You have changed so much in the last 3 months. On your 6 month birthday you weren't even sitting up completely on your own (it was a few days later) and now, just 3 months later you are very close to walking! You can walk around the footstool and love pulling up and getting into all sorts of trouble. This weekend you had a grand time playing in the cat's water bowl on our porch.
At your doctor's appointment yesterday you weighed 20 lb. 8 oz. and and were 27 inches long. I can't believe how big you are!
For your nine month birthday, Mommy and Daddy bought you a neat LeapFrog Table. Of course, we couldn't wait to give it to you, and you just love it.
You have lots of favorite toys -- Tony the tiger is still a winner but you've also latched on to the inchworm that we bought you when we went to Galena. You love your little links and they have managed to find homes in every room of our house! You can pull up and really play with your kitchen now too. Grammie has lots of toys at her house and you really enjoy playing 'knock over the blocks' with the blocks from your wagon there.
You're still wearing size 3 diapers and you're in 12 month clothes. Some of the 12 month clothes are a bit snug. Mommy ordered you your first pair of shoes in a size 5, wowza, Mr. Big Feet!!
You eat incredibly well. Everything we have given you, you seem to enjoy. We are doing more and more table food but I am still trying to keep you on a mostly fruit and vegetable plan. I know it's better for you. For over a month now you've flat out refused your puree unless it is mixed with cereal. You want real chunks of food -- none of this puree stuff! You will still eat applesauce and mashed sweet potato without any issue though. Go figure! Mango, starfruit, honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon, avocado, banana, sweet potato, peas, black beans, green beans, pears, plums, peaches, carrots, and chicken chunks -- I think that is all we have in the fridge for you right now. Poor kid, we must be afraid you're going to go hungry.
We are still breastfeeding. I can't believe we've made it this far. My goal is to never give you formula and I feel pretty confident we will make it. You are only drinking milk 3 times a day now. (You dropped your before bed feeding about 3 weeks ago -- for several nights in a row you just didn't want to eat before bed. In many ways it is good -- now we can brush your four teeth right after supper.) I feed you when you wake up in the morning and before supper and Grammie gives you a bottle at lunchtime. I pump every night before bed to make sure you'll have plenty for the next day.
Your sleep habits are wonderful. You've been sleeping through the night since 5 months and now we have the routines so down pat that you go down without a hitch for naps and bed. You're napping twice a day -- at 10 and 2. You go to bed for the night at about 7:30 and you're up between 7:30 and 8 in the morning. Daddy and I check on you each night before we go to bed and you're so adorable sleeping in your crib. We can't help but look at each other and marvel how we became so lucky...
You took your first bath in the big bathtub on Sunday and loved it. You're definitely a big fan of the water. We don't even cover your eyes when we rinse your hair and you never complain! I think you would play in the water all day if we would let you. I'm thinking with the right training we might be lucky enough to have a little Michael Phelps on our hands... (A mom can dream, right?)
You have a wonderful disposition and everyone you meet finds you a pleasure to be around. We take you everywhere and you love to be on the go. You do so well when we go shopping, out for walks, or to restaurants. You never fuss and love riding in the car too. You even do well on longer car trips to Grandpa and Grandma's house. Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you!
You are cuter each day and so loved. I can't imagine another little boy in this world who is as loved as you... And yes, you're pretty spoiled too. ;) Your personality is emerging and your happiness is contagious. Even when Mommy and Daddy have had a rough day all we have to do is play with you and listen to your laugh. Your laugh truly is infectious. Your whole face lights up when you smile and with that sparkle in your eyes and the pleasant melody of your laughter one must question if there is anything more beautiful.
I can't imagine what my life would be like without you... And I can't remember what it was like to not know you... Thank you for being our little man.