My Darling Mabel June,
You are NINE months old (7.5 adjusted)! you're only a few months away from being ONE!!! You've had a busy, exciting month.
Your cousins looked like Disney princesses.
Mama was channeling Minnie Mouse
We all looked pretty fabulous. And a good time was had by all.
We went to the zoo with your cousins and Grandma. It was so fun!
And we ate out at many restaurants. Well, you dined at the all night breastaurant, but you're almost ready for solid food!
You've decided that learning to crawl is all the rage.
You've gotten up on all fours and started rocking back and forth.
Unfortunately you like to do it in the middle of the night. It's cute, to wake up to you screeching and rocking back and forth, but it's also exhausting. sleep baby! there is time to learn in the morning! (but let's make that start after 7 am, okay?
You mastered sitting up, and got to sit up in a grocery cart for the first time. YOU WERE SO STOKED. Seeing the world from a whole new angle!
It's hard for me to remember how you and Lu were just these paper crane wishes, but now here you are, and you've both made our family so much more awesome. Your smile livens up every day and your laughter is truly healing.
You are SUCH a beautiful baby.
We had another BBQ with Augie and family.
He really adores you.
And we had a very LONG heat wave, so all the kids spent a LOT of time in the pool or in front of the air conditioner.
After you mastered sitting up, you thought you should try reading. Or eating books, whatevs.
Then you moved on to eating solid food. Lots of interest...
But not so sure about the peas.
You also had your first kitchen sink bath. Lu wanted to get in with you, silly kid.
It's all fun and games till you laugh so hard you fall over.
We went to the neighborhood street fair. it was great! You slept on daddy through most of it.
You love the black swing on the front porch, you also love the blue baby swing, and pretty much any swing, actually. You swing and I sing to you and we all laugh, it's pretty great.
You are super into trying new foods. You like plums
And sweet potatoes, and broccoli and chicken, and fish and carrots, and apples, and bananas.
Swings, it's where it's at for the 9 month crowd.
Seriously, your joy is infectious.
Max and Shoghi turned 7. We all grew mustaches.
Hey baby, how YOU doin?
Your daddy wins the baby wearing award for carrying the most amazing and adorable kids.
You also are sitting up well enough to get in the little bath! You think you are the bees knees when you do this.
So does Lucy!
Even when you splash her face.
Your sisters like to perform for you. You think they are awesome (so do I!)
Lucy thinks you are SO great. She likes to wake you up as soon as she wakes up every morning, and snuggles you as much as possible. Sometimes you are not amused by this, but mostly you love her dearly.
Today you had your 9 month check up. 16.4lb (25th percentile, up from 2nd at your 6 month visit!) and 26.3 inches long (10th percentile). You are meeting EVERY SINGLE ONE of your 9 month milestones. You are absolutely amazing!
Oh Mabel, you are SO SO mighty. I am pleased as punch that you have already caught up to where you should be for your age. Having a preemie can be scary, and knowing you're doing so great is such a load off my mind. You are such a delight, you are sweet and funny and bring joy to everyone who meets you. Your smile is just amazing and the way you squeal when your sisters (or anyone, but mostly them) make you laugh is like lemonade on a hot summer day. Thank you for joining our family. You are the perfect surprise ending to our story of making babies.
All my love, Mama