Thursday, November 26, 2015

9 months

Charlotte has officially been out longer than she was in, as she is over 40 weeks old and I had her at 37 and one day. 

She has really changed a lot this month. She can crawl lightening fast. You cannot leave her for even a second or she will be gone! She loves to crawl down the hallway and yell--not sure why but it is hilarious. She also likes to crawl to my jewelry wall even though she knows it's a "no". 

She can pull herself up on most anything and can cruise to get what she wants. She also really likes crawling under furniture and thinks it is so funny. 

Forest made her a little obstacle course in the hotel room while we were in Atlanta and she loved it! She still loves dancing and will bob her head or kick her legs if she can't stand up and shake it. 
She still doesn't say any words although recently we have her say "na na" just about daily. That isn't a word we say to her so I'm afraid it means no no, as she does hear that quite often. She recognizes and understands the words no, mama, dada, Sonny, cat, and Momsie. She will look at these things when you say the name and doesn't like it when she can't find whomever it is. I said cat in the doctors office and she looked but couldn't find one and was very upset! 

She had her first real sickness this month--a fever virus that had a lingering rash. She was so pitiful! She also had an allergic reaction one night and swelled up in little red spots but it didn't last long. She also had a major boo boo--she crawled right off the bed! Poor
 little girl! 
She can clap, shake, and wave. She loves to read books and turn the page--she can even do so with her feet! 
We discovered that she needed lots more food since she is so mobile. That actually helped her to start sleeping much better! 

We had a couple of weeks where she only woke up once each night and then...more teeth. She got 2 new ones this past month--the top center ones. They really gave her a lot of trouble and she was in a lot of pain! It was so sad! 

She hasn't gotten back to the good sleeping yet and is back on her every 2 1/2 hour-3 hour waking schedule. She wakes up at 530 am and Forrest usually takes her and feeds her breakfast and they watch her favorite letter video. By the time it's time for him to go to work they wake me up and I start getting ready. She usually takes a nap around 830 or 9 for hopefully and hour or more. Then she takes a nap about 130 until around 3 or 330 and then goes to sleep 3 hours after she woke up. She's on a 3 hour awake schedule and she doesn't like to veer from that. 

As for eating, she has decided she only wants to feed herself. Mealtime has become such an ordeal. She fights and gets very frustrated. We found if we just let her feed herself she is much happier. She also likes pretty much anything but her most favorite thing is cheese! 

At her 9 month check up she weighed 9 lb and 4 ounces, which was actually 10 ounces less than she was 2 weeks ago when we were in the office. They said that was normal since she was so active now. She is still in the 75% for weight so she clearly isn't getting to scrawny. She is also 29 inches long which is the 90% percentile! Hooray for daddy's tall genes! Her head is only in the 10% though--so we have a big girl with a sweet little head.  We are so looking forward to the holidays with this little one--I'm sure it will be our best Christmas yet!


My heart is so full as I write tonight. Holding my sleeping little one, I know I am blessed--blessed beyond what I could even imagine and definitely much more than I deserve. Who knew last thanksgiving that this little one was wiggling around inside of me. We knew she was there and that she was a she, but we didn't know how she would be. We didn't know that she would love sweet potatoes and yogurt. We didn't know she would love the tags on just about anything and turning the pages of books. We didn't know that she would be on the verge of walking before she could talk. We didn't know she would hate riding in the car seat for more than about 15 minutes. We didn't know she would be the most determined, busy, and inquisitive little girl as well as the sweetest and most loving. It doesn't matter that she wakes up every three hours, or wants me to hold her for at least a half hour or more before I can put her in her crib. It doesn't matter that we pay for it if we vary from the schedule she has put herself on. It doesn't matter that we can't travel like we used to or go to as many football games or eat out as many times. None of it matters because we have exactly what we wanted and we are doing exactly what we want to be doing. I know that we are lucky to have this little one as our own, no matter how tiring or difficult it may be at some times. I'm so lucky to have a husband who is totally devoted to his daughter and to me, and who will do just about anything for us. We are beyond blessed to have our parents in town and who love Charlotte and want to see her as much as they can. We have great extended family that we are close to and the best friends anyone could ask for. I know I have said this before, but before I had c we started to pray and the only prayer I could think of was the blessing: bless us, oh Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, amen. Nothing is more fitting today, I believe. Happy thanksgiving! 
Happy thanksgiving!! 

Charlotte loved thanksgiving food!!

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