9 Month Update

Baby

It’s time for another update, aw this girl and been out in the world as long as she was growing in the womb!

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The most exciting thing is that Emerson started crawling just before her 9 month birthday! She’s moving all over the house and putting everything in her mouth. I don’t know how she can spot a small speck of dirt from across the room, but she’s been eating hairs, old crumbs, leaves, and other disgusting things that end up on the floor. We have a couple of mirrors in the house, and I love it when she’ll make a b-line across the room squealing the whole way (and then she laughs and licks the mirrors).

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Communication has gotten easier and Em can now say mo-mo-mor for more food or for milk. She attempts some of the signs I’ve been teaching, but can only really do the milk sign consistently. She’s still biting occasionally, and it is not fun. I already can’t stand disciplining her, but I do think it’s working. This week, she’s un-latching herself and then biting my arm or stomach. The ravenous, vampire behavior probably means more teeth are on the way.

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I’m so excited that she’s moving on to finger foods and I love watching her eat! I gave her a few bites of scrambled eggs last week, and she broke out in hives within 10 minutes:( My doc said she’s just not ready for them, and is hoping it isn’t a true allergy. I need to get more creative with meals, so I stop spending one million dollars on pouches – that’s my goal this coming month.

Sleep is just ok these days. Travel has obviously thrown things off a bit, and she still needs that 5am feeding every day. I keep telling myself I’ll let her cry it out one of these mornings, and then I keep giving in. She’s started to wake up around 12 or 1 a few nights recently, and I’m wondering if she’s had a nightmare or something. She’s been more hysterical than usual when that happens.

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Emerson is in love with the water, and is so happy in the bathtub or at the pool. She also loves taking walks in the Bob, and is guaranteed to fall asleep in it if I walk too long. She thinks it’s funny when I sing, and is excited that she can now follow me from room to room. I know she gets tired of me though, because she is absolutely on cloud nine when Matt gets home. He’s definitely going to be the fun parent.

I’m loving having more time with her this summer, but feel a little trapped with the Texas heat. It’s been so nice to not wake up and go to the work in the morning, but I do miss the break of having her at the nursery 3 days a week. Writing an email or a blog post during the day feels like an impossible task sometimes. On days that I meet up with mom friends, or have a good indoor activity, I’m the happiest. I’ve heard from so many SAHM’s that getting our of the house is key, and I would definitely agree. Overall, eight and nine months have been really fun stages to be at home.

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Things I’m loving right now:

Kyte Sleep Sack

The Good Duck for chewing

iPlay Swim Diaper + Rash-guard for longer days in the water

Lobster high chair for travel (although I’m finding it doesn’t work on a large number of restaurant tables)

Lotus Travel Crib

  • Eliza
    July 26, 2017 at 9:11 am

    How does your doctor know that E is “not ready for eggs?” My son had scrambled eggs between 6-8 months and broke out with hives around 8 months. He had a blood test and a skin test and a confirmed egg allergy. Have you had blood work or a skin test done?

    • Laura
      July 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      She’s not sure, she’s just guessing that we may be able to try again after 12 months and E may be just fine. If she’s not, then we will do allergy testing to confirm.

      • Eliza
        August 2, 2017 at 7:55 am

        Good luck! Egg allergies aren’t terrible, but more of a pain (especially for breakfast!). I’m hopeful my son will grow out of it too. He can tolerate baked eggs (muffins, cakes), but we haven’t moved up to pancakes or eggs yet. He’s 22 months now.

  • Andrea
    July 26, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I always feel trapped when I’m at home with my babe. I’m an introvert as well, so it’s hard to motivate myself to get out. But I feel so much better when I do! My baby is 17 months old and STILL wakes up at 5 am sometimes …. like this morning! *sigh*.

    • Laura
      July 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Arg. 5am never ends!

  • Kim
    July 26, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Hi!

    I am pregnant with my first and have been doing lots of research on baby items and gear. Could you do a post of the gear you got, liked most and thought were helpful/necessary to have? I’m very curious what stroller/car seat combo you are using?

    Thanks,
    Kim

    • Laura
      July 26, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      We have the uppababy Cruz with the coordinating Mesa car seat and absolutely love it! I would highly recommend it to anyone!

  • Sarah
    July 28, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve had a few friends whose kids have an egg allergy as babies, then are able to tolerate eggs bakes into muffins etc around 2-3 and then eventually grow out of it all together. Apparently also can help if you are breastfeeding and continue to eat eggs yourself.

  • Mom
    July 30, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Love the name “The Good Duck.”