Our little nugget is 9 months old in a couple days! She had her check up this week and she's perfect as usual.
Petite thing that she is, has hardly gained 2 pounds since her last appointment, weighing in at 16 pounds and in the 25th percentile poundage. She grew three inches taller - she's 27" which shot her up to the 30th percentile. Our homework before her 12 month appointment is to get her feeding her self without any assistance from us. It's going to be work because she really doesn't feed herself anything unless it's a sweet potato fry or a leaf. Ha.
She's still consistently sleeping about 11-12 hours straight through at night. Although she has had an occasional bout of waking early (probably due to the 9 month sleep regression stage). Thankfully though, she has been taking consistent naps each day that last about 2-3 hours. I've learned I just have to be diligent about getting her napping at the same time for her to be consistent in how long she naps.
She eats like a champ. She loves her purees but we've been instructed to use up what we have left and switch her to only solids. In other words - it's about to get messy, which neither Barry or I are particularly looking forward to. She likes to squish her food between her fingers and then throw it. Yay. But I guess that's baby life. So now she'll continue nursing and have three meals a day. She was still nursing 5 times a day + a bottle up until a couple weeks ago and I've now gotten her down to nursing 4x a day + a bottle at nap time. That could go back up, if she doesn't eat enough at mealtimes, but hopefully not, because I'm liking the freedom. Haha. Like I already mentioned, she loves sweet potato fries, and although she's had it mostly in puree form - she really likes quinoa and butternut squash.
Her activity level just continues to amaze me. She NEVER - and I mean NEVER stops moving. The rare moments where she'll sit still on our laps or give us a quick snuggle are so precious - because they hardly ever happen. She's got her crawl perfected and can now pull up on EVERYTHING - even on flat walls. She walks along the couch and other longer things she can pull up on walk beside. She loves getting into everything she can and somehow finds the things she's not supposed to be getting into, the most fun - my books, . She's getting awful close to being able to climb stairs and can climb over just about everything else. She loves sitting up on daddy's shoulders as he walks her through the house. She loves bathtime, but is not a fan of splashing or getting her face wet. She likes talking to her other baby friends in squeaks and squawks. She can say dada and nana and is getting closer everyday to saying mama as she finally has the 'ma' sound down. She likes to blow kisses, give hugs and almost has clapping down.
She's still the goofiest, happiest little peanut around. We just love her so much!
Sidenote: I don't actually allow her to eat leaves.