We can’t believe Ella is already 9 months old! Her check-up went well today. She had only one shot and a little bloodwork done to test iron levels (standard procedure). I don’t know what she hated worse- being pinned down or being pricked. She’s 28 inches tall and 16.5 pounds. Translation: tall and skinny. Dr is pleased with her growth and development and said she’ll be walking before we know it. Ella just started blowing her food out of her mouth the minute I spoon it in….then smiles because she thinks it’s funny. It’s hard not to let her see us laugh. She’s also starting to share her crackers with whoever is sitting close by. It gives us a great opportunity to introduce “please” and “thank you.” She loves someone to blow on her hands and feet and lets out a hearty belly laugh almost every time. The house is slowly becoming un-decorated. If she can’t reach something, she’s now getting up on her tippy toes for a little boost. I’ve cleared off lower shelves and she’s working to clear off lamp tables. She “talks” to me all day and loves turning pages in whatever book we’re reading. And- she is officially the hairpuller within her peer group. (I’d rather her do that than bite.) Joel and I marvel at how much life has changed from a year ago…..but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Oh, and Rosey is doing good too. Just staying out of the path of the baby. The dining room table is her hideout. Gotta run- Ella is rearranging kitchen furniture as we speak!!!
Ella really gives my friend Brian a friendly wave. I had the good fortune of meeting Brian in business school. He and his wife Lamandra are expecting their first baby in January. Ella dispensed her dinner on their floor that night…..but that didn’t make it on video.
Well, it’s 11 pm and the baby just got to bed…..I know, we’re surprised too. Don’t worry, it’s not been a rough night for her….she’s been happy as a clam, just so long as we didn’t put her in the bed. We did the usual routine with bath at 8:30, then bed before 9. She cried more than usual once we put her in bed, so Joel rescued her and she played good and hard all through the living room and kitchen. Crawling SO fast, playing peekaboo with mommy around the couch, pulling up on her big green dragon MANY times, climbing in and out of a box I had in the room, tapping her little toys on the floor, slapping the bookcase, rearranging magnets on the fridge, licking the dishwasher, chewing on binky, reading Brown Bear, etc. She’s been busy, busy, busy. She didn’t nap more than usual today….guess she just thought we’d extended visitation hours or something. What a kick! She was also talking up a storm. Now loves to stick her tongue in and out of her mouth really fast while making noise….kinda sounds like, "Laddoo laddoo laddoo laddoo," over and over and really fast. Joel and I have just been shaking our heads and laughing……if asked, I’d say this stage is my favorite. But ask me again in a month or two and I’ll probably say the same thing. I know I said it a few months ago. 😉