My dear amazing Lucy,
You're NINE months old. 3/4 of the way to ONE. I know I say this every month, but HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? You've had a busy busy month. Lots of growing, new teeth and you're starting to army crawl!
You had coffee with a new friend, Jasper. Well I had coffee, you had a new friend. He wanted to hug you. You just wanted to smile at him.
You're working on getting around the room. You're still relatively slow at it, and prefer to roll places, or even better, shout at me until I pick you up and move you to where you want to be. I know, but you're so cute, it's hard to let you suffer.
We had a stretch of lovely weather (oh Portland and your false warm spring!) and you spent some time out in the yard playing. This is a rattle made with love by your Grandpa. You'll soon realize you come from crafty people.
We spent some time in the sand at one of our lovely river beaches.
Unlike your sister, you aren't a fan of sand. Or water. This will make our summer festivities very interesting... or you'll spend a lot of time on my back.
You do love spending time on my back (or daddy's back). Some mornings you hang out there while Daddy is getting Ruby ready for school, and most afternoons you spend some time there while I'm playing with sister, or while I'm cooking dinner.
Believe it or not, you do love the swing, you just can't tell from this picture.
But you sure can from this one. You can also tell how much you LOVE that big sister of yours!
You're fitting in to some of her old things. It warms my heart to no end to put you in her hand me downs. Especially ones made with love by your Nana.
You love your sister so much you try to rip her hair out at any opportunity. She doesn't seem to mind.
Speaking of hair, you've got quite a bit compared to Ru at this age. I have some fun when you're not paying attention.
You and Ruby love hanging out together. She spends time making you laugh or showing off to you, or sometimes you just each do your thing next to each other. Her being near by is quite motivating for you to get mobile. Just this week you started army crawling! You're very motivated by certain toys, and especially by Ruby's ipad. If she's playing with it, you want to participate. She's not much of a fan of sharing it just yet though.
You had your 9 month check in with your doctor Amanda today. You're 18lbs 4oz! You gained 2lbs in 6 weeks, which is great because at 6 months you had plateaued. It's nice to see you chunking up. Your fat little thighs are incredibly delicious and adorable. You are 27.5 inches long! you started off at 21.5 inches so that's a 6 inch height gain in less than a year. I think you're going to be taller than your sister when all is said and done. You are hitting all of your developmental milestones on time and you have *almost* six teeth. You love love love solid food, much more so than your sister did at this age. Today you tried cantaloupe for the first time, and loved it! the only thing you haven't liked so far is pears but we will try again, because pears are awesome. You love chicken and beef and pork, rutabaga, turnips, sweet potato, zucchini, butternut squash, carrots, peas and avocado. You also had lentils this week but they made you gassy and you didn't sleep well so we won't have those again for a while.
My darling sweet Lucy, you are SUCH a delight to live with. Your disposition is so happy and charming. Your smile is delightful and your laugh is edible. Since solving your tummy problems, you went from a baby who was always somewhere between slightly irritated and stiff to screaming inconsolably ... to a baby who is almost always joyful and relaxed, who sleeps well (for a baby) and laughs easily. My heart is SO relieved we found an answer. You've taught me SO much compassion and patience in your 9 months.
We spent so long trying to will you into existence and in the end you are 100x more amazing then I could have ever dreamed up. I couldn't not have imagined you if I tried, nor could I have imagined how much I would fall in love with you, and how much watching you and Ruby fall in love with each other would be such a balm for my soul. Every day you make me smile, every day you fill my heart with joy, every day you make our family even better than it was. I could not love you more.
All of my heart and so much more, Mama.