Hollyhand House

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

9 months old

Ava Kate turned 9 months on Friday.  She is growing and changing so much and I am realizing my little baby is getting closer and closer to being ONE everyday!  Where, oh, where has the time gone?!  It seems like just yesterday we were at the hospital!
-We went to the doctor this morning and Ava Kate weighs 20 lbs and 5 oz. and is 28 3/4 inches long.
-She can wear 9 month and 12 month clothes and some of her 6 month smocked dresses and bubbles because of the way they are made.
-She wears a size 4 diaper.  
-She has a bloct tear duct like Anna Riley did in her left eye.  Dr. Roberts suggested we see the eye doctor.  Hopefully hers will clear up on its on without surgery like AR's did!

-She had been trying to crawl for a little while but she actually started crawling on July 4th!  She is all over the place now.  She is into everything and constantly "exploring" the house.

-She gets into  "football stance" as we like to call it.  She puts her bottom in the air and her hands on the ground like she is about to hike a football. 

-She is trying really hard to pull up but hasn't quite mastered it yet.  I give it a couple of weeks or so.  She will stand holding on to something but she isn't quite sturdy yet.  She stands on her tip toes so hopefully in another week or so she will get the hang of it. 

-Her laugh is contagious!  I could just listen to her giggle all day! 
She is such a happy baby!

-She is really laid back and easy going.  She has Riley's personality so far and I hope it stays that way!  She is so "go with the flow!"  Even when she is just worn out...she is such a trooper!

-She holds her own with Big Sister!  I see lots of fights already!  If Anna Riley tries to take something from her, she holds on so tight and won't let go!  She has learned very quick to stand her ground!! 

-The one thing we have had a hard time with is traveling.  Each time we have went somewhere this summer, it has gotten better so maybe she is getting the hang of it.  She is not good at sleeping on the go...she likes sleeping in a bed so that makes things a little difficult.  I think once we turn her carseat around, it will make a big difference!!

-She sleeps great! (in her bed that is).  She still goes to bed between 7 and 7:30 and wakes up around 7:30 and 8.  If she is not up by 8 or 8:15, I wake her.  She has been known to sleep until after 9 but it throws her whole day off!
-She takes two naps:   one around 9:30 or so (if she misses her morning nap she does ok or if she just gets a cat nap she does great adjusting!)  and the other at 1 and sleeps to around 4.   
-She HATES being rocked!  She is not a cuddler...makes me sad!

-She has 4 bottles a day. 
-She has been eating lots of different foods. 
-I don't puree her food anymore.  I just mash it up or give her small bites. She has enjoyed lots of table food some of her favorites were sweet potato fries,  chicken, french fries, rolls and green beans.  She was not a fan of biscuit gravy and mandarin oranges.
-She also loves the puffs and yogurt melts...when Big Sister isn't stealing them from her!

-She is babbling more and trying to say more words.
-She says "Da-Da" all the time.  She has said "Ma-Ma" but I haven't heard it. 
-She has also found her vocal cords and loves to scream...really loud...especially at Anna Riley!!  It makes AR cry usually and it is so hard not to laugh when she does it!  I think Ava Kate is learning how to stand up for herself at an early age!! :) 
-She waves and sometimes it looks like she is doing the "Miss America" wave! :)
-She will clap but not when you ask her to. 
-She likes to sing songs and will almost stop what she is doing and listen.

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