9 Months Old

Lily is officially 9 months old! Wow!! Time flies! There are a few things to update on, since the last post.

She’s crawling a WHOLE lot faster, and she’s learning how to walk. Yes, walk. What the heck. She’s only 9 months old! She’s also been able to pull herself up to standing using furniture, items, toys, etc. It’s really neat, though a little dangerous because she’s so wobbly. She’s very independent, not wanting to hold onto Mommy’s or Daddy’s hands. She wants to do it all herself. She stood a couple of times by herself for a few seconds already, so she’s getting really close.

With feeding issues, I’ve been relaxing a bit (okay well, a lot actually) and just letting her take the flow and me going with it. She was protesting at every meal because I was giving her lumps and trying to get her to pick up her food. Obviously she wasn’t ready, as my friends have told me. So I let go of the “picking up food” bit, and just went back to feeding her with puree’d baby food. I’m still making all of her food, so that was easy enough. We’ve been making it thicker in consistency, and she’s been adjusting okay to that. She didn’t like it at first, but little by little doesn’t seem to make it too bad for her. She’s getting used to it, and is now starting to eat all her food in her bowl again. For about a week she was pissed off and anxious at mealtimes, so she wasn’t wanting to be in her high chair. Poor baby.

I also got her her own spoon to practice feeding herself (since she doesn’t like getting her precious hands dirty.. hehe). I found one that you can make bend, so that the baby can hold it to her mouth better. She loves it! I put some food on the spoon, and then let her play with it, and she’s gotten the hint that she can put the spoon into her mouth and feed herself! So cool!

Anyway, today she tried yogurt (with pears, apples, and avocado) for the first time, and after making this horrified, soured expression, she asked for more by opening her mouth. Ha! She’s not allergic (thank goodness), so I gave her yogurt for breakfast and lunch. She’s getting used to the taste. She even gave me a smile!

Here she is feeding herself some yogurt.

Today, she also had some cheerios for the first time. I put about a handful in one of her bigger bowls, and then I just sat with her in front of her “Your Baby Can Read” DVD. We cuddled there, and I was snacking on the cheerios. I didn’t even ask her if she wanted some. Naturally, of course, she figured that since it was “Mommy’s snack,” she wants some too! So she naturally grabbed some, and started practicing her grip. She watched me put them in my mouth and chew, and then she tried to do the same herself! I was being all nonchalant about it, pretending it wasn’t a big deal (I didn’t want to discourage her by encouraging too much, as she had figured that out when I tried having her pick up some of her slimier foods before!). Since it was low-pressure, she picked it up beautifully. After trying a LOT, she managed to actually put one in her mouth, and started chewing/gumming until it melted. Then she grabbed for another. SCORE!!

It was a messy lesson in cheerio-eating today, but it was fun and it was so awesome seeing her pick food up on her own.

We also got some baby rusks for her to chew on, and she isn’t allergic. Another SCORE! She liked it enough, though wasn’t fond of it once she had nibbled/slobbered on it enough that it got all slimy. She promptly dropped it in my hand and wouldn’t touch it again because it made her hands dirty. I had to get her another clean, unchewed one. Oh boy.

Our Lily is growing SO fast! She’s doing so well with all her advances and milestones. She’s crawling faster now, and she’s playing games while crawling. Here, she’s playing peek-a-boo with me. It was so cute. She was so happy when she “found” me.

AND, today, she started walking/pushing her radio flyer wagon! She hasn’t learned how to use it until today! She was moving forward! Yay!!

The photos from our photo shoot with Kendra King Gable came in, too. Here are some of my favorite shots of Lily.

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Yay Lily! Isn’t it fun to watch them try to move on their own? So cute with the wagon!

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