Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy 9 Months (and Two Days) Gemma!

Happy 9 Months my Beautiful Bundle!

This month has been an exciting one. You took your very first Waterbabies class.

Finally got a big girl carseat (still rearfacing of course!)

And you have started to eat lots of real food.

You are growing, growing, growing, but as much as Mama likes to (publicly) whine about the passing of time, the older you get the more fun we seem to have. Waterbabies was so much fun for us both. You never cried, at all. You seemed to have a lot of fun with it. Every so often you would pause from your smiles to take it all in. That is very "you" though, observing and taking it all in. This trait is one I admire and hope to learn from, as it is so different from how I am.

The car seat stuff was not so exciting for you maybe (besides the fact that your new seat is super cushy,) but for me, it was definitely an, "I'm a mama," ordeal. I don't know when the last time was that I spent sooo much time agonizing over a purchase. I mean, I agonize a LOT but're life literally depended on it (shoot, I am being overly dramatic again,) so I had to find the perfect seat for us. I mean you.

While car seat business wasn't so exciting for you, trying new foods has been. I have finally started to introduce you to lots of different finger foods and you love, love, LOVE it. Well, you love it when I cut the pieces to a size that is actually big enough for you to pick up ;) We celebrated your 9 month birthday with bits of lasagna for lunch. Pretty sweet, right?

As far as the usual stuff, that I like to take note of monthly:

I have just started getting you to take naps in your CRIB. Of all places. It is going pretty well, but I am not going to say much else in fear that I will jinx myself.

We still co-sleep at night, and you are generally down from about 10-7, when you will eat a bit and then wake again anywhere from 8-10. Not bad at all, right?

You still aren't crawling, but you are finally making motions like you are trying to figure it out. I worry a little, but I don't think there is anything "wrong"...I am just impatient.

You babble constantly and have learned the words bye bye, and dog (with a silent g). Those are the only words that I am certain that you understand the meaning of.

We have had a bit of a weight setback this month, at one point, you were down to 16 pounds and 1 ounce. You have been eating much better though, so I would imagine that will go up quite a bit by your appointment on the 9th of June.

You wear size 3 diapers still. Your clothes are a mixture of 6-12 months, 9 months, and 12 months depending. Most of the 12 month stuff is a little big, but I am sure it won't be long.

I hate to admit this but I think your hair is growing in BLONDE not that I have anything against blondes, but I was really hoping you would have dark hair like my own. Maybe one day, right?

Your eyes are still a funky brown, and still, you have only your 2 bottom teeth.

You bring so much love and joy to me and our extended family. You really are the moon and the stars to me, and a lot of people. No matter where life takes us, I want you to know that you are as loved as any little girl possibly could be.

And then some.

Forever and always,


(this picture makes me soooooo happy.)


  1. She is so cute I can't stand it! You are so smart to document all of this like you are and entertaining the rest of us in the process. Little details are so easy to forget but here you will have it all written down. You are a good Mama!!

  2. I love that you do your monthly updates in the style of a letter to her.

  3. Yes, the updates are awesome and original! Also OMG swimming suit, My daughter just used her swimming pool and her new swimsuit today (because it is SO FREAKIN' HOT) and had a blast.

    They have a waterbabies here and I really wanted to go but I am so self conscious that very, very rarely even wear shorts, so me in a swimsuit, not going to happen!!

    Also (again) my daughter has really light hair too and I and her dad both have dark brown hair, oftentimes hair darkens with age.

    In closing I think she is really adorable and looks a lot like you. She has your smile ;)...

    Love your blog and following from Fanged Faerie Princess, feel free to follow back! Or not, that's fine also :p

  4. OMGosh! What a little doll baby! She's just the cutest little thing. Happy (belated) 9 months to Gemma! My youngest just turned 7 months, I say that like it happened yesterday, but it was really on the 23rd. (=

    I love the "baby food stage" and the mid to late part of the first year, it's so much fun and so exciting to watch them grow! Loves it!

    Following you now!

  5. I love those pics! She is precious!

  6. Our babies are only a week apart! Happy 9 months to you!

    Aren't crib naps the best? We started putting Baby J in his crib for naps about a month ago. I think he sleeps better and I'm able to get things done (or just relax!) while he sleeps.