My Dear Emeline,
I love you.
Oh my goodness, I stinkin' love you, kid. You've been here with us for nine months, now. Nine amazing & crazy wonderful months. Lady, you make your daddy & I melt.
We say this every month, but it really is just so much fun & SUCH a joy to watch you grow and discover new things and new capabilities.
You're a sweet, petite little lady. You weight 18lbs 6oz and are 27" long. You're wearing size 3 diapers still, and fit pretty nicely now in 6-9 month clothing. Shoes? They are another story. Girlfriend, you have some tiny little feet. You wear a size 0-3 month shoe, some 1's and a few size 2's that are a bit too big. You're just a little girl, it seems.
Despite being a little lady, you're still on the go. This month you have perfected your crawling. In fact, you're a speed crawler. You pull yourself up on everything, stand like a champ, and will even let go for a few seconds. You even do a little walking with the walk-behind, and you look like such a big girl when you do it. Your confidence grows daily.
You are a goof. You make this scary, squishy face every time I tell you to smile or say "cheese'. You make this face when you flirt with people, or want to get their attention. You adore your puppy, Mac and often make this face while you two play.
Despite being really sick this month, you're finally better. You had an ear infection and needed some breathing treatments due to wheezing & coughing. This definitely threw off your sleep schedule, because you were doing so very good a few weeks before getting sick. We're gonna get back on your sleeping-A-game soon hopefully.
You're still toothless. I cannot believe the pediatrician tried to tell me at your 4 month appointment that you were teething, and here we are, at nine months with still nothing but a gummy smile. It's fine by me, since you're still nursing. But, I do have to say that I have my suspicions about them being here soon. But, we'll see.
That doesn't stop you from eating, though. You eat three 'meals' a day, and you don't (or won't) eat puree'd foods anymore. You prefer to eat anything you can pick up on your own and feed yourself. You do great with this. You eat pretty much everything and anything including: noodles, rice, green beans, corn, cheese, turkey, chicken, fruit, puffs, cheerios & yogurt. I've yet to find anything you really don't like as far as table foods go. You still nurse multiple times throughout the day (and night while you were sick), and I love that time with you. Since you're such a busy little kid, I appreciate that quiet time holding you in my arms so, so much.
You are such a joyful girl. You can most often be found smiling, giggling, making your squishy face, clapping, waving "hi", or chanting various forms of baby babble. People comment often, "is she really this happy?" The answer is yes. You totally are.
Emeline, Eme, baby-girl, boogie, boogs, bugsy....
One thing is true. You're loved, chica.
How you looked this month: