Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy 9 Months, Olivia!

That's right, bug-a-boo, go ahead and clap your hands because you are officially 9 months old!
I'm late with your 9-month update because you came down with a nasty cold that gave you the highest fever you have ever had (103.4).  Unfortunately, you had to miss out on the zoo trip with your brother, sister, Grandma, and Aunt Stephanie, but I don't think you minded.  You spent most of your time sleeping...and sleeping...and sleeping.  Apparently, when you get really sick, you need LOTS of cuddling and LOTS of sleep.  Thankfully, you are now back to your happy little self with those bright eyes wide awake and ready for each day at or before 6:00 am.  As a side note, the word 'little' should be taken worth a grain of salt because we discovered at the doctor this week that you weigh 21 pounds, 14 ounces!
You are one busy little gal, Miss Bug.  You love to be right where all the action is and if any of us leaves the room, you definitely notice.  Your favorite toy is anything that Allie and Zach play with or anything that Daddy or I have.  You are obsessed with my computer mouse and do everything you can to get your little hands on it.  You also love the phone and my laptop. 

Although you are not officially mobile via crawling yet, you can pretty much get to anywhere you want by rolling.  You have been known to roll all the way down the hallway from the living room to get to the bedrooms and can roll over to where your toys are in any given room.  You are also not pulling up to anything yet, but just this past month you began to LOVE to practice standing with either Daddy or I nearby to make sure those chubby little legs don't give out on you unexpectedly. 

If at all possible, those two little teeth you have been sportin' have made you cuter than ever before!  You love to practice using them and can just about bite through any cracker or piece of food we give you with those two little teeth.  You still eat mostly baby food, but I've been slowly introducing you to finger foods because you LOVE to feed yourself.  Your favorite finger foods include bananas, avocados, diced peaches, diced apples, shredded cheese, Cheerios, diced sweet potatoes, pinto beans, and basically anything else that I take from our plates and give to you.  I think that you are catching on to the fact that our food tastes good and you almost always want exactly what is on our plates!

You are starting to learn lots of tricks, like "so-big," and almost always clap for yourself after your performance.  We've been working on waving, but you kind of just look at us like we are nuts when we wave at you.  You talk all the time, but we still aren't sure what you are saying.  While I'd like to think that you're saying "mama," I'm still not positive that your "ma-ma-ma-ma-ma's" are quite that intentional yet. 

You definitely don't mind being on-the-go and this month you even took your first trip to the Children's Museum.  You typically enjoy running errands with me and you are definitely the most well behaved at the grocery store and Target.  In fact, you are so well behaved that I hardly even know that you are there.  I think it is because there is so much to see and addition to the fact that EVERYONE always stops us to comment on how adorable you are.   Plus, it doesn't hurt that you got to experience your very first cookie from the grocery store bakery this month! 
When you are not sick, you remain a pretty good sleeper...from about 7:45 pm - 5:30/6:00ish in the morning.  Your morning nap is from about 8:45-10:00 and your afternoon nap is typically from about 1:15 - 3:00.  You love to be rocked before being put down in your crib and you are becoming quite attached to your pink elephant that you sleep with. 

You love to laugh and will always join in with your brother and sister when they are having a giggle fit.  It is all the more fun for you if the giggle fit was induced by something cute that you did.  You bring so much joy into our family and you always bring out the best in all of us.  Whenever you are around, it is almost impossible to be in a bad mood or crabby because your smiles and giggles are contagious!
We love you, Olivia!  Happy 9 months, baby girl!

1 comment:

Laurie J said...

what a cutie pie happy 9 month birthday, Olivia!