Today marks your 9th month with us and it's crazy to me to think, for as long as I got to carry you in my belly, we've now had the pleasure of holding you in our arms!
What a big nine month old girl you are becoming! You still wear 12 months in clothes and size 4 in diapers but you seem to have gotten taller to Mommy! At your 9 month wellness Pediatrician appointment you weighed 18 lbs 11 oz, so not much of a gain (from 17 lbs 6 oz at your 6 month check up), but the doctor said it's normal with how active you are. You really NEVER stop moving. And you are now 28 inches long, so an inch longer, my tall girl! We also found out you have eczema so Mommy is going to have to start applying the lotion a lot more than I normally do!
You celebrated your first Thanksgiving this month and got to sample a little bit of everything on our dinner dishes: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn and then a little bit of pumpkin pie w/cool whip for dessert! And like the little piggy you are, you gobbled up every bite we gave you. Another first, the day after Thanksgiving we did our yearly tradition of going to cut down a fresh Christmas tree. You seemed to enjoy the fresh air (it was mild that day) and while you seem to like the pretty white lights Mommy put on the Christmas tree, you are a good baby who doesn't really try to touch the tree or ornaments!
You pull up to standing pretty regularly now, and no longer wobble while doing it! In addition, you can slowly lower yourself back down to a sitting position (while holding onto furniture, baby gate, etc). You seemed to have developed a tad bit of separation anxiety this month when it comes to Mommy, and you don't really let her leave the room, without loud crazy screams from you. And then you do the super fast, anxious crawl to catch up to me, shoving the baby gate aside to squeeze by it.
You are a now a pro holding and drinking out of your sippy cup. You only drink water out of it. You are still nursed like 90% of the time. You get 1 bottle of formula at Nana's house Monday through Thursday while Mommy is at work and to drink it, you lay on the floor and hold the bottle yourself. Avery, you've also tried all the "allergy" foods with no problems: strawberries, eggs and peanut butter. You love ALL of them!
Mommy's been noticing this month that your dry skin has gotten a bit more patchy and coarse lately. It could be from the cold weather, but it's definitely something we will be bringing up at your next pedi visit. And your soft, brown hair is slooooowly starting to thicken up. We especially notice it growing longer behind your ears. You also have SEVEN teeth now! Not too long ago, four popped through on top. And just last week or so, your third bottom tooth came out. The teething has been VERY bad at times but cuddles always help. It affected your sleeping patterns as well. You wake up every night again, usually just once, and Mommy was nursing you back to sleep. But now that the teeth are all through, and you are happier, we are weaning from nighttime nursing (four days in a row so far!) And then you are an early-riser so sleep is scarce in this house!
Mommy had pictures done this month of you and your brother in preparation for Christmas. While your brother wasn't very cooperative, you smiled your way through the entire session. The pics came out SO adorable and you looked beautiful in your burgundy and black lace Christmas dress.
Avery, thank you for making us so happy. For giving your Mom and Dad and brother so much love! It's hard to believe it's been nine months already but at the same time, it feels like you've been a part of our family forever. In three short months you will be a one year old, and we are so not ready for that. Mommy is going to hold onto her sweet baby girl for as long as possible!
We love you always, Avery Irene,
Daddy, Mommy, and Hunter