Tuesday, December 29, 2015

nine months

^^ Another set of not great quality pictures. Sorry, Ezra! ^^ 

Size: Ezra is in size 4 diapers, wearing 6-12 and 12-18 month clothing. She weighs a whopping 22 pounds (finally surpassing Uriah's baby weight - they have always been the exact same weight at any given month), in the 95% and is 28 inches tall, in the 70%.

Eat: Ezra is finally starting to eat solids! We've tried on and off since she was a little over 5 months old and she's just now starting to show more interest. Though she likes them, acidic fruits (mango and peaches) don't seem to settle well with her tummy, but she is a big fan of applesauce and banana. She also loves sweet potato, avocado and mom and dad's smoothies ;) She is still nursing like a champ, nursing about every 3 hours, and showing no signs of weaning, which I am completely happy about!

Teeth: Ezra has 3 and a half teeth! Her two bottom teeth and her top right tooth. Her second top tooth is making it's slow appearance, breaking skin and then disappearing again, poor girl. Hopefully it will come through and stay through soon! For now, I can't see or feel any more teeth so we might have a little teething break heading our way.

Sleep: This last month has been a little all over the place for sleep. Typically, she was waking up one to three times a night and I blamed it on teething and a new bowel schedule, but just before she officially turned 9 months I decided to "sleep train" her, again, and after just one night of "crying it out" (she cried 5-20 minutes three different times) she started sleeping through the night again. So I don't think it was pain or discomfort of any kind and just habit...? Either way, she's sleeping through the night again (!!!) maybe waking up once but can be soothed back to sleep with a binki, her blanket and a little rocking. Her naps have also been in a bit of a transition phase, going from 3 naps to 2. She wakes for the day around 6, goes down for her first nap about an hour later and naps for 1-2 hours. She will occasionally sneak in a little cat nap sometime between 10:30-12, usually in her carseat, but goes down for her afternoon nap sometime between 11:30 and 1, depending on our schedule and that on the go snooze. She'll sleep for another 1-2 hours and we'll get some good one on one time when she's up before her brother wakes up from his afternoon nap - some of my favorite moments of my day! She gets tired again around 4:30 but usually refuses that third nap, so food and a bath keep her fuss free until she goes down for bed around 6:30-7.

Milestones: Ezra is getting faster and faster at her crawling! She'll stand up on anything she can reach and walk along the couch or from chair to chair. She's starting to show more interest in walking while holding our hands and is getting much better at it. She's also mastered the squat (while holding on to her support) and can get herself up and down pretty gracefully. A couple times, now, she has balanced standing on her own, but only for a few seconds at a time. She waves when you say "hi!", raises her arms in the air when you ask "how big is Ezra?!" and throw her blanket over her face when you tell her to "hide!" (and then continues to play peek-a-boo! It's the cutest thing!) She can say "dada" and knows right where "momma" and "yi-ah" are, but doesn't consistently say those, yet.

Likes: Ezra loves her brother! She loves getting to play with his toys, watching him jump on the bed, playing chase with him... She thinks he hung the moon! She loves attention just as much as always - her open mouthed, eyes disappearing smile is more contagious than ever! She loves to sit in her high chair, whether she's eating or not. She loves bath time and the two of them almost always take one together now. She loves tickle time and starts laughing even before you get to her out of the anticipation! She is her daddy's biggest fan and immediately follows the sound of his voice. She loves nursing, her blankey and a good snuggle in the rocking chair. Ezra still loves being outside - worn and strolled. She loves to slap things, surfaces, which I know is typical for this age and maybe not even really a "thing", but she lights up at the sounds she makes and it makes me just as happy in return! She is getting more and more interested in books and will flip through the pages herself and sit happily in our lap as we read to her. She is such a happy and content baby - fed and changed, she will crawl around the living room playing with toys for a solid hour just happily entertaining herself (her favorite toys, of course, are not toys at all! Cords, outlets, her carseat...)

Dislikes: Girl hates being laid down in the bathtub! I was surprised by this one because she loves the bath and she has never minded laying down to get dressed or get her diaper changed, but man does she have an opinion about laying down in the tub...! She hasn't been a big fan of the Christmas tree - she doesn't mind it until she ends up underneath it and then is just too confused by it, I think. She doesn't like waiting for her food or "no no"s getting taken away from her. And I recently discovered that she doesn't like watching mom in the shower...!

Things I want to remember: The way she crawls over to me and lays her head in my lap when she's ready for her nap, sometimes dragging her blankey. The way she blows her lips ALL the time and in response to others doing it, like she talking! The way she licks the sliding glass door and the refrigerator. The way she lights up when dad walks through the door - there's nothing sweeter! The way she lays her head on my shoulder when I hand her her blankey. The way she laughs at Uriah's annoying sounds. The way her hair is soft and fuzzy and ever so blonde. The way her skin feels, smooth as silk.

Month 9 was good, but I foresee things just getting better and better with this one. Miss Ezra, your personality is showing through more and more and it is so sweet and joyful. You are such a gift from God and I hope you know that you are truly treasured and loved!

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