Dear Scarlett…at 9 months!

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Scarletto Barbaretto,

You are nine months old. You’ve officially been on this earth for the same amount of time that you were inside of my belly. How the heck did that happen? Time is flying by at the speed of light and it’s breaking my heart a little with each passing day.

While I hate to see my infant disappear before my eyes, this stage – from nine months to 1 year – is actually my favorite. You are so full of life! And you are on the move! Every experience is a new adventure and your desire to “literally” dive right into the unknown has us dazzled. You are a courageous little bird, willing to try new things and open to all sorts of possibilities.

While your sister developed her verbal skills far before her physical ones, you are very mobile. You were crawling by eight months and now you’re standing steadily and starting to think about cruising. You have lovely form and can literally cross a room in less than 5 seconds. I think you spend so much time trying to keep up with your big sis and the older babies at school that you’ve become quite a speed demon.

You stood for the first time last week unassisted and we were both so excited and a little startled. As soon as you realized I let go, you dropped to your butt but then laughed hysterically as if you were saying, “Whoa…what the hell just happened there?”

Speaking of laughing, you do it all the time and it is like music to my ears. Just the sight of your sister sends you into hysterics. One of your favorite pastimes is taking a bath together. She helps wash you but mostly screams in your face and splashes water on you while you just crack up. The harder you laugh, the louder she gets. It’s pretty adorable to watch but also sends mommy running for a glass of wine and a bottle of Advil after a long day.

You babble a fair amount and have been doing a good job pairing your consonants and vowels. Still no identifiable words yet and I’m beginning to wonder what your first word is going to be. My money is on “Nana” after your sis but you may still pull out an old classic like Mama or Dada. You rarely cry but when you do, it’s because you are pissed. You get especially upset if we get distracted during meal time and there’s any delay in getting your food from the table to your mouth.

Food may be your favorite pastime right now. You absolutely love to eat and lately you seem to eat more per sitting than Savs. You dive right into all finger foods and are beginning to reject your bottles at school. I worried that you were starting to wean early but you’re more than content to nurse directly from the source. You just have no patience for the bottle. I’d say your favorite foods so far seem to be watermelon, chicken, beets and crackers.

You love to play with all toys but balls have to be your favorite. You enjoy hide and seek and have become quite a master at uncovering the hidden toy. You also do a great job passing toys back and forth with us and your friends at school. The ball pit remains your favorite spot in the classroom although I learned that you’re spending more time on the play structure lately. You love to climb up the stairs and crawl down the ramp.

All things considered, your sleep is pretty good. In fact, you go down like a dream. I nurse and rock you and then put you into your crib awake. Lately, you don’t even cry but just lay right down and pass out. You still wake up around midnight and we bring you into bed with us where you sleep and nurse on and off all night long. Lately though, you’ve been really restless in our bed and I’ve found myself putting you back into your crib after a few hours where you sleep peacefully for the rest of the night. This whole crib action is totally new to us since Savs never slept an hour in her room alone let alone most of the night. It’s a nice compromise though and I definitely find that we’re both getting a fair amount of sleep on most nights.

You’re cutting your upper teeth and you’ve also been battling a nasty double ear infection so your mood has been a little off this month. We’re actually consulting with an ENT in a couple of weeks to see about putting tubes in your ears since this is your third ear infection since January. No fun. Despite being in a ton of pain, you’ve been a trooper and spared us too many sleepless nights along the way.

All in all, you are as awesome as can be, Miss Scarlett. You love your little family and light up when you see us. Your brain is exploding with new knowledge and your personality is starting to shine through. I love seeing the ways that you are different from your sister and look forward to this opportunity that you’re giving us to grow as parents.

9 Months at a Glance

Weight: 19 lbs 6 ozs – 72nd percentile

Length: 27.5 inches – 45th percentile

Cool things You’re Doing: You crawl, stand, dance, and you are going to start scooting any day now. You fall asleep unassisted which is pretty cool as far as I’m concerned! You eat everything and love finger foods. You play hide and seek, and are an excellent problem solver.

Likes: You love your family, especially your big sister. You love to eat everything and would probably devour an entire steak if we let you. You like taking baths with Savs, snuggling with us, playing peek a boo, and playing with toys – especially balls!

Dislikes: You don’t like seeing us leave the room and you don’t like waking up and discovering you’re alone in your crib. You’re a wiggle worm and hate sitting still long enough for a diaper change and forget about having to wait at mealtime.

Nicknames: Scarletto Barbaretto, Letti, Letti Spaghetti, Happy, Monkey, Monk, Monkey Brains, Sissy, and of course, Belly Baby

Keep on trying new things. Soaring to high heights. And starting each day with a smile, baby girl. You are the best!

Love,

Your mama

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