Thursday, April 9, 2015

Caroline Joy {9 Months}

Miss Caroline turned 9 months on April 7, 2015.  I don't want you to turn a year in just a quick three months!!  Oh Liner-bear, you need to slow down a bit. ;)

At NINE MONTHS  you weigh 19 lbs and 8 ounces (77th % tile) are 27.25 inches (34th % tile) and your head circumference is 17.75 inches (82nd % tile).

At NINE MONTHS you are wearing size 6 month, 6-9 month, and 9 month clothing.  You are also wearing size 3 diapers.

At NINE MONTHS you now eating 4 bottles a day.  I worked these past few weeks on cutting out your 5th bottle - the one around supper time.  You have a bottle when you wake up at 7/7:30ish, again around 11/12ish, an afternoon bottle after your nap at 3/4ish, and then your last bottle at bedtime around 7/7:30.  You are taking either 5 or 6 ounces at a time.  

You can see your first bottom left tooth in this picture!
At NINE MONTHS you have been eating all types of table food.  You've become more interested in table food rather than us feeding you baby food.  You see us eating and want to eat too or have a bite or ours.  For breakfast you like jelly toast, pancakes, muffins, yogurt, bagels, or cereal bars.  Some of your favorites at lunch or supper are baked sweet potatoes, bananas, peaches, and mangos.  You aren't as much of a fan of vegetables but you will eat them if nothing else is put in front of you.  You seem to like pieces of vegetables you can pick up rather than vegetable purees.  You seem to eat anything and can't seem to shove all of what's on your tray in fast enough and all at once.
I have been giving you a sippy cup of water at meal times in your highchair and you are doing great with drinking out of it!  I have to make sure the twins' sippy cups aren't left around in your reach because you love to try and drink out of anything you can get your hands on - especially their cups that have juice.

At NINE MONTHS you have been such a great sleeper!!  I can now say you do great at falling asleep on your own in your crib.  I can put you down awake and not have to go back into your room to help soothe you to sleep.  Such a great milestone!!  There were a few weeks last month where you kept waking up crying several times in the night.  I took you to the doctor and found out you had your first ear infection.  Since then you have been doing great.
At NINE MONTHS you have been sleeping through the night most nights.  You go to bed in the 7 o'clock hour and wake up the next morning around 7:00-7:15.
At NINE MONTHS you are now taking 2 naps most days.  A few weeks ago I started having you drop your third nap, the one around 5:00, because you started sleeping longer in the afternoon.  You go down for your morning nap around 9:00 and will sleep for an hour to an hour and a half.  Then you'll take a longer nap in the afternoon around 2:00 for 2 to sometimes 3 hours. still have days here and there where you take very short naps lasting only 20 to 30 minutes long.  Those are days when I will have you take a third nap so you can make it until bedtime around 7:00. 
  The silly faces of Caroline - she loves to stick our her tongue!

At NINE MONTHS you love to sleep and snuggle with your security size muslin blanket.  You still love to rub the satin trim on your fingers and against your face.  When you sleep you have your sound machine and nighttime cd playing.  We don't use a nightlight in your room still because you seem to sleep better in the darker room.  Your favorite sleeping positions are on your tummy or left side.  You have been moving around in the crib a lot more in your sleep.  Many times I see you sleeping tucked in the corner of crib. 

At NINE MONTHS you now have one tooth!  At 8 months your first tooth came in.  It's your bottom left front tooth.  The one right next to it is very close to popping through any day now.  Hence the drool all over your shirt in these pictures.  You are a drooling, teething machine these days!  Which I think might have some to do with the nights you wake up in the night.

Just {love} that smile!!
At NINE MONTHS you have a new skill - pulling yourself up to the standing position!!!  Daddy first learned this after putting you in your crib and when he came back to you and you were crying, standing there, holding onto the railing in your crib.  Daddy quick lowered your crib down a notch before putting you back down for your nap.
You love pulling yourself up on anything you can.  Toys aren't safe now that you can reach on the coffee tables and couches.  Your favorite is to reach for the T.V. remotes or our phones.  The twins really have to make sure they put their smaller toys in a safe place not within 'Caroline reach'.

At NINE MONTHS you are now a quick littler crawler who moves all around the house!  You go to tummy to sitting position like a pro but really love to play laying on your side in the 'side pose' (similar to the one pictured below) :)

Matthew wanted to help take pictures of Caroline, too.  He's been really into taking pictures and videos.  We might have a little photographer on our hands.  Love that he's so interested in it! :)

At NINE MONTHS you babble all of the time!  You are one vocal baby!  You make sounds like sound like "ma-ma" and "da-da".  You also love to growl.  We can be in a different room than you and can hear you coming by your constant growling sounds. 

At NINE MONTHS you definitely have a hard time separating from me when I am in the same room and someone new tries to hold you.  You also love to be held by Mommy or Daddy and will come to our feet and reach up with both arms to let us know you want up.

At NINE MONTHS you have become such a happy baby who rarely cries.  You seem so easy going and enjoys just watching the environment around you.  Your favorite is playing with Katherine and Matthew.  You will follow them to where ever they are playing and join right in - definitely love to be around people.  And you have started really playing with a lot of their toys.  You seem more interested in doing what your big sister and big brother are doing.

Some of your favorites are: being held, bath time, family dance parties, jumping in the Jumper-roo, being tickled, crawling or 'pig piling' on top of us, putting everything in your mouth, play in the pantry with the plastic cups and napkins, car rides, sleeping in the car, crawling after the bottle of carpet cleaner (which we use a lot because you still spit up!!), playing with pieces of paper, stroller rides, and playing peek-a-boo.

Things you don't like are: getting your hands and face wiped off, laying still too long to get your diaper changed or get dressed, and wiping your runny nose.

At NINE MONTHS you nicknames are: Liner, Liney, Liney-bear, Liner-bears, Freight, Freight-liners, Lil' Sissy, Lil' Sis, Sister-bear, Liner-Biner, and Caroliners

I can't believe you have blessed our lives for 9 months already.  Feels just like you just entered the world.  Daddy and I say many times a day how we think you are just the best baby!  You have the biggest smile and a fun personality that is starting to emerge.  Happy Nine Month, Baby Girl!