16 lbs 7 oz :: 11th percentile
28 inches :: 56th percentile
I can’t believe I’ve carried my baby in my arms for as long as I carried her in my belly.
I love every stage, but around 9 months has to be the top of my list.
I love how her little personality just shows through more and more everyday.
She is learning new things, new words, new songs all the time.
I just love it!
She FINALLY got her two bottom teefers in.
You can’t see them well enough to get a picture yet, but you can feel them and if she screams just right, you can catch a glimpse :)
She loves pat-a-cake.
Harlo plays it with her all day long.
She FINALLY says ‘Mama’ :)
She says ‘uh-oh!’ when she purposely drops something.
She says ‘Boo!’ when playing peek-a-boo.
She smacks her little lips when she wants kissies, but still opens her mouth to give the kissies.
She is such a little lovey.
She will hug anyone who picks her up.
She pulls up to her knees, and yesterday pulled up to her feet to the toy box!
She’s getting a lot quicker at it and is doing it a lot more the last 2 days.
She has taken a liking to ‘Papa’ lately.
Every time he’s around she just says ‘hi papa’ over and over and tries to give him kisses.
Harlo is usually too busy for papa lovins these days so I think he’s really excited about Stella showin’ the love.
She throws a fit when you take her toy (or rather what she thinks is a toy) away.
She arches her back when she doesn’t want to get into her carseat.
She yells at you when she’s mad.
Needless to say she’s starting to get that little ‘one year old attitude’ as we call it around here.
I love it!
She has figured out how miraculous the dog bowls are.
What is it about those things??
She waves ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ anytime you ask her to.
She is constantly waving to strangers when we go places.
Makes for quite a few stops. :)
She is pretty good about drinking out of a sippy cup, but she likes it a lot more when she gets to drink apple juice from it (only if she’s constipated, really)
I notice she gets a lot more bored with water.
She is still nursing really well most days but I feel like my milk is getting a little unpredictable.
Some days I feel like I have plenty and others not so much, so I’ve been taking fenugreek again which works wonders for me, but I’ve also started supplementing with formula.
Sometimes she’ll take a bottle after eating and sometimes not.
I was pretty worried about it at first, but now I’m feeling a lot more relaxed.
I’ll do both as long as I can, but I’ll be happy whenever she decides to quit nursing.
I am still just over the moon that I’ve been able to nurse for this long!
She LOVES cheese.
For her after nap snack she has grapes and cheese and bread or crackers of some sorts.
She loves that snack the most I think.
If she ever sees me get the cheese out to cook with or anything she’s immediately squawking for some.
My girls and their cheese…
I broke down and bought some organic bottled baby food the other day at the store just for when Brady has them or we’re in a hurry…
I was feeling guilty about it already but lucky enough, she will absolutely not have any of it!
It’s the first and ONLY thing I’ve ever seen her not eat.
If that’s not a reason to make your own baby food, I don’t know what is.
She actually eats ‘big girl food’ more now than she eats baby food but I still give her both.
She loves peas for a snack, too.
She’s into feeding herself and does really well at it.
Black beans are another favorite.
:: Doctor Appointments ::
We had her nine month check up with Dr. Marsden last week and he of course was so impressed with how much she talks and how active she is.
He checked her eye again and said it still is looking quite clogged and that it was time to see the specialist.
He says it’s important to get them seen in time for them to possibly be able to do the ‘probing surgery’ where they take a little wire through the duct to open it up.
Sometimes if you wait too long they have to actually cut the duct open and leave a drain in there for a few weeks/months and it’s a lot more invasive.
I obviously was pretty upset about having either option done but of course I agreed to have it looked at.
On Tuesday we went to see Dr. Hendrix and he agreed she did need to have a procedure to fix it, but was confident that the probing is the best option.
It’s a little bittersweet, I obviously would rather her not have either done but I’m glad the less invasive of the two is an option.
Apparently it’s a really quick procedure with about zero down time afterwards. The main thing is that she will have to be put under with anesthesia which just freaks me out but the entire procedure will be about 15 minutes.
I really liked the doctor and he was happy to hear out all my concerns and we scheduled her surgery.
I think the hardest part will be having her fast from midnight the night before.
I don’t really know what to expect.
This will be a first for me to have one of my girls need any type of surgery.. especially one I can’t be in there with her for.
That’s the main part that makes me sad.
(as you can tell I’ve gone back and forth quite a bit with my feelings about it)
My poor little babe.
Other than that little set back, Stella is a vivacious, sweet little thing.
She is quite petite nowadays as you can see she’s in the 11th percentile.
I have to laugh at how opposite my girls are.
Harlo was so small until about 6 months and then started packing on the chub… she was nearly 19 lbs at 9 months.
Stella was such a little chub until she hit 6 months then started slimming way down.
I’m so interested to see when she’ll start walking, but in absolutely no hurry!
I just bet it’s no where near the same as Harlo did it.
She is still in her infant carseat which Harlo was way out of by now.
She seems to still be quite comfy in there and doesn’t mind it at all.
She’ll still fall asleep in it from time to time and I take it in some places so who knows?
She may be in it a whole year.
It’s so funny how you’re so eager for your first babies to grow up, but your second babies you try to savor.
She has added such an amazing spirit to our family and we’re all so lucky to have her.
I can’t wait to see what her 10th month will bring!
(Can’t believe how close we’re getting to the big B-Day.. party planning is officially in full-swing!)