You are 9 months old! You’ve now been out longer than you were in, and in some regards that doesn’t even seem possible. At other times though, I do have to begrudgingly admit that you are becoming more and more of a toddler and less of a little baby, so I guess the calendar is right. I look back at pictures from your first few months of life and it’s almost hard to believe that that sleepy little baby who didn’t interact with us too terribly much is the same active funny little boy who entertains us so very much every day now!
During your ninth month, you got your 3rd tooth. Just like the first two, we wouldn’t have even known that you were teething if we wouldn’t have seen the tooth sticking out of your adorable little gums. It seems that the only adverse side effect of teething for you is getting ear infections each time a new tooth comes out. You are so very good natured though, that even an ear infection doesn’t really bother you that much. We hope you stay that way!
Speaking of ear infections, you are such a champ at taking herbal tinctures now. When Dr. Beth gave you your first tincture, you acted like we were trying to poison you. Now, however, you love it! It has licorice root in it, so it tastes a bit like black licorice and you seem to like that...which should make your Grandma Susan happy. We’ve also started you on a liquid multivitamin formulated especially for little ones in order to further boost your immune system, and you willingly take that every night as well. We sure did get lucky in the good natured child department, my love!
Lots of food progress this month. In fact, I would say that you underwent a food revolution during your ninth month! There really hasn’t been anything that we’ve given you that you didn’t like. When you get a little bigger and are on food full-time, I have a feeling that it will be hard to keep up with your appetite! :)
You are getting really good at independent play, and will happily pull books off the shelf or play with your favorite toys as long as we are nearby. You also continue to love motoring around in your little walker, and you sometimes get upset if we walk by it without stopping for some walker time. You also absolutely love to talk! On your daily sheet from daycare, it almost always says that one of your favorite activities for the day was talking. My little chatterbox, I just love to hear your excited “ba, ba, ba!” and of course my absolute favorite is when you say mama over and over.
Near the end of this month, you had your biggest gross motor skills development yet when you started crawling! You’d been bouncing and wanting to crawl for quite some time, and you finally decided the time was right about a week before you turned 9 months old. Your preferred mode of transportation in the beginning of this little crawling journey was an army crawl, and it is so darn cute to see you pulling yourself around to get where you want!
Oh Wyatt, I know I say this every month but we love you so much. I never want to forget all of these details about your early months. The major milestones are important, but it’s the little things especially that I keep near and dear to my heart. The way you pinch the back of our arms when we hold you, the way your little body curls up against mine when we go to bed, your breathless giggle when I tickle the bottom of your feet, your intense focus and use of both hands when you pick up small pieces of food and bring them to your mouth, the way you shiver and shrug your shoulders whenever I run my fingers up the back of your head, the way you kick your feet when you see something you like, and so so much more. I could spend all my time just loving on you, and it still wouldn’t be enough. And I know your Papa feels exactly the same way.
Your official 9-mo stats are as follows: 21.3 lbs (60th percentile, you've dropped a bit in your weight gain but you are still as healthy as can be); 30.75 inches long (95th percentile) and your head is 18.5 inches around. Grow baby grow!
As always, here is the link to your continuing Flickr album. Love it.