Happy 9 Months Aubrey Joy!

You’re 9 months old!  Sometimes I look at you and I can’t believe how big you’re getting.  I swear we just brought you home from the hospital a month ago, and now you’re growing and you have this amazing little personality that makes us laugh.

 
LOVES

  • Standing
  • Playing with the dog crate (of all the toys we have, and you like the dog crate)
  • Your elephant toy
  • Oranges

DISLIKES

  • Being restricted (which means you love being in the car)
  • When you can’t see mom or dad

Today at the doctor you were 21.8 lbs (93rd percentile) and 28.25 inches (75th percentile).  You’re clothes are all sorts of sizes now depending on the brand.  You’ve grown out of most of your 9 month clothes. You wearing mainly 12 month clothes.  Old Navy was having a baby sale (Old Navy is basically my favorite place to shop for you) so I bought you clothes in bigger sizes for you to grow into.  One of those sizes being 12 – 18 months… and they already fit you.  So much for growing into them!

You have 6 teeth and they make you look so grown up.  You officially don’t let us brush your teeth, because as soon as we try to brush them you grab the toothbrush and bite down to knaw on it… makes cleaning teeth pretty difficult.

   

You LOVE to eat!  You eat just about anything we put in front of you, but we know when you’re over it because you throw it straight on the floor.  You don’t want it in front of you.  You’re favorites are oranges, bananas and blueberries.  I’m pretty sure you would eat an orange at every meal if we gave them to you.  You’ve moved on from roasted veggies and fruits, to eating pretty much whatever we are eating (as long as it is healthy).  Baby Led Weaning (BLW) for the win!  I did cut dairy out of your diet though to see if it helps with your eczema.  It’s better, but we’re still battling it.

 

You’re throwing us for a loop again at bedtime.  This entire month has been all over the place.  Some nights you go down easy as can be.  There was a two week (or longer) stretch where you would be sound asleep when I laid you down, and you would immediately wake up and cry.  So then Daddy and I would take turns rubbing your back while you laid down, and you would just stare at us or your mobile or look like you were asleep.  The second we took our hands off of your back you lost it.  It was a REALLY long bedtime process.  I think 2.5 hours was the longest… the upside to the really long bedtimes was that you slept through the night like 5 times!! WOOHOO! It’s not consistent, and you haven’t done it in a few days, but they were great when they happened.  Even if they left me waking up in the middle of the night panicking.  I think one night I actually asked Paul if you were alive. This week you’ve now started waking up a lot (especially in the beginning of the night) I’m going to blame it on the 8-10 month sleep regression.. but I can’t be sure. 

 
You do not stop moving.  Grandma says you’re head is on a swivel, because you have to look at everything and you can’t sit still.  You’re crawling everywhere, and all you want to do is stand up.  I’ve barricaded you in the living room a few times this month (I was sick and Dad was out of town), and you figured out an escape each time.  You figured out you can crawl through your exersaucer so that didn’t work.  Then you figured out how to climb over the car seat box I was using to block you in.  So needless to say, to keep you in one area, you go in the pack-n-play… you aren’t a fan.  You started pulling yourself up and letting go to test out your balance.  You actually seem pretty steady, and I honestly don’t think walking is too far off.

  
   

Ignore the mismatched doors and focus on the standing baby! The doors are on the to do list!

You absolutely love the toy elephant your Aunt Jen gave you for Christmas.  You push the button and bounce with excitement.  As soon as it ends, you press it again.  

  
 

You love to play with the dog crate, much to my dismay.  You’ve already figured out how to open it. I thought it was a fluke but you open it everytime I lock it.

    

We upgraded your car seat (at least in Dad’s car… the other one is still in a box in the garage.  We’ll get to it before you hit the weight limit on your infant seat) and it makes you seem so grown up not seeing you in an infant seat.  We really hoped this meant you would like the car, but we were wrong.  Car rides with you depend on how tired you are and how willing you are to just fall asleep in the seat.  Sometimes you are happy as could be an just pass right out, other times you’re exhausted and just scream.   Needless to say, I’m a little anxious/terrified for our trip to Destin this weekend. (Feel free to pray for us!) 

 

You’re laughing SO MUCH MORE!  It makes me so incredibly happy!  You are such a serious baby, but  You give the biggest smiles.  Trying to get you to laugh is so hard!  Lately, you laugh so much more easily and I think there are very few things in life that will ever give me as much joy as hearing that belly laugh.  You learned how to wave and give high fives this month.  Sometimes it takes you a while to decide to do them, but you’ve got them figured out! 

 

You’re babbling up a storm, and you’ve got your dad convinced that “Da-Da” is your first word.  I think first words don’t count until you actually make the connection that he is Dad and you’re not just making consonant noises (Sorry honey!)… I also may just be holding out that you say “Mom” first. 🙂

  
I know you’re only 9 months old today, but soon you’re going to be 1.  I think about it every day, and as excited as I am to see you grow up, I wish I could figure out how to slow down time.  You hear it all the time while you’re pregnant and even now, “Enjoy it – they grow up quick”, but I can’t believe how incredibly true it is.

  
Happy 9 Months Aubrey Joy!  We love you more than you know!

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Happy 8 Months Aubrey Joy!

I started this blog post early (at the same time I did your 7 month post) in attempts to get this one done on time and apparently I’m successful!  Today Aubrey is 8 months old!

 

These pictures were easier to take before you could move around everywhere!
 
You are just the most entertaining little chunk!

