Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Little Miss {nine months}

This is my old rocking chair, do you think you look like your mama just a little bit?!  Ha
You are now officially as old as the amount of time you spent growing in my tummy.  I know I say this every month, but Kerigan, you are growing way too fast!!  It is amazing for me to watch you hit so many milestones so quickly!  I am not used to having a baby move as fast as you do or be as determined as you are to get what you want, despite the consequences!  Silly girl, you are keeping us on our toes!
Mommy couldn't get you into the doctor for your 9 month appointment until next month, but I had to take you to the doctor today for a little cold, and you weighed 21 lbs!  You wear mostly 12-18 month clothes and size 3 shoe.  You also wear size 3 diaper.  You are eating four 8oz bottles a day and you pretty much consume every single item of food we put in front of you!  You haven't turned down anything yet!  You love your food.  You still love your baby food, and we have been introducing you to some table foods.  You have eaten mandarin oranges, mashed potatoes, cooked carrots, noodles, cheese slices, crackers and ice cream!  And you loved it all!  Ha!
Your sleeping... let's just say, you are making mommy and daddy tired!  You take a short morning nap (about an hour) and a longer afternoon nap (2- 2 1/2 hours).  But you definitely slept better at night a few months ago than you do now.  You are inconsistent.  Let's hope this isn't a trend for other things in the future!  Ha!  You are always ready for a bottle and bed by 7:00 or 7:30 every night.  You are usually asleep and in bed by 8:00.  Sometimes you sleep the whole night until 6am.  Sometimes you wake up around 11pm, other times it's 3am.  It is all over the place!  And sometimes when you wake up you want to play!  Other times you want to be rocked, or held in our bed (I know, I know!) and sometimes you give mommy a break and let me just give you your paci and pat your back for a few minutes.  I basically never know what I'm going to get!  Nighttime is always an adventure!  I am ready for your sleeping habits to improve, little girl!
You are doing so many new things this month.  You are just turning into this adorable little person who can interact with us and we just love it!  Especially your brother.  You call him Bubba (that has been mommy and daddy's nickname for him all along), and he absolutely loves it when you say it.  You two love to "wrestle."  He'll lay down on the floor and you will crawl over to him and just bang on him!  It is so darn funny!  He just laughs and covers his head as you swat at him!  He tickles you and you just squeal and giggle.  When we get you up in the morning the first thing you say is "Bubba."  You grin so big when you see pictures of him, too.
Yeah, the other night I attempted bath time together since daddy was gone and you both needed one.  It wasn't easy, but you both enjoyed it.  Now Andrew wants you in there every time he takes a bath!  Ha!
Your other new word this month is "Hi."  You are so funny.  I will go get you from your crib and you'll look up at me with this little squinty smile and say "hiiiiiii!"  You say "hi" to daddy when he gets home from work.  I also taught you how to sign "more" and you will do it when you are eating puffs.  They will be all gone and you'll sign for more.  I always make a big deal out of it and you think it's funny so you keep doing it.
You still just have two teeth, but the doctor said today that your upper gums are very swollen so she thinks more will be coming in soon!  I can't wait to see you with two little front teeth!
You put your hands up in the air when we say "Big girl!"  You always get the biggest smile on your face.
I can't believe it, but I think you have mastered blowing your nose!  You have a little cold this week and when I put the kleenex to your face, you blow!  It is so funny!  You also scrunch up your nose and blow in and out sometimes, which you think is funny.
You wave bye bye, mostly to me in the mornings when I leave you at day care.  You went through a short phase where you cried when I dropped you off, but now you will reach out to the girls and give them cuddles, which makes me a little jealous!  Ha!  But I'm happy you love them, too.  Since you have to spend nine hours a day there.
Waving at Ga Ga when she pulled up

You have started pulling up onto things.  You don't really "cruise" yet, but you pull up and sometimes get "stuck" and you'll fuss because you can't get back down!  Ha!  We got out your little learning table and you love to stand up by it and play.
You just got so excited when I pulled this out and just started banging on it everywhere!  Ha!

Bubba had to play, too!  This picture certainly shows how thrilled you were with your new toy!
Little Miss Curious.  This is your new nickname!  Every time I turn around you are into something!  I move one thing out of your grasp, and I turn around and you're into something else I need to move away!  Ha!  You are definitely more curious about the world around you now.  You love to watch us and everything we are doing, and you want to join in!  You especially love it when I am loading the dishwasher, vacuuming, etc.  You are right there at my heels every single time!  Ha!
You love to crawl over and pull up wherever Bubba is and just watch him.  I caught the two of you playing superheroes together the other day.  Girl, I am trying so hard to make you into a girly girl, but I'm not sure I have a chance!  Ha!
You also love to play "peek-a-boo."  You will lean your head around and grin to find me and laugh so hard!  You like to play this game with Bubba too.  It could entertain you for hours!
You both love each other so much!  It is so sweet.  There is never a time that you don't smile at your Bubba (all of these nine month pictures were taken with him making you smile behind the camera!)
I am starting to realize that apparently I don't keep my floor clean enough (and for those people out there who know your mommy and what a neat freak she is, this will surprise you!)  I can't vaccum, or swiffer the floors enough...you always seem to find every little speck and it ends up in your mouth faster than I can run.  Every time I look at you you are chewing on something.  Pieces of fuzz, a crumb (left by daddy or Bubba!  Ha!), you name it.  You get very mad when I do the sweep to get it out of your mouth, but girl, vacuuming every day doesn't exactly make me happy either!  Ha!
I just think you look like such a big girl here!

Last week I caught you crawling up the stairs for the first time.  You had been exploring them for a while, and sort of hanging out at the bottom, but the other day you saw something you wanted on a step and you just went for it (we won't tell Bubba it was his Raffi that you went for!)
You got kind of mad once you got there, because you realized you were stuck!  Ha!  Silly girl.  So now we pretty much have to watch you every single second, since you are everywhere and constantly on the move!
Kerigan, you are just growing up right before our eyes.  You have such a fun, adorable, bubbly little personality (Ga Ga says you get that from me, but I think it's just the way you are!)  You are always happy and have smiles for everyone around you.  You love to giggle and play and I love how inquisitive you are (even though it makes me tired!)  Every day I still just look at you and sometimes have to pinch myself to make sure this isn't a dream.  You are real, baby girl!  My real live little dolly.  The baby girl I've dreamed of my whole life.  You are here, and you are ours.  Only one word comes to mind...
We love you to the moon and back!

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