Dear Eva Bean,
Today, you are 9 months old. You know what that means, right? You’ve now been a part of the world for as long as you were in my tummy. That is unreal to me.
You are becoming more and more beautiful, fun, mischievous, adventurous and sweet with every passing moment. You have changed ever so much this month. Your hair has gotten quite bit longer and thicker and now that you have a mouth full of pearly whites, your looks are really changing. You are becoming more and more like a little girl and less and less like a baby every time I look at you.
You now weigh 18 pounds 1 ounce and are 27 inches long. You are wearing 9 and 12 month clothes. All of your 9 month things still fit you well but most of your summer clothes are 12 month and you can get away with wearing them just fine, too. You are wearing size 3 diapers and are just about too big for your size Medium cloth diaper covers.
Mommy has declared this past month the month of the teeth. You are now sporting SIX teeth. Four on top and two on the bottom. All four top teeth came in within a few weeks of each other. Your first top tooth came in just before you turned 8 months old and then it’s partner followed shortly behind, showing up on May 29th. Then within the next two weeks, tooth #5 (beside top left) and tooth #6 (beside top right) showed up. So far, there are no signs of any more coming anytime soon but maybe they will surprise us.
Now that you are becoming more and more steady on your feet, standing is your favourite thing to do. You stood up in your crib all by yourself for the first time on your 8 month birthday. Now, you pull up on anything and everything – sometimes things that aren’t very safe, life your car seat – and are quickly mastering the art of cruising. Near the beginning of the month you loved to walk along holding onto my hands but you aren’t very interested in that anymore. You’d much rather get yourself where you want to go, so you favour crawling and cruising. You are a speed crawler. You can get from A to B in two seconds, sometimes before I even notice that you’re moving. Although you’re not standing by yourself yet, you have stood solo for up to 10 seconds at a time, but you are still too wobbly. If I get you standing you’re fine until you realize you’re standing, and then you fall down. You are an adventurous daredevil like your father. You seem to have no fear when it comes to climbing, crawling, and exploring. Ey ie ie. I’m in for it.
As a fair trade for all of the standing you’ve been doing, you are also very generous with giving out hugs and kisses. The kisses go to mostly anyone, but the hugs seem to be reserved for Mama so far. You are very cuddly right before and right after naptime, or when you’re upset, but other than that, you’re on the move.
You’ve also started saying a few “words” this month. Near the end of May you started signing “puppy” when I would see her, hear her name or hear the word puppy. Shortly after, you started saying, “Ka” quite often. Although it was a coincidence, we encouraged you to say NIKA every time we heard that sound and within a few days, you started saying “Ee KA” when you saw your puppy or heard her name. At the beginning of June, you started saying Da Da. Although you haven’t connected it to Daddy yet, you babble da da da all day long and say it when prompted. You also say, “Ga”, “Ba”, and “Hiiiii”. Although, aside from Nika, I don’t think you’ve made any connection between and sounds and words. I’m still waiting on Mama. Any time now, okay, kiddo?
I noticed you putting your hand to your mouth before eating fairly often, and just the other day, you clearly signed Eat. I haven’t seen it as clearly again, but I know you’re getting it. When I sign Eat to you, you often smack your lips and motor to your high chair.
Speaking of food, you are eating like a champ. You nurse 4-5 times per day and eat 3 solid meals, and often a snack. Other than fruit purees that get mixed with yogurt for breakfast and the occasional pouch of baby food on the go, your diet consists entirely of table food. Some of your new favourites are toast, whole wheat pasta, rice, beef, tomato sauce, strawberries, raspberries, black beans, kidney beans, pork chops, cheese (which was accompanied by clapping and squealing when you first tasted it), yogurt and much much more. Most of the time you are able to eat what we are eating. You loved cabbage rolls and perogies the best. You are getting very good at picking up food and self feeding. For a long time it seemed you didn’t want to do this and then one day, you just started picking it up. And you haven’t stopped.
We’ve been spending a lot of time outside, which you love. Most of the time, you cry when I bring you inside. You love to go for walks, play in the pool, and play on the grass. Speaking of grass, it has also been a large part of your diet this month. You love to put that stuff in your mouth! Yikes. You always make me laugh when we’re outside because you scrunch up your face like the sun is in your eyes all.the.time. No matter what, if we’re outside, your face is scrunched. It’s so cute.
This month you went for a ride on the tractor with your Daddy and you loved playing with both Nika and Delilah (the landlord’s puppy).
You have learned so many fun things this month. You clap your hands, do some kind of weird snorty breath while squishing up your face, and are starting to sometimes blow kisses. When you are upset, you blow raspberries with your mouth and make bubbles. It is so hard not to laugh at you.
This month has been a blast, my girl. You are so much fun and you make my life more interesting than I ever could have imagined. We’re getting dangerously close to a year, though, so let’s slow down, m’kay? I want to keep these moments forever.
I love you so much that I’m afraid my heart is going to burst.