Friday, May 13, 2011

9 Months!

Our Ellie girl turned 9 months old yesterday. Can you believe it? We sure can't! She is growing so fast and practically a toddler it seems!

New things about Ellie:
Her third tooth started to break through last Saturday - her top left one. And the next one it looks like she's working on? Not her other front tooth, but the smaller incisor to the left of the tooth that just broke through! Ok, so she'll look like she's in the IHL. That's Infant Hockey League to all of you "keep my baby safe" parents. Pshhh.

She also loves her johnny jump-up now and tries to jump in her walker, on our lap at church, on my stomach, or any random time she feels like jumping, which she loves to do. She got up on her hands and knees for the first time last night and bobbed there for a few seconds, so we're probably not far from crawling now. She also is actually starting to hold on to objects she's standing against instead of looking all over the place so she falls, although she still does that a lot too.
One new big development - self feeding! She can now feed herself crackers, vanilla wafer cookies, graham crackers, cereal puffs, and yogurt melts. Ellie also likes taking big bites out of banana pieces now too. She's still totally our garbage disposal though and will eat anything we giver her including: chili, bbq chips, lemonade, pita bread, and string cheese, just to name a few of the random things she's tried just in the last week or so.

This video is from earlier today. In about a week she went from not feeding herself anything to being a pro!

In the same time we went from not holding anything to loving to hold her own sippy cup (thank you new cups with smaller mouths and handles) and occasionally the bottle. Ok, really she has to be at an incline or laying down to mast these things, but it's progress! Sometimes her wanting to control the bottle does more harm than good, and other times she just wants to chew on her bottles and sippy cups, but oh well. Our independent girl gets more independent... Sad in some ways, but so exciting to see her master new skills!

Ok, you can all tell me we're terrible parents, but she doesn't actually fall asleep with a bottle, and never with juice. However, she does sometimes realize only when she's in her crib that she is starving and really should load her stomach up before napping. We've tried all sorts of other things, but she'll take a bottle in the crib, finish, and then roll over and go to sleep. (By the way, isn't her crib set sooooo cute! That's the set Grandma Reva and Erin made for her, and I LOVE it!)
Speaking of sleeping, we don't get much that isn't interrupted here anymore. I don't know if it's teething, upset stomach, bad dreams, not eating before bed, but whatever it is, she gets up at some random time of night lately for a bottle and/or cuddles.

More on sleep: isn't she awesome?

Typical naptime position anymore - on her side with no covers, only a blanket to cuddle with. Just a matter of where I find her in the crib when I go in to cover her up (and shift her in the case of this picture).

Let's see, more on Ellie right now. She loves chewing on blankets, especially whatever light blanket we put in there for her cuddle blanket. She also just continues to chew a lot in general right now - thank you continuous teething. She recognizes and calms down for the sight of tylenol and orajel....

We still watch cartoons in the morning and now she thinks Super WHY is awesome! It's a reading show that isn't too bad, although I myself enjoy "The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about That".

She can now work her popper toy and also likes her stuffed animal toys and chewing toys a lot lately. We took her swimming about a week and a half ago, and she loves being in the water, even at a chilly 81 degrees! She's also so laid back about water she took her shower before and afterward like a champ!

Well, that's most of the major things for now I think. Ellie gets more independent by the day, and cuter too! We are excited to see how huge she is at her 9 month check up in a week or so since she's outgrown most of her clothing and we're going to have to start buying her 18-24 month clothes here soon. That's right, in this household we don't believe in having tiny babies. Steve wants her to grow big so she can be the post for her basketball team that I only dreamed I was...

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