Nine months old...
Noah you are growing up so fast...but you're still my little baby boy!
(This one will have to do, until I get the other one edited right.)
It seems like in the last month you have really changed in many ways...
you are able to whip up into the sitting position like a champ,
you can crawl so quick and so uniform,
you pull yourself up to anything you can possibly get enough grip to do so,
you WALK alongside the furniture you pull yourself up to,
you CLIMB stairs (what???),
and you finally broke through those ol' teeth...you have 2 1/2, that other bottom one is almost all the way broke through making it 3 (within a couple weeks).
You also enjoy banging your hands against most everything...chairs, toys, people, your crib rail...anything, especially if it makes a noise.
You have started to "sing" when others around you are singing. I noticed it first at church..its funny. You open your mouth and just make noise with the music.
You are starting to babble more and loudly when you do! Your choice words are "ba, baaa, baaaa" every now and then you switch it up with a "daaa daa daaa". (Not exactly "dada" in terms of your daddy however!)
You play shy with people...you like them to look at you and you smile at them, but then quickly tuck your head into me and peek to see if they are still looking.
You have a special liking for me (don't worry I like you too!)...Daddy claims you will be fine for him, until I walk in the room and then you decide you need some attention from only me...happy to oblige.
You like to play with anything you're not supposed to...anything found on the floor that didn't get swept up in a timely manner. It seems a little crazy that you won't touch the MANY toys that we lay out for you to get into. Although Christian will sometimes leave an intentional trail of your toys to see if you'll stop at each one to check them out...its pretty amusing.
You love "playtime in Christian's room" (as Christian calls it)...where you mosey on in there to check out what's going on. Your favorite spot is to climb on his bed, since its on the floor. But you'll pull up to the train table..if he lets you, and walk around it. You also love your baths with Christian (you sit in your blue tub, while the regular tub is filled for Christian). The two of you can giggle so sweet!
As far as sleep...well, you don't really have much improvement in that area since last month. I don't know what happened from the several weeks that you seemed to have it figured out a couple months back. I don't count how many times you usually wake up in the night...not really a reason to figure that out. But when you do sleep, its the sweetest thing ever. In your crib you usually end up laying on your side, on top of your white blanket (that really has been a little lifesaver at getting you to go down!). And you sleep with the same Christmas lullaby CD that Christian does...we get Christmas tunes all year round I guess! If I can't get you to go to sleep any other way and I've tried feeding you...I rock you and you bury your head downward in between my arm and my chest. Silly guy!
You like to swing. You actually roll out of this hammock swing a little too easy now..because you don't sit still anymore. But you LOVE to be pushed in the baby swing. It relaxes you every time!
Your head sweats...easily! Thankfully the summer has actually been mild!
You love to sit in this position on your Grandpa and Daddy especially. You get up on your little perch and start banging away on their head! This was taken on the boat in Arkansas (we went with the whole Sweigart clan). You were NOT however a fan of the trip there or back...yikes.
You eat...better than you were last month. I think you prefer table food over baby food..but of course not always, because that would mean I could figure it out! Some "table" foods that you seem to like are bread, Cheerios, pineapple, noodles, crackers, meatballs, and your puffs. For some reason you often do better with the baby food that is packaged in the bag with the screw top lid...half of the time, you will eat it directly from the bag if I squirt it in your mouth.
You have a very DIRECT form of communicating that you do not want to eat...you provide the noise (not crying, but a closed mouth version of loud whining), you give the stiff arm swat to get the food away from your mouth, or you finally just start crying and refuse to be convinced that it would be a good idea to eat a meal.
Your hair is light brown, with a tint of strawberry blond in it. Your eyes are still very blue.
You wear mostly 9 month clothing...some 12 month rompers. You wear size 3 diapers.
You are 19 lb 6 oz....and 28 inches tall.
So glad you are growing and healthy...
we love you Noah Bear...a WHOLE bunch!