Happy nine months, Reid! We’ve had your precious little spirit in our lives for 3/4 of a year now, and it’s hard to picture life before you were here. Your laughter (and cries for mommy) fill the air all the time now, and it constantly makes us smile.
I wrote last month that we found out about your allergies. We continued to explore that by switching doctors to one that offers oral immunotherapy when you are older (one of only three in the state). We really like him and feel hopeful that one day you may be able to be safely exposed to foods you are currently allergic to. We had a few scares this month (food challenge confirmed you had a peanut allergy and a few mystery reactions), but the doctor has given me some confidence and we are doing our absolute best. Our whole family is praying that you stay safe, too, so we are just trying to trust in God.
A few days after we cut out your allergenic foods from our diets and our house, something exciting happened. Maybe you were feeling better, or maybe God was just showing us that he is still in control, but in one day you started playing peekaboo AND said “mama”! The next day, you said “dadda”! Oh my gosh, that little voice of yours just melted my heart. Since then, you’ve been talking a lot! Mamas and dadas and lalas and awas and babas and more. You’ve also discovered your tongue. You stick your tongue out and curve it up in this weird little way. It’s pretty funny.
Ever since you figured out how to play peekaboo, you play it ALL. THE. TIME. You think you are so clever, too. Anytime we look over at you, you raise your little arms above your head and make this face that looks like you think you are so clever. Oh, and I should mention that you don’t cover your face at all. You just lift your hands over your head, leaving your entire face exposed. Maybe sometimes you cover one eye. But then you proudly lower your hands and we say “peekaboo!” and you smile so big. We probably play that game 100 times a day. We are really proud of you for learning your first little game!
You are having a real mommy moment lately. You’ve always loved me so much and wanted me to hold you, but now you cling onto me and hide your face any time someone else reaches towards you. You also spend a lot of time crawling towards me. If I am busy and can’t interact with you, you’ll often burst into tears and crawl towards me crying. It’s sad and adorable all at once. I try to give you as many cuddles as possible, even if you pull my hair almost the entire time.
You still nap in my arms most days, though I am trying to get you to take part of your nap in your crib. You’ve been doing pretty well in your crib at night, sleeping from about 7PM to 5 or 6AM. I would love if you slept a little later, but it does give us some cuddle time before the day gets started. When we try to put you to sleep, you cling onto our hands. You haven’t really attached to any stuffed animal yet, so you use our hands to soothe yourself to sleep. It’s cute, but sometimes it keeps you awake or makes you really angry if we try to move our hands.
Here’s a recap of your milestones this month:
- Supported Sit: Yes
- Unsupported Sit: Yes
- Grabbing at Toys/Food: Yes
- Crawl: Yes (still just an army crawl, but you get up on your knees a lot and rock back and forth)
- Supported Standing: Yes, but you did have a fall this month so you were a little scared to stand for a while
- Unsupported Standing: No
- Walking: No
- # of Teeth: Zero
You’re growing so much and learning so much, but you’re still my sweet little baby. You are mostly still content to just go with the flow, watching Rosemary and playing with the toys she lets you play with (it’s a work in progress, ha). I wish I could put into words how much space you take up in our hearts. Rosemary has declared you her best friend, and I so look forward to seeing your relationship continue to flourish. In just 9 short months, you’ve become such a big part of our family. We love you!