Nine months

13 May

Written Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Nine months

(Anna, top, Elise, bottom)

Likes: Chewing on their toys; sitting up; playing with toys; sitting in their walkers; playing with bath toys and splashing in the tub; playing with their reflections in the mirror; riding in the stroller for walks and runs; eating solid food; roughhousing and messing with each other; petting (aka pulling on) Dexter.

walker collage

(Anna, left, Elise, right)

Anna likes throwing things, especially her small balls and her Nuk, and playing catch with her yellow rubber ball. Elise likes stealing things from her sister, usually the toy du jour or her Nuk.

IMG_4199 IMG_4947Favorite toys: The Fisher Price Baby’s First Blocks and Rock-a-Stack and the Bright Starts Drop & Giggle Giraffe.

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(Anna, left, Elise, right)

Dislikes: Being taken away from their play space and being laid down for diaper changes.

IMG_4997Weights: Elise is still 13 lbs, 10 oz, the same as last month, but Anna is 14 lbs, 6 oz, up a half pound from last month.

IMG_3976Lengths: Elise is 26 3/4 inches, while Anna is 25 3/4 inches long.

Milestones: Both girls are babbling. It’s constantly “ba ba ba ba ba!” or “bop!” (with a very pronounced ‘puh’ at the end) around here. At first, it was just a repetition of the syllable, but now, it includes variation in tone.

IMG_4218Both girls have figured out how to roll a ball (and how to throw a ball, and other toys), but Anna loves to play catch. She literally will catch the ball in her lap and then whip it back toward you. It’s adorable.

IMG_4942Both girls also have started to crawl, but Elise has actually traveled a measurable distance with confidence. Technically into Month 10, but today, she crawled halfway across the living room to Christopher – and she’s done that to Dexter, too. Again, it’s so adorable.

crib collage

(Elise, left, Anna, right)

Oh, and both girls have managed to pull themselves up to their feet in their cribs.

With their newfound skills—sitting up without support, playing with hard, plastic toys, scooting, crawling, and pulling up to standing—has come lots of little spills and bumps and red marks.

mirror collage (Elise, left, Anna, right)

mirror collage 2

(Elise, left, Anna, right)

A couple other little milestones: The girls have discovered their reflections in the mirror. They love to lean into the mirror and “kiss” the other baby. It’s hilarious. And our mirrors are covered in baby slobber. Gross.

The girls also have graduated to full-fledged high chairs and eat all of their meals (purees + some finger foods) in their high chairs in the kitchen, most often alongside Mama and Daddy (and Dexter, our canine vacuum, underfoot).

Eating: A combination of breast milk and formula, plus the usual lineup of solid foods. This month (just this past Friday, actually) we added scrambled eggs, and the girls had itty bitty bites potato and cauliflower from our plates at Easter, and a few grains of brown rice off our plates over the weekend.

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(Anna, left, Elise, right)

Wearing: Some 3-6-month, but mostly 6-month clothing; pocket (cloth) diapers during the day and size 2 disposables at night.

Nicknames: Anna Banana, Elisey Bean, Peanut, Munchkin, Monkey.

outside collage

(Anna, left and top right, Elise, bottom right)

Wow, 9 months really is a milestone month. I feel like Anna and Elise are completely different babies from those just a month or two ago.

Early on this month, it was clear the girls were going through some major cognitive and physical development. They were fussy, restless and waking up frequently in the night.

bath collage

(Elise, top left, Anna, top right, and in bottom photo, Elise, left, Anna, right)

Then, all of a sudden in the past week or so, it seemed like were were out of the woods. The girls were suddenly less fussy and more smiley, giggly and playful; and suddenly sleeping much, much better.

It all makes sense, of course. Anna and Elise made great strides in communication, personal-social, gross motor and fine motor skills all in a matter of a few weeks. There’s been a lot going on in those little peanut brains.

It’s really remarkable to watch them grow and change. It’s fascinating. It’s not without its frustrations, of course. Christopher and I have had to keep reminding each other that the difficult diaper changes, the restlessness in the night and the fussiness during the day all are indicative of the changes afoot, and that those changes mean our little girls are growing, getting bigger and smarter.

swing collage

slide collage

(Elise, light pink hat, Anna, dark pink hat)

As a result, it’s been so much fun to try new things with them. We’ve taken them to the park to play on the swings and go down the slide. We’ve taken them to restaurants, where they’ve eaten right alongside us. We’ve played new games. We’ve tested new skills. We’ve modified our routine, our schedule to accommodate these “big girls” of ours.

Oftentimes, we’ve gotten stuck in a rut of doing the same thing, day in, day out, because it’s easy and comfortable—and it works. But every time we’ve tried something new, even with hesitation or fear, it’s been successful.

I guess that’s my big takeaway this month: Our girls are growing up, and we can only help them, so if we approach this parenting thing with patience and confidence, then we cannot fail.

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(Elise, left, Anna, right)

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2 Responses to “Nine months”

  1. Tales of a Twin Mombie May 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    I knooow…the growing up is just too much for me. They are so precious!

    • kaylabee18 July 3, 2014 at 9:16 am #

      It’s sooooo true! OMG I hate to love it, though.

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