At nine months, Amelia is turning into quite the little person — she’s sweet, sensitive, super stubborn, and constantly keeping me on my toes!
Length: 27.75 inches (56%ile) Weight: 17 lbs. (31%ile) Head: 17 inches (55%ile)
She’s wearing size 2 diapers, and a mix of 3-6 month and 6-9 month clothing.
- Being outside
- Going for walks in the stroller
- Playing with other babies and kids
- Story time
- Chewing on everything
- “Popsicles” (aka a mesh feeder filled with ice cubes)
- Crawling around the house
- Reading books
- Climbing on the furniture
- Swinging in the baby swing outside
- Getting ready for/going to bed
- Getting dressed
- Having her diaper changed
- Loud noises (the blow dryer, vacuum, blender, etc.)
- Being held by unfamiliar people
- When Mommy or Daddy leave the room
- The feeling of grass (evidence below)
What a month it has been. The biggest challenge has been sleep. Our sweet baby, who previously slept through the night, suddenly refused to sleep at nighttime. I feel like I need to apologize to any bed-sharing parent I’ve ever questioned, because this month we threw safety out the window and tried it all. The nighttime wake-ups are due to multiple things — teething, a new nap schedule and a lot of separation anxiety — and we’ve finally gotten to a point where it’s getting better. She was screaming as we put her down to sleep and screaming every hour or two after that, which left me feeling sad and defeated. So, she’d usually end up sleeping on my chest in my bed. She’d fall asleep immediately that way, and we were all tired, so it worked. We tried putting the pack n’ play in our room also, to see if having us closer would help, but it didn’t help enough to make it a habit. This week, we’ve resorted to letting her cry it out a little bit. After two nights of that, she’s sleeping in her crib again (not without a few cuddles with mama in the rocking chair if/when she does wake up, though — I can’t stand the CIO method), but we’re still taking it one night at a time. It’s just a phase, and I know I’ll look back and miss all of the cuddles!
Funny enough, despite the nighttime troubles, naps have been great. She’s now taking two long naps, usually around 1.5 to 2.5 hours each. We made this switch as soon as she turned 8 months old, kind of by accident because she missed her second nap one day and I realized she didn’t need it anymore. She’s drinking four bottles, and eating two “meals” a day, in the form of purees. We’ve tried giving her finger foods, but she has little interest and would rather be spoon fed. This is what a typical day for Amelia looks like:
6:30 am: Wake-up/cuddles
7 am: Bottle/play time
8 am: Breakfast (usually a fruit and healthy fat)/listen to music/read books and get ready for a nap
8:30 am: First nap
10:30 am: Bottle
10:45 am: Run errands/go for a walk/play
1 pm: Bottle/read books and get ready for a nap
1:30 pm: Second nap
3:30 pm: “Dinner” (usually a vegetable or two)/listen to music
4 pm: Go for a walk/play outside/playtime with Daddy
5 pm: Bottle/get ready for bed/read books
6 pm: Bedtime
Amelia can say two words/phrases now — “mama” and “I love you.” I know that sounds crazy, but both my mom and sister have witnessed it. She also likes mimicking us when we make the blowing bubbles sound with our lips. She is crawling up a storm and standing up on all of the furniture. I can’t leave the room or turn my back when she’s awake, and I no longer have the privilege of going to the bathroom by myself (ha!). She is my little shadow, and as tiring as it can be some days, I love it.
It’s funny for me to look back and think about how nervous I used to get taking Amelia places, because now she’s my little sidekick. From a bridal shower to a funeral, to getting my eyebrows waxed, she joins me. Going down to two naps has given us a lot of freedom, because I know I’ll have a good three hour chunk of time to run errands and get out of the house. It also helps that she doesn’t mind the car now and can entertain herself with her pacis and teethers.
Early this month, I joined a Strollfit class through Baby Boot Camp, which has been great for us. I really missed taking classes at the gym, and it’s been a good way for me to get out of the house and work out without having to worry about childcare. Amelia likes it too, and has fun chasing around the other babies after class. We also go to story time at the library, and were recently invited to join a local playgroup. Having that circle of stay (or work)-at-home moms is beneficial, even if we only see them once a week at classes.
As far as Jordan goes, he’s starting to create a little routine with Amelia that allows him to see her for more than a few minutes a day. She cuddles with him in the morning and “helps” him in the kitchen while he makes his coffee, and then after work he usually feeds her a bottle and plays with her while I get dinner ready. He’s been able to get home earlier from work also, which has been great since she goes to bed so early.
I’m really excited to enjoy the summer with Amelia, and see how she continues to grow. I can’t believe that I’m already thinking about her first birthday!