Today you are nine months old.
And I almost missed writing this letter! But not becuz I didn't want to. It's just that this month went by in the blink of an eye. I am so surprised that you are only three months away from your very first birthday!
You are, as usual, a very fun little boy! You spend your days giggling and smiling. We've started calling you The Clown, becuz you seem to make it your mission to make everyone laugh. No matter how bad of a day Daddy or Mommy have had at work, we come home and can't help but smile at your happy face.
You have six teeth in your mouth so far (two on the bottom and four on top). I don't doubt that more will sprout through the gums any day! You had apple for the first time ever this month and those teeth of yours helped you gnaw away, while Daddy held the apple for you. You loved it!
You have also mastered waving this month, little man. You've been waving for a while, however, I think you've finally grasped what you are doing. We wave "hello" to each other all the time. Mommy thinks you are also grasping what a "nose" is cuz we talk about it so much (and you grab our noses often!) so it's cute for us to ask where our nose is and have you touch it in reply. You've also started instigating the game of Peek-a-boo all on your own, by covering your face with the blanket and then putting it down and laughing, waiting for us to say "Peek-a-boo"!
You are very inquisitive of other kids now, Hunter! You often have to get right up into the thick of things, to see what other boys and girls are playing with and doing. Although a few seconds after I took this photo below, your little buddy Anthony put his hand on your shoulder and you started crying. You're still a little unsure!
Hunter, you epitomize the typical little boy. You are always on the move and can not sit still. You climb on and over your toys, try to climb furniture and are inquisitive about anything and everything. Your Playskool "tent" is your most favorite toy and you crawl into it often, to play with a toy or gnaw on a book. There are baby gates up all over the house to keep you sequestered in the baby-proofed living room. You aren't allowed in the kitchen anymore unless we take the dog's water bowl off of the floor cuz you've now claimed it as one of your toys--you happily splash away in it! And the dog food can no longer stay on the floor if you are in the kitchen, becuz you ended up sampling a few kernels of it last week. ;-)
You can stand on your own so well and then slowly lower yourself back down to a sitting position. Mommy and Daddy's friend, Mindy, was so surprised at your control. You have tried to take a step away from the couch/toy but then let yourself drop. I don't think you are quite ready to walk yet, but, I feel it's only a matter of time. You crawl super fast, often moving quicker than anyone anticipates!
Mommy is bringing you to the doctor's for your nine month visit this week, but we know already that you weigh 22 lbs. Our big boy! I can't wait to see how tall you are, too.
And this was a total accident, but you blew your nose into a tissue this month! You and Mommy both ended up with some wicked colds that had us both stuffed up and filled with lots of snot. Yuck. Mommy often came at you wielding a tissue, and once when you tried to get me away, you blew hard--right into the tissue! I managed to get you to do it two more times. I know it was a fluke, but it was a funny one, silly boy.
No more baby bath seats in the tub, little man! Starting this month, Mommy sits you in the tub like a big boy and you love to chew on your rubber duckies and crawl around in the water to get what you want. You have no fear of water!Another thing Mommy needs to point out? You are SO impatient! That's a trait you've inherited from Daddy. If you can't reach a toy that you want, you "throw a tantrum". We've gotten good at ignoring the "fake" cries and then you immediately stop when you don't get the attention from it. Crazy kid.
Hunter, you are an amazingly handsome, smart and silly nine month old boy. We love you with all our hearts! Watching you grow has been the most amazing thing that's ever happened to us. Love you, bubs.
Mommy and Daddy