Sweet, crazy Emma Grace this has been a wild month for the two of us. We are learning more and more about each other every day. Your scooting has turned into crawling which has sprung a new surge of independence. You like to do things on your own and don’t like me to help. When you try to pull up on something and get stuck you cry out in frustration but when I come by to help you just keep trying until you get it yourself. In the mornings you don’t want me to brush your hair you always grab the comb from me and want to do it yourself. Don’t worry I let you. Even though you have almost poked your eye out a couple of times with the little bristles. Your independence reminds me of Jake at times but no matter what at the end of the day he always needed me to help him get to sleep at your age. Again, you not so much. You don’t like to be rocked to sleep or held for too long. After I put you in your crib you start screaming until I leave the room. Sweet pea I love you and you are going to be just as stubborn as me!
Your eating habits have changed so much in the last month. You really aren’t a big fan of puree foods anymore. The only time you are really interested in them is if you are too hungry and impatient to feed yourself. You will eat ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! You always want whatever Daddy and I are eating. So again tonight you ate dinner with us – chicken stuffed with ricotta cheese, spinach and tomatoes and zucchini sautéed in balsamic vinegar. You will eat me out of house and home because you refuse to tell me when you are full. I can feed you all day and you will never stop eating! You have finally mastered your sippy cup by yourself and enjoy having a bit of water with your meals sometimes. Nursing still continues to be a bit of a challenge because now that you know how to crawl you want to be on the move all the time. I still cherish our morning snuggle time when you actually want to nurse. You like to get as close to me as possible as we both lie in my bed and you like to put your hand on my face or play with my necklace. There is no better feeling than those mornings!
This month you have been a little clingy and a little shy at times. When you are around a lot of people you tend to get nervous and hold on to my shirt and cautiously look around but once you get comfortable you become your happy screaming self. There have been a lot of tears this month because with your new independence you have learned the word “no.” The first time I sternly told you “no” you cried uncontrollably because you realized I was upset with you. There was no consoling you. So I’ve learned that redirection is the best for now and I save that nasty word for only really important times. Some tears have come from the fact that I could have sworn you were teething. Three weeks ago you started chewing on everything and your gums are red and you are sad quite often….but still no teeth! I hope they come soon.
Your personality is coming through more and more every day! You now do what we call the “stink face” all the time where you crinkle your nose up and sniff at us as if something smells bad. But no you do it as a way to be funny. I’m glad I could catch it with this week’s photo. My favorite part is if someone makes the face at you…you do it right back! Jake realized this early on and the two of you could make silly faces at each other for hours! You like to make cute faces at boys who for some crazy reason you like more than girls. All of Mommy’s girlfriends you could care less about but when it comes to Daddy’s guys or especially your Uncle Kevin you light up! Even today at the doctor’s office you gave the lady a stink face and flirted with the guy. Oh Emma Grace what am I going to do with you??? I think I’ll just love you forever! 🙂
My sweet baby girl! Its hard to believe that you are already 9 months old. The thought of it brings tears to my eyes. But what brings even more tears to my eyes is this:
Yes, my little girl is crawling. Well I would call it scooting but instead of pushing with your legs you pull yourself forward with your arms. Kind of funny if you ask me. I had been refusing to admit that the time was coming. I swore that if you tried to crawl I would roll you over so you stayed still. I don’t want you to grow up. With your big brother I was so excited at every new milestone he reached. With you I want to keep you little forever. Knowing that you will always be my baby and you made our family complete is hard for you Mommy some days.
You LOVE to eat! Nursing…not so much. If we cuddle in bed in the mornings and no one else is around you love to snuggle with me as close as you can get and will nurse all day if I let you. But if your big brother is around or your daddy…who am I kidding if there is ANYTHING going on you would rather go play than nurse. When it comes to real food, you will eat until you make yourself sick. Despite the fact that you are still wearing mostly 3-6 month clothes you are my little peanut with a killer appetite. You have a crazy obsession with sweet potatoes, chicken and tomatoes are your new fav! This past weekend we were out for dinner and some some bruchetta. I figured I would give you the tomatoes off the top but then you wanted the basil too and the cheese and the bread. You DEVOURED it! You must be an Italian at heart like your Momma.
You have a love hate relationship with sleeping. Every morning at 7 you wake up to eat and then go back to sleep when you are done until 10. Once you are up again you want to play but within two and half hours like clockwork you are ready for your afternoon nap. I get another 2-3 hour nap out of you and then you are up for the rest of the day and go to bed at 8:30. Your perfect! Except…you don’t like to sleep anywhere but your own bed. Carseat naps only last a short while and you refuse to fall asleep in Mommy or Daddy’s arms. You will stay up all day and not go to sleep until bed time if I don’t get you in your crib. Needless to say right now you are catching up on your sleep in bed. You LOVE to sleep just like me!
You are SO vocal! You love to scream and holler and GROWL!! But they are all happy noises. Daddy says when you were little you sounded like an angry bird but now you sound like a Gremlin. It is an affectionate term, I promise! After you learned to say momma last month it was the only thing you would say for days. Except you always like to scream “AHHHH” so when you put that in front of momma it sounds like you are calling for Ahma. Your newest word is dada but I still don’t think you understand what is coming out of your mouth means Daddy, but when I ask you where Daddy is you look right at him and smile! Jake is still pulling for your next word to be “Jakie.”
You are constantly active and refuse to sit still. Even if I’m holding you, you will try to climb up my chest and crawl over my shoulders which is why I call you my little monkey. Your favorite things are still your blankie, Sophie and for some reason your tool bag from Kyson. You love when it sings to you. Your hair is finally long enough that I can put bows in it. This week I even put you in your red one for your weekly pictures, but of course it didn’t stay in very long. Up until last week you would keep your headbands on and never touch them. Now you just want to eat your bows…oh well! Even during nap time you are all over the place. For some reason you think that if you pull down your bumper and try to stick your head between the slats that I will come get you faster. So, I took out your bumper since you were destroying it. But then during nap time you got your arm stuck and the following morning your big chunky thighs were squeezed between the slats. Needless to say your bumper is back in your crib.
I love it on the rare occasions when you want to snuggle. I love it when you try to eat your brother’s nose because it makes him laugh just as much as you do. Those deep belly giggles when I come near you with my fingers in the air are priceless. Your smile lights up a room and those dimples get me every time. Your big blue eyes I think are my favorite. I tell you that those eyes will soon get you whatever you want from your Daddy when you get bigger. Every stranger who meets you on the street falls in love with your big blue eyes. Last week an older gentlemen came up behind me very quietly to tell me that you were the most beautiful baby he had ever seen and made sure that I knew that he has never really liked babies or thought any were really very cute at all. I am so proud of all of your new milestones and I try to cherish every minute with you. Next month is going to be filled with new adventures as I’m sure you are ready to tear up the house. I’m off to baby proof the house now!
Each week I take Emma Grace’s photos after Jake gets home from school in the afternoon because he loves to help me. I usually have him stand beside me since he is great at getting her to laugh! All he has to do is either say her name, make a funny face or a sound and she lights up! After I’m sure that I’ve gotten a couple good shots I hand the camera over to him and let him shoot a couple pictures of his own. It is always interesting to see his perspective when shooting. So here you go. This is Emma Grace through her big brother’s eyes!