Mo turned 9 months on the 14th. Nine effing months. It will never stop blowing my mind that time goes by so quickly. Things have been a little crazy lately, so I'm impressed I got this written before she turns 10 months.
Mo is on the move. Big time. She started crawling a few days after her 8 month mark, and daycare caught it on video. She's been improving her form since then, and now she's all over the place. She pulls up on all the furniture, and has started cruising around on it (albeit a little unstably still). We bought her some blocks and she loves them. One of her favorite activities is to knock down the towers we build for her. Today daycare told me that the big kids were putting pieces on a Mr Potato Head, and Mo kept crawling over to knock it over or pull pieces off. She's definitely learning about cause and effect!
She's become a pretty great eater. The whole daycare puree requirement lead to what seems like a big backstep. She used to eat table food, then we were "forced" into purees, and now that's all she likes. She doesn't seem to recognize pieces of food as something she's supposed to eat. But she eats eagerly from a spoon. We've been giving her all kinds of new fruits and vegetables, but her favorite thing in the world is yogurt. So much so that I think we gave her too much and she got a diaper rash from it that we could not get rid of. Finally the doctor prescribed some "magic butt cream" that seems to be working. For real, it's a thing.
She still doesn't "talk" much. That became more apparent when her cousin Will was down. He babbles all the time, all kinds of sounds. Mo is very noisy, but it's more squeals and screeches and giggles. She does say dada, baba, mama and similar things, but I think she likes to express herself more through noises than sounds, if that makes sense. She also smacks her lips and snorts and grunts and does this weird clucking thing with her mouth. I love all her little noises so much.
I think she had a mini sleep regression a few weeks back. She kept waking up around 4am, which didn't work well for me. I'd bring her in bed and nurse her back to sleep, but then I was wide awake until my alarm went off. Thank god that only lasted a handful of nights.
One afternoon after a nap, we found her sitting up in her crib, which was new. Not the sitting, but the figuring out how to sit up from a laying position. At first she couldn't figure out how to get back down, so she would fuss in bed until we went in and laid her down. Now she does it all so naturally and easily, it seems crazy she ever couldn't.
She's got two more teeth - top middles. For a couple days she was just really off, and even needed me to pick her up early from daycare one day because she wouldn't eat or sleep. Sure enough, two little teeth popped through and then she felt great again.
Mo LOVES animals! She's taken a real interest in our cat, who has not returned the sentiment. He's quite petrified of her, in fact. But she loves to get kisses from all the dogs she meets, and squeals with delight when an animal is around.
We got to take her to her first pumpkin patch. I love all these first life experiences that will become traditions.
We also did our first photo session. I was sick of not having any printable photos. We decided we need to start saving for a nice camera, but in the meantime a friend took a few of our family so we can frame some for grandparents and ourselves.
This has definitely been one of my favorite ages. So much learning, so many new skills! She's so much darn fun.
In closing, adorable cuteness with her cousin Will: