Monday, August 15, 2005
Happy 9 Months Little Guy!
Enjoying an evening swing.
Watching little kids.
Watching big kids.
I love this deer binkie.
No! No! No! I'm not ready! Please stop! I can't have you be nine months old already! Please, slow down! As another month goes by and fall, the season you were born in is approaching quickly, I feel a bit of sadness. My little baby is now becoming my little guy and there is nothing I can do. Noah, nine months is symbolic because it's the same amount of time you lived in me. You have now lived in your new apartment as long as your old apartment! It is also special because you are 3/4 of a year old. So when someone asks you how old you are, you can hold up one finger all the way to your last Knuckle. As an added bonus, on our year and a half anniversary yesterday, Daddy pointed out that you are now exactly half as old as our marriage. Wow! Stop everyone! I know you're doing the math in your heard right now. It was legal, it was legal....
I guess I need to suck it up and deal with you getting older. I mean, next month you'll be in double digits, that's the big time! For now though, as long as I can, I will smell what little baby smelling hair you have on your head. I won't forget to squeeze your thighs and nibble your little sausage arms each day. I won't take for granted that you'll still let me sing songs and bounce you on my lap and feed you tiny bits of my dinner. I'm going to try to make a mental note of your tiny giggle and the way you call me in the morning from your crib. I'll be sure to take one last peek at night because someday you'll be in a dorm room instead of across the hall.
While I'm sad you are growing bigger and stronger, I am also more proud of you than you could ever know. Well, someday you'll know, when you have children of your own. This past month has brought so many new things. What strikes me the most is your new found sense of self. Noah, you know you can do things now and you understand what is ok to do and what is not. You test Daddy and I and when we say "No" you turn and flash us the biggest, most devilish grin. It's almost impossible not to laugh. You practice your autonomy in most things you do, but as soon as I leave the room, you need me. That's the other thing this month has brought, clinginess. It's not that I mind so much, but Mommies have to pee too! If I leave the room, only for a second, you usually start to whine at the gate. You now won't let just anyone hold you and you cry once in a while if you think I'm about to pass you off to a new person. It's nice to be needed, but we're working on this stranger anxiety/clingy stuff. I know it's just a phase.
Here are just a few of all the amazing new things you have learned this month. You make us so proud.....
*Just days after your 8 month birthday you started to cruise! Daddy and I found you walking around in your crib. Now any furniture is fair game. You like to cruise along the couch best.
* You can crawl pretty quickly now and on all fours. It's weird though, you would much rather army crawl than crawl on your knees. When there is something to cruise on, you seem to choose that over crawling anyway.
*You crawled down a whole flight of stairs at Nana's and climbed the stair arch at Playaway. You also try to climb your slide and love sliding down too!
*Noah you have developed a great fondness for baby swings, we try to take you as many evenings as we can to our local park. Daddy says I push you too high, but you love it!
*You shocked us this month by picking up your straw cup after not giving it to you for a couple of weeks. You just stuck the thing in your mouth and started drinking! Now you love your Dora cup, it goes all over with us. You have gotten the sippy cup down too. Your favorite drink...yogurt banana smoothie.
*Speaking of eating, one of your favorite things is to eat. You have your Daddy's love of all foods and your Mommy's appetite. Actually, you have her thighs too. This month you have decided that your favorites are yogurt, yogurt, yogurt, broccoli and chicken. You also have eaten your fair share of pureed spinach and a teeny tiny brioche bread that a nice woman gave you at a French bakery. Today I gave you two pieces of Apple Jax cereal, don't tell Daddy.
*Speaking of speaking, you now look at Daddy sometimes and say "Dada". You say "mama", but usually to your hand and "Bu" to me. The cat is just "Aaaaaaaaaaaghhh!"
*Oh! Your new one this month is "Hi". Nana caught you waving and saying "Hi" to a baby on TV. Your wave is very avant guard, I like it.
*One more pretty neat thing that comes to mind is you are great at standing now. You hold on to things not to support you but just out of habit. Daddy and I took pictures of you standing with a toy lawn mower that couldn't support a squirrel. You had no idea how amazed we were.
Well little guy, it is the end of another long day. It's time to take one last peek at you, cover you and say goodnight. We love you. Sleep tight.