These nine months - they've gone SO fast. I know it's cliche - everyone tells you - it goes by fast. But much like his pregnancy, these months have gone by so much faster than they did with Lily. There's just no time to sit and stare at him, watching and waiting for the next skill, the next milestone. Instead he's just racing through - figuring out how to do things before I even realize that it's around the right time for him to be doing that. He gets bigger and more capable as we continue just getting by. One day you sit down to write a blog post because another month has passed and you realize just how much he's changed - again.
He's so totally mobile now. He's not really crawling on hands and knees like Lily did. He's doing the army crawl - and he's gotten really good at it. First he was just able to move himself around a little. Go get a toy that was slightly out of reach:
Then he got better at it - learned to get into, around, over - finding ways to explore old objects in new ways:
Now he can move from room to room. If we leave him for a minute to get something or put something away he comes after us - not content to be by himself. He follows Lily. He gets frustrated - I think he KNOWS there's a more efficient way to move, but just hasn't worked it all out yet. But still, he's getting really good at this.
His love affair with food continues - although he's slowed down somewhat. I think that's okay - he seems SO much bigger. When he takes a bath he's got rolls - everywhere. No more skinny little chicken legs. He's officially a chunky little guy with our signature cheeks. He's moved on from pureed food (though he still eats that) to finger food and stuff that's just mashed.
Gordon loves tossing the baby food that seems just a bit out of their league. The thing is that unlike Q, Lily had 2 bottom teeth at this point. It doesn't matter - he can still make amazingly short work of a bagel:
Unfortunately his tastes aren't very discriminating and he eats whatever he can get his hands on and into his mouth. So far I've fished the following out of his mouth:
- crumbled up wikki sticks (twice)
- Lily's hair elastics
- old dried pieces of rice
I've found the following in his diaper, having taken the scenic route to get there:
- a sticker from this mosaic kit
Despite these attempts at getting us back to the emergency room, he's thriving and happy and awesome. His top teeth have broken through. Although they're still not out far enough to see them when he smiles. His bottom ones are looking like they will be along very soon. I hope they hurry - no one in our house is a real fan of this teething thing. He's sleeping mostly through the night. It seems he's trying to give up that early morning feeding. So far that means that he gets up at 5:30 to eat and just stays awake. We are hoping that changes again soon. He's napping a little more. He's done some morning naps that are well over 2 hours. Some days he'll do two naps that are an hour or longer. He's noisy. He babbles - a lot. He seems to have a lot to say (shocking).
He's not as much of a flirt when we're out and about, but he still has a huge smile for Mommy when I come home from work. He gives me adorable open-mouthed kisses and now tries to take a bite out of my cheek with his new teeth. He grabs my hair and my face and gives me these funny google eyes - like he just wants to eat me up. He's discovered how much fun his Dad is. He's still enamored with Lily. We're all pretty captivated by him. (also: still pretty tired)