Even though this is a two-for-one post, I can sum up the past two months in two simple sentences:
That's it, but since I'd kick myself if that's all I wrote about your 8th and 9th months, I'll go into more detail.
This is the best one out of 4!
Firsts: Mexican rice (you love it, surprise surprise), limas, watermelon, and pancakes; swinging on the swing set in our backyard; Kayla came to visit you all the way from Texas!; snow and more snow all in one week; ear infection; spending the night at grandma's; Winter Olympics; eating snow
News Headlines: The Malaysian plane stuff (ok, that sounds so harsh. It's a big deal and from what I hear the situation is a little sketchy but I have no time to watch TV anymore so please forgive my lack of knowledge on the subject of news headlines). If you really want to know what "news" is going on in our little world I have one word for you...Frozen. That's all I know about right now. Let it go.
Favorite Toy/Activity: dancing...oh my, you are a dancing machine!, chasing balls and cars across the floor, any piece of lent/dirt/tissue/leaves/bug you can find and put in your mouth, books (to chew on), your car, your busy box in your crib, a puzzle that one of Mommy's students gave your sister when she was a baby
Mommy's Favorite: you still squeal and make all kinds of noises, but lately you've started saying "dada" and "gaga" and I love hearing your baby talk! I love that you dance on command :)
Daddy's Favorite: Daddy likes to watch you crawl and get into everything.
Lily's Favorite: She loves that you are crawling now!
Milestones: You are working on perfecting the motorboat spitting technique that you will use for the rest of your childhood; you can play peekaboo, dance, clap, and bonk heads on command; you can say dada and uh-oh (which is really just a squeal) and a random assortment of baby talk-we are working on teaching you who dada is; you can drink from a sippy cup; you are great at picking things up between your thumb and pointer finger (pincer grasp); you can feed yourself your bottle; no teeth yet; crawling; laying down to sitting; sitting to laying down; size 4 diapers; 12 month clothes
Weight/Length: 23 lbs
Like Mommy: You have to be in your bed to get good sleep
Like Daddy: You have a very chill personality. Just whatevs babe.
Like Big Sis: You've started to get into everything, and your specialty is pulling all the DVDs out of the entertainment center. Your sister did this, but we just knew that she didn't start this as early as you. I looked back at her 9 month blog and sure enough...she did start this early. You also like to "read" your books. Reading has always been a favorite activity of Lily's. I have a video of this, but it won't upload :(
Best Memory: Daddy took off the week of Spring Break, so we had fun as a family doing a lot of nothing!
Biggest Challenge: Mornings during the work week
How We Spend the Day: You wake up around 6:30-7 and eat yogurt and 6 oz, nap around 8 or 8:30, wake up and play, eat 6 oz and 1 jar of food around 11, play, nap around 12:30, 6 oz around 3:30 or 4, usually a short late afternoon nap, food while we eat dinner, then 6 oz around 7, bed around 8.
Nicknames: Buddy and Scotty (you know how I feel about this one!)
Funniest Moment: I asked Lily to play with you in her room while I cooked dinner. It was quiet for a while, so I called up the stairs to make sure everything was fine:
"Lily, what's Scott doing?"
"Lily, is he ok? What is he doing?"
"He's just rolling around on the floor?"
"What is he near?"
Lily's lack of description made me curious so I ran up stairs to check on you, which cued Lily to start scrambling about and freaking out. "HE'S EATING A LADYBUG! OH NO MOM! HE'S EATING A LADYBUG? IS THAT OK? IS HE GONNA BE OK?" So, you ate a ladybug. Yum. Protein! Your Uncle Ben did the same thing when he was a little older than you and I was "watching" him just like Lily was watching you...except he ate a dead roach.
Getting your hands on some juicy watermelon goodness!
"Oh, hey mom, just playin' some tunes"
First time to drive a race car!
You and your sister have the best time together!
With Kayla, our favorite Texan! WE MISS YOU!!!
This is what we do every afternoon, assuming the weather is nice. You could swing all day long.
Your first snow! And it was a big one (by Alabama terms). We had 5 inches.
Family pic in the snow...Daddy was at work :(
We had Parker and his parents over for dinner!
You found where I keep the good stuff!
I'll end this with my absolute favorite picture of you EVER!