Emily is 9 months old! She is about 19lbs, wears 9-12 month clothes and wears size 2 shoes. We’re pretty sure she’s working on all 4 top teeth. I’ll miss the two toothed grin!
And look! She sits! Going places is sooo much easier now. Tonight we went to two stores, out to dinner, and for ice cream and she was happy the whole time! That would not have been a good time a month ago. She loves sitting in the big car shopping carts with Kylie.
She is also taking consistent naps. At least 45 minutes in the morning, and at least 1.5 hrs in the afternoon. She’s working on dropping the third nap, but right now with teething she’s been sleeping a lot more. The only good thing about teething is that she’s more cuddly and falls asleep on me more often!
She is a total Daddy’s girl. As soon as he comes home you’ll hear her “slap slap slap” crawling as fast as she can. And if he doesn’t pick her up she’ll cry and pull on his boot laces. Then she’ll cry outside the bedroom door when he’s getting changed. He still gets the best laughs and smiles – even more than Kylie! And she will stand at the window and watch him the entire time he’s mowing the grass.
She gives open mouth kisses (that’s what she’s doing to Josh’s nose) and will consistently mimic “dada” and raspberries. She also says “baba” and “mama”, but not as often. She is very comfortable on her feet, and Josh saw her stand for a few seconds when Kylie pulled away the thing she was holding on to.
She is into everything. When Kylie was this age I thought I would teach her to not open cabinets or play with the toilet paper or mess with Beaker’s bowls. I wasn’t successful with that until she was about 15 months old, so this time my expectations are much lower. ;) Emily has already found things that Kylie has never thought about, like outlets and the fireplace. Kylie is actually incredibly helpful with this. She keeps finding higher surfaces for her library books and cups and always tells me when baby is eating paper (Emily’s favorite mischief). The other day I heard a cardboard box opening while I was in the bathroom and started yelling to Kylie, “Go see! Baby can’t have crackers!” Sure enough, Kylie found Emily gnawing on a sleeve of Ritz crackers that had been in an unopened box.
She is pretty brave (especially compared to Kylie) but not reckless. If she hits her head it’s usually because someone has knocked her over. And she’s not overly friendly, but she will interact with people. We usually have the same grocery bagger and he gets a kick out of the fact that when he’s pushing the cart she will grin, turn her head, then slowly cut her eyes back at him. She absolutely loves the indoor play place we go to and has never been overwhelmed.
She is doing OK with eating. Her favorites are things she can feed herself, particularly peas, corn, and grapes. She eats a little better than Kylie, but just like Kylie she gets mad quickly and I’m always trying to coax her to eat more. She’s not a fan of the spoon. She’s figured out the sippy cup and will take a few sips of water. She hasn’t figured out the straw cup yet.
She is not particularly interested in Beaker, and he is way more comfortable with her than he was with Kylie. She and Kylie are the best of friends, which has been incredible to watch. Kylie doesn’t often say L’s and calls her “Emmy boo”. And I think Emily is going to hold her own and keep up with her big sister just fine.