Ninth-Month News

It’s nearly month 10, which means it is way past time for an update.  Our little one continues to grow and thrive…though she’s definitely on the dainty side, weighing just under 16 lbs. at her 9-month check-up.

She has been scooting (army crawling) for the last month, and is getting better at being up on her hands and knees.  Her biggest accomplishment has been pulling herself up to standing.  She did it in her crib right around her 9-monh birthday and now does it using anything handy.  She’s so mobile…and it’s only going to get worse!  Between crawling and pulling up, she can get into pretty much anything she wants.  She also “walks” around in her walker and loves to play with the cabinet doors.  She can’t get them open very far before they bump into the bottom of the walker, but that doesn’t stop her from trying…repeatedly.  And those little hands are working very hard to pry into anything…the cabinets, boxes, bags, etc…

Her sleep has been pretty out of whack since we went to a conference in October and left her with Grandma and Grandpa Maxson for 3 day.  On top of that, we’ve since spent a lot of time traveling and haven’t had a very predictable routine.  And just yesterday, I spotted another potential cause.  Lydia’s first tooth is on the way!  It’s the lower front tooth on the left and it’s starting to break the gum.  We’ll see how long it takes to actually come in.  

 She’s eating Stage 3 foods and is starting to explore textures.  We’ve given her those puff things and apple wheels.  She also enjoys bananas and licking crackers/cookies.  And Matt even gave her mashed potatoes, mushed corn, and a little piece of turkey to gnaw on Thanksgiving .  I tried a little piece of hamburger one day, but she wasn’t quite ready for that.  We’ve got some pasta for her to try and I’m working on getting her to drink soy formula part of the time as we look to weaning her in the next couple of months.

Lydia loves to play and investigate everything and continues to be pretty happy and adaptable.  She only wants mommy from time to time, but generally is fine going to the nursery or getting passed around.

 She’s got a little cold she’s getting over at the moment and we’ve had some additional sleepless nights as a result.  I’ve questioned my mothering abilities…and my sanity…a time or three, but we’ve made it through.  Last night was a peaceful night and I’m feeling much better about this “mommy” thing.  It’s amazing how far those 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep will go toward restoring your state of mind.  I’ll be positvely giddy once she’s back to sleeping 8+ hours a night 🙂

 We’re very blessed by our precious girl and God continues to refine us as we face the challenges of each day.  

She’s “talking” to me now, so that’s my cue to close.  We may get new pics up eventally, but I make no promises!  

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