Allison is 9 months old today!!! Wow! There have been a lot of new things happening with Little Miss this past month. Here are some of the new things she has accomplished:
Her biggest development of course is the arrival of her first teeth! She cut the first tooth on Sept 14th (bottom right), and then the second one broke through the very next day, on the 15th (bottom left).
She can now bottle-feed herself completely 100%. She would hold her bottle by herself for small periods of time before, but she can now feed herself the entire bottle without assistance. This comes in handy when mommy is trying to cook dinner, or get ready in the morning! But I do need to really watch her when she is done. If there is anything left in the bottle, which there usually is, she will manage to drench herself with it!
Crawling progress: she is tolerating the time on her tummy more and more, and she can scoot herself straight backwards. But so far no forward movement. She is not really pulling her knees up much, so I think it will be a little longer before she gets this crawling thing down. However, all the extra time on her tummy is equating to her rolling a lot more. She will move herself towards an object she wants by rolling to it! I hope that doesn't mean she will be unmotivated to crawl, if she can roll to get to her destination!
I still think she is going to skip crawling and go straight to walking. She will grab your fingers, and walk all the way across the room. She loves to do this! But she is not strong enough, and doesn't have the balance yet, to cruise the furniture.
She is eating a bigger variety of foods now. She has added stage 1 meats, as well as more veggies and fruit combinations, and macaroni and cheese. Out of the meats, she has had chicken, beef, turkey, and ham. So far, the ham and chicken are her favorites. Go figure. Those are her brother's favorite too. Of the fruits, she loves the strawberry/blueberry mix. But I would say her all time favorite food right now is strawberry yogurt!
She had her first french fry on Sept 11th. Of course it was a McDonald's french fry! Her brother was nice enough to give her one of his from his Happy Meal, since mommy has been getting salads when we go there. Even though I did have to fish one piece out of her mouth because she gnawed off a little too much, she loved it! She has had several since then.
She was introduced to the Gerber wagon wheels at daycare. Boy does she love those! I bought some at the store recently, and I am hooked! It takes her a little while longer to mash through one, so it keeps her occupied so mommy can get a couple of chores done. She still loves her puffs, but she blows through those too fast! Haha!
She has learned to clap her hands together on cue. It is soooooo cute. If you clap your hands, she will get this big smile on her face and start clapping her hands too. I love it! Some people say she will also wave "bye-bye" to you on cue, but I am not sold on that yet. She is constantly flapping her hands around, so I can't tell if she is just doing that, or actually responding to someone waving at her.
The first colds of the season ran through our house, and Allison was not spared. So she had her first official cold this month. Poor thing. Thankfully she never had a fever, but her poor nose ran like a faucet, and she had a cough. The cough is pretty much gone now, but her nose is still runny. But that could be related to her teeth.
She doesn't really want to snuggle at bedtime anymore, which makes me very sad. I used to be able to cradle her in my arms, listen to lullabies, and rock her until she was almost asleep. Then I would put her in her crib, and she would roll on her side and fall asleep. No more. Now when I try to cradle her and rock her, she just squirms and arches her back. So I give up and just put her to bed, where she continues to squirm around for a while and play with her blankie. But she usually falls asleep on her own within 15 minutes, without fussing. About the only time I hear a peep out of her is if she accidentally rolls herself over on to her tummy. She likes to sleep on her left side, or her back. So once I flip her over she is content again. I always have to check on her before I go to bed, to straighten her from whatever position she had wormed her way into. Sometimes she is all scrunched in a corner, sometimes she has turned herself around 180 degrees.
So that about covers it I think. Can't wait to see what next month brings!