Luna has been living out in the world for 9 months now and I'm just amazed with how much she changes, grows and learns every day. When I look at her, she just looks more like a "kid" sometimes when she does certain things. Nine months is a really fun age and I know it's going to get even better!
She now has two bottom teeth and one top tooth poking through. She clicks them together sometimes which sounds just awful. Haha. The emergence of the teeth has brought with them a strong desire for food! We can no longer eat our own meals as she plays with food on her tray. She will let us know "SHARE with me!".
She started saying MAMA! It was sort of subtle to me so I didn't really notice a "first" time that she directly said mama. But now she does say it in my direction so I do think she has made the connection. I read that didn't happen until later, but books have never been right for this child. I was stringing words together at her age so the books really would have been inaccurate for me!
She isn't standing without holding on to things, but she does try. Sleeping hasn't changed much in terms of length or wake-ups. Still a couple of wake-ups a night and one nap a day.
9 MONTHS POSTPARTUM
You know the old saying "9 months on, 9 months off"? I was so impatient to lose the 'baby weight'. I think by around 3 months postpartum I thought it had been plenty long enough and was so frustrated that I was still at least two sizes beyond my normal size. Then winter happend and exercising is close to impossible unless I want to do living room aerobics (which, who has the time?). So let's be honest. No working out has been happening. Except 9 months straight of breastfeeding. I weighed myself the other day after maybe months of not checking. Guess what? Pre-pregnancy weight! My pants do still fit differently, and I am NOT toned or in shape (yet) but darn it if that saying wasn't right. I was pretty happy that night!
I'm excited for the weather to warm up. Luna just loves going outside so it will be awesome to be able to take daily walks with her, let her play in the yard, take her to the park, the pool. I'm looking forward to her first steps. I know "things get crazy" when they're mobile but she has always been happier with each step toward independence. Walking will do that for her as well!
I'm excited for her to learn words and be able to communicate with me more directly. And for her to stop wanting to eat books so it's easier to read them. Her first birthday is less than three months away (WHAT) so I'm looking forward to celebrating that with the friends and family that are able to make it!
Special thanks to Aunt Janie for the adorable dress!! We thought it was going to be her 1st Birthday dress...but it fits her NOW so we had to make sure to do a special photo shoot in it, in case it is much too small by May!