Dear sweet Harper,
Happy nine months (+ a day)! You’ve officially been outside in the world longer than you were inside. :) It is such a joy to get to be home with you each day as you discover new things and show us more of your personality.
Everyone that meets you comments on what a happy baby you are. Although you definitely have more of a temper than your sister had at this age, you also smile a lot more than she did, too. I was looking back at her 9 month letter and had commented on how outgoing she was – that she always wanted all attention on her. Sister, you are NOT like that. While you are generally pretty easy going and generous with the smiles, if a stranger stops to talk to you when you didn’t want them to, you let us ALL know. It’s not uncommon for me to have to console a sobbing, screaming baby while apologizing to some sweet stranger who just wanted to say hi at the same time! I think you may be a little more introverted than your sister. :)
Schedule-wise you are officially down to 2 naps now; usually around 10:30 and 2:30 for an hour and a half to two hours each. Bedtime is around 7:30 and you wake up for the day around 7:30. Anything is fair game between the hours of 7p and 7a though! You occasionally sleep all night (thank you!) but more often wake at least once to nurse or rock (with ONLY me…daddy will not do for those wake ups!). It’s okay, though. I know these days and nights will pass all too quickly, so I will take all the snuggles you’ll give me! There is nothing sweeter than rocking you to sleep and hearing your sweet snores in my arms.
Sister, you are OB-SESSED with blueberries! Not the cheapest obsession, but I supposed it could be worse. :) You would eat an entire container in one sitting if I let you! You usually eat 3 “meals” a day and nurse 5-6x a day. In addition to blueberries, you’ll eat pretty much anything we give you. Your favorites right now are blueberries, bananas, peas, green beans, avocado, grilled chicken, cheese, puffs, and blueberry waffles. You can also (mostly) drink out of a straw already! You love to play with my water bottle (which has a straw) and will sip on my water all day – half the time the water just pours back out of your mouth though.
This month you officially started crawling! You’re crawling, waving, clapping, giving kisses and giggling at your big sister all day long! Big sister isn’t as excited about the crawling as we are, though…apparently you’re not quite as fun to be around when you can steal her toys. ;) You love to blow raspberries still (mainly to try to make people laugh), babble the “b” sound all day long (the “M” is the only other consonant you say right now, and it usually only comes out as ma-ma-ma when you’re sad, tired or upset), and fake laugh/fake cough to get a giggle out of your sister. You’ve also started throwing your paci back in your crib when I get you up from nap or in the morning and you always wave bye-bye to it.
You have a cute little freckle on your left knee, a dimple on your right cheek and still no teeth! Your doctor’s appointment isn’t for a couple days, so I’ll have to come back and update with your stats…
- Diapers: Size 4
- Clothes: 12-18m and 18-24m
We had a fun month with you going to the Texas State Fair, trick or treating with friends and visiting the Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum with nana and great grandma! I’ll share those pictures soon! Such a fun month – can’t wait to see what the next month brings! Love you so little one!