Every month I say I can't believe this many months have gone by already. Well, I'm saying it again today! Sara Beth is 9 months old now. Really, already? That means she's been out of the womb for the same amount of time that she was inside the womb. She'll be having her first birthday before we know it! I guess I better start planning her party now! Here's what she's been up to in the month of January:
Goodbye, army crawling! Hello, knees! She is crawling as fast as she can these days.
She is pulling up constantly and just started cruising last week. We are realizing how many little things we actually have. No worries! SB will find them and put them in her mouth.
She's a talker (like her mama)! She can say "ball", "book", "bah-wah" (water), Dada, Daddy, Gah, something that has 2 syllables and resembles "Zilla", the /k/ sound for "cat", and lots of "oooo" and "ooohhh".
She likes to drink out of a straw.
She can clap and wave (a lot).
She LOVES books! When we pass her bookshelf, she always says "book". She has even started laughing at some of the pictures. Her favorite book right now is her touch and feel book because she can do it herself. She points at the pictures, rubs the soft parts, and says "ooooo".
Her naps can be short, long , or non-existent. Who knows?
She has been trying lots of new foods too! This month she ate chicken, yogurt, pears, prunes, barley, and papaya, in addition to all the foods she had already tasted. She's still not a big fan of any grain on its own, but she'll gobble it up if you mix it with a vegetable or meat.
She's been battling constipation lately. Poor thing! That's why she has tried prunes, which she loves, by the way. After a week of no poo, we gave her prunes. She loved them so much that we ended up giving her the whole jar. Needless to say, the next day she felt better and had to get 2 baths in one day. Dr. Ritch just put her on daily Benefiber to regulate her digestive system a little better. We'll see how that works.
At her 9 month check up today, she weighed 17 pounds, 11 ounces (25th percentile) and was 28 inches long (75th percentile). Her head is still measuring in the 90th percentile, the "genius range" as Dr. Ritch calls it.
She was sick for the first time ever this month. An upper respiratory infection turned into much more, when she had an allergic reaction to her antibiotics while we were traveling. Poor little thing had huge hives all over her body! She went from no medicine in 8 1/2 months to what seemed to us like a whole pharmacy's worth. There were 2 kinds of antibiotics, Benadryl, Motrin, and ear drops (which we never ended up using). I'm glad she's feeling better and is medicine free for now!
A couple of weeks ago, we traveled to Texas to visit Adam's Grandma and Grandpa. We had bad luck with car trouble on the way there, but some sweet friends helped us out and we were back on track the next day. Adam had an adventure race in Bastrop, TX that weekend, so SB and I stopped by to cheer him on. We couldn't stay the whole time because it started at 8am and his team finished after midnight. We got to spend some quality time with his family and some of them got to meet little SB for the first time.
I successfully managed to cloth diaper SB for the entire time we were gone (5 days in all). It wasn't hard since there was a washing machine available.
Sara Beth experienced her first snow earlier this month. All she could do was stare and say "OOOO". Fun!
She still has only her 2 bottom teeth, although they are really big now.
She's been making some funny faces lately. She likes to blow raspberries in the air and also scrunch her nose up when she smiles. It's pretty hilarious!
My tummy hurts! These prunes will help!
SB taking the wheel on our trip
Enjoying a warm day at the park and sticking everything in her mouth.
We've been married for 14 years and have 2 little blessings, Sara Beth and John David. We strive to be the parents that God wants us to be for them. Before having kids, we traveled the world and had exciting adventures together. Now, in this season of our lives, we are still having adventures. They may look a little different, but these adventures are the ones that really matter.