  
We brought you to the doctor this month, and you were 27 inches long (70th percentile) and wait for it… 20lbs 8oz! Which puts you in the 95th percentile for weight!

Your top two teeth have cut through, and while I was changing your diaper this morning I discovered another top tooth cut through.. which means you now have 5 teeth and I had no idea.  Teething does not seem to bother you.  You don’t drool (like at all which most people think is really weird), you don’t get super fussy all day, you don’t wake up a ton at night…I’m not complaining.  You started grinding your teeth, which I’m hoping is just because you’re getting used to the new ones that have come in.

  
This month was a developmental whirlwind!  Last month you crawled a little bit before you plopped onto your belly.  Now you’re crawling all over the place!  There is no keeping you in one place.  You pull yourself up to stand like it’s nothing.  Occasionally when you stand you’re already letting go to try and balance. I’m pretty sure you’re going to be an early walker… which is slightly terrifying for me.  Grandma walked at 8.5 months, and your dad walked at 10 months.  Apparently you’re going to take after them, because you’re already trying to walk.  You walk along the couch, your crib and if we hold your hands.

  

  
You figured out how to blow air out, and you are always blowing air.  You LOVE knocking down block towers.  Any time I stack them, I rarely get past 3-4 blocks before you knock them over.

  
You make a bee line for bags/backpacks and shoes.  Zippers and laces are right up your alley, right there with remotes and phones.

  
You crack us up when you see yourself in the mirror.  You always turn your head completely sideways and hang there looking at yourself.

  
Right now you’re a momma’s girl and you love being close to me.  You’ll go to other people for a few seconds (maybe minutes) before you’re reaching for me again.  (I’d be lying if it didn’t give a little bit of joy every time you reach for me… but just so you know I won’t pass you off to anyone who doesn’t love you so it is okay to be with other people).  We are working on getting you adjusted to being away from me for little periods of time.  You successfully made it in the church nursery today without getting kicked out! (we dropped you off after the worship, so that may have helped).

  
You dropped from 3 naps a day to 2 naps a day this week, and it has actually been a very smooth transition.  We had to move your bedtime up to compensate for the lost nap, but you seem to be handling it well.  You go to sleep around 6:45 and wake up around 7.  You wake up 1-2 times a night, but the last few days it has only been 1 time and you slept through the night.

  
You are currently battling eczema, and none of the things we are using seem to be helping.  We have you on a prescription from the doctor, but it doesn’t seem to be helping much It’s taking over the back of your legs, and your back.  Hopefully it goes away soon, but fortunately it doesn’t seem to be bothering you.

  
We took you to the park and let you play on the swings, and you LOVED it!  You had such a big smile, and you were bouncing up and down.  It’s your new favorite thing to do.

   
   
You are so serious, but you’re laughing more often.  You laugh at things that I don’t plan on you laughing at.  When we actually try to make you laugh, you stare at us.  Then we do something random (like throwing a block up to catch, and when I miss it bounces off the wall and you die laughing).  I LOVE hearing you laugh, and I love that you’re laughing more often.

  
I love watching you grow up, but it is so bittersweet. Happy 8 Months to my favorite girl!

  

Happy 7 Months Aubrey Joy!

You’re already almost 8 months by the time I post this, and half of this information is different now, but here is what was going on when you turned 7 months! 

  
Another month has passed, and a million more smiles that you’ve put on my face.
LOVES

  • Bathtime
  • Outside
  • Standing up
  • Dogs
  • Food

DISLIKES

  • being in the car longer than 20-30 minutes
  • missing naps or napping in new places
  • letting mom look in her mouth for new teeth

You’re still in 9 months clothes, but at the rate you’re gaining weight it won’t be for long.  The last time we weighed you, you were 20 lbs and 4 oz.

You still have two teeth, but it won’t be long before the top two pop through. 

You are developing so quickly!  Right after you turned 6 months old you mastered sitting up on your own, and within a few days you were pulling yourself into the crawling position and rocking.  A few days after you put yourself into the crawl position, you figured out how to pull yourself up and stand!  I cry every time you do something new for the first time.  I’m not ready for all of this growing up!  You are becoming so mobile!  You pull yourself with your arms, you roll around, and you just figured out the crawl motion.  You plop back to your belly after a couple movements, but I’m sure that within the next week or two you’ll have crawling mastered.

  
Bedtime goes so much more smoothly now, and I am so thankful for that.  I used to put you down, and then you would wake up 2-4 times before you finally fell asleep.  I felt like I was constantly in your room. Then you would wake up 3 times a night.  It was exhausting.  Now after you go to sleep, you stay asleep and I can actually run around and clean the house! You go down around 7 and wake up around 7-7:15.  You wake up 1-2 times a night, and a couple of times you would wake up once before I fell asleep, and then sleep until morning.  That was a glorious night of sleep for me!

 

We celebrated your first Christmas, and it just made me so happy.  I looked around on Christmas morning and just felt so incredibly blessed.

   

  

  

 

You try desperately to pet the dogs anytime they are near, but they are learning quickly that you yank on their ears and tails.  Occasionally sweet Daisy will give in.

 

You got to hang out with our family from Virgina, and you and Jackson just melted my heart.

     

We gave you a sippy cup for the first time, and you aren’t really sure what to do with it.

  

Bathtime is your favorite.  You are splashing all around and we couldn’t keep you still if we tried. (I love your bath tub pictures, but I won’t be posting your adorable little behind on the Internet) 

You’re personality is coming out, and it just cracks us up!  We are so looking forward to every day with you!  We love you sweet girl!

Happy 7 months Aubrey Joy!