HAPPY 9 MONTHS

hello our love,

you are nine months.  the same amount of time you spent growing in my womb, you have now spent growing outside of it.  it remains unfathomable to me how so much time has passed so quickly.  i know that this a reoccurring theme each month, but i'm pretty sure that this is my favorite age yet.

you are so fun to be around! you are just so happy all of the time.  always smiling, sucking in breath with excitement, and kissing everyone.  people seem to always be commenting on what a happy boy you are and i am thoroughly enjoying every single second that we spend together.  i feel like we are best friends now and you are my little buddy.

you are truly no longer a baby and have become a little boy before my very eyes.  you wave goodbye, you clap (still swishing your hands up and down past one another as if washing them), you do "so big", you crawl, you climb, you stand up, you sit down, you bend over to pick things up, you can even stand for a minute on your own.  when i ask you "where's the baby, the doggie, flowers, tobi, balloon" you will look at the right at the correct object.  it's amazing to discover how much you are comprehending about the world around you and to see how much you have already soaked in.  you definitely are a smart little guy.

you have a fantastic sense of humor already.  you get when things are funny and crack up when daddy and i are acting silly.  you love when daddy and i say "goodbye" and pretend to walk away then suddenly turn around to surprise you and say hello!  you also love when you splash us or hit us with something and we say "oh!" or "ouch!" with a funny expression.

you still love animals and your favorite thing to do is read animal books, listen to songs with animal sounds, go to the petting zoo, and go to the dog park with tobi and watch all of the other dogs run around.  you have started imitating us when we make animal noises, attempting to make the noise yourself.

now that you are exploring everywhere, you have started putting everything you can find in your mouth.  even the tiniest things on the floor are somehow found by you and end up in your mouth.  for a while you were listening when we said "uh, uh, no, not in your mouth."  you would pull your hand away, we would say "good boy!" and then you would smile...and try to put it in your mouth again.  i think it was a game you were playing, but at least you were removing the object from your mouth when we said "uh, uh".  since those two front teeth moved in, that has changed.  you don't care what we say, you are just determined to get whatever is in your hand into your mouth.  we are keeping a close eye on you these days.

you have become very outgoing in the recent weeks, climbing up on other mama's laps in our classes and smiling and waving at strangers.  you are still very shy when you first wake up, not wanting anyone except mama.  you cling to me and won't let anyone pry your arms from around my neck (even your daddy).  i secretly (or not so secretly) love when you do this.

our favorite moments with you are when you are cuddly and kissy.  i love putting you to bed...as we lay nose to nose, you wrap your arms around my neck and twirl my hair in your fingers.  it is such a magical feeling.  you still have yet to let daddy put you to sleep so we are working on that because he longs for some more cuddle time with you.

it is such a pleasure to be your parents and to watch you grow.  we love you more than you'll ever know.

love,

mama + dada

you love:

avacado

couscous

drinking water

giving kisses (big wet ones)

walking (holding our hands)

standing up on everything

reading!  you love, love, love to read

gymboree

pictures of babies

bubbles

playing in water

the swing

doing "soooo big"

dancing

music (especially shakers)

animals and animal noises

doggies

you don't like:

teething

long trips in the car

being strapped down in things (car seat, high chair)

having things taken off of you