Caroline: 9 Months

This is it, I’m done. I refuse to do any more monthday posts for Caroline because I refuse to let her get any older. Nine months is GOOD. She can stay this age FOREVER AND EVER and I will be a happy mama. Because 9 months? It rocks my socks. She can crawl and cruise but not walk or run away, she nurses a lot but not constantly, she’s happy and smiley and social and friendly but she still loves me best. Her clothes are tiny and cute and it’s easy to dress her in anything I want, including dainty lacy vintage jumpers* because she doesn’t immediately throw up on herself of poopsplode immediately! If I let her get any older she’s going to start developing opinions and ideas and then it’s all over.

Tooth count: two middle bottom ones, one top front through and the other top front is about to make an appearance but not before it turns her into the saddest, snottiest, most sleepless baby EVER. I have been beyond exhausted with the not sleeping plus the sad daytime crying but she’s been eating a lot more solids (and by solids I mean eating whatever her brother drops on the floor as he wanders around – yesterday it was a half peeled clementine)(I wish I was joking) and we’re moving her from our room to her nursery this week so I’m hoping to get at least 6 hours every night this week. Whoa! Six whole hours! I’m aiming for the stars here, people!!

Caroline has moved up to 6-12 month clothes from Old Navy, 6-9 month clothes from Gymboree, 9 month clothes from Target and 9 month clothes from Carter’s, unless they are overalls because then they’re just comically long. You know what else is comical? The fact that the math section of my brain is now full of the sizing info for various baby brands instead of algebra. This is what happens when you have kids, kids. Stay in school.

We have a doctor’s appointment….uh…maybe today? Or tomorrow? I should check on that, since when they start asking questions – How often does she eat? Is she vocalizing at all? Do you have any concerns? – and I just stare at them blankly they’re already going to doubt my parenting skills. I don’t want to show up on the wrong day as well. I’m looking forward to seeing how much she’s grown, although she still seems teeny tiny compared to Little Evan. She is going to be my little peanut, my munchkin, my ginger baby doll forever and ever, even if she DOES get older next month.

Caroline’s likes include: cheese, the dog, her brother, blankies, crawling with one leg, smiling, grapes, biting things, boobs, her daddy, standing, apples, yarn, and eating trash. Dislikes are having her nails trimmed, water on her face, loneliness, her crib, and Dino Dan.

Hold on to your ovaries folks, these are the cutest monthday photos yet!

Bebeh model works on her posing


9 Month Milestones (from BabyCenter, as usual)

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
Stands while holding onto something – Yes, especially my pants while I am trying to sit on the toilet for two damn minutes.
Jabbers or combines syllables – She’s a noisy little monster, but so far it’s just blah blah blah blah.
Understands object permanence – Yes. It makes peek-a-boo fun, but it also means she knows if she screams long enough I’ll come back during nap time. A win AND a lose.

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
Cruises while holding onto furniture – Yes, the better to steal my snacks and the remote off the couch
Drinks from a sippy cup – Soooort of. She LOVES her brother’s sippy cup but is unexcited by anything coming out of it. I tried giving her breastmilk and she looked at me like WTF WOMAN THIS IS NOT A BOOB.
Eats with fingers – Well, I think she mostly eats with her mouth, but she certainly gets enough food on her hands.
Bangs objects together – Loudly. She needs more cowbell.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
Plays patty-cake and peek-a-boo – If there was a peek-a-boo championship, she would get the gold medal.
Says “mama” or “dada” to the correct parent – I have heard no mama’s. It took Little Evan more than a year to say mama so we’ll give her a break too.

*Dainty lacy vintage jumper and headband send by Pretty Fancy. Heather is a sweetheart with an adorable bebeh!

Just pretend that's a happy laughing face.

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14 Responses to “Caroline: 9 Months”

  1. Joanna says:

    She seriously is a little doll baby… so beautiful!

  2. molly says:

    Okay, so I’m not a baby stealer, I promise. But I really really want her to be MINE. Or maybe have one that looks just like her. But we have no red hair genes in my family ::sad face::

    She is so so so so so so so so so cute. That was nine so’s by the way.

  3. Brigid Keely says:

    Oh, she is REALLY cute… and looks a LOT like her brother!

  4. Nicole says:

    Adorable! I agree; 9 months is the best!

  5. Audrey says:

    Adorb. I seriously need to get back on the ball with these things. I just realized YESTERDAY that today was Del’s monthday…and dude..she’s 1 next month. ONE. I also need to get to using all that tulle I purchased to make her tutu…because yours is always making my ovaries quiver. ;)

  6. Denae says:

    Dying from cuteness. Great job with the photos skillz too.

  7. I was just talking to my husband yesterday about how the Babby went through this phase where she was just happy about EVERYTHING. We could do no wrong, everything was hilarious. I think it was right about this age, and some days when the tantrums are epic I wish I was back in them.

  8. Sarah-Anne says:

    oh yes, she was wayyy to cute for her own good.

  9. Julie S. says:

    She is SUCH a cutie! :) I love the photos.

  10. Kimberly says:

    Yes, I agree. Freeze her right there! I ovaries are extremely ready for a baby girl. But 10 months is fun, too. O is still happy about everything, and he’s starting to mimic signs-which he thinks is hilarious. Milk! More! Milk! More! More!

  11. Heather B says:

    Holy cuteness! Is is sad that I am jealous of a nine month old’s hair? So so pretty!

  12. Londonmum says:

    jeez she is just gorgeous!!

  13. Katie E. says:

    So cute! Our babies are almost exactly the same age – mine will be 9 months old tomorrow. And I can relate to almost everything you posted, except mine’s a boy. And he does crawl around on the floor with the dogs eating the table scraps – cool, right? He’s had his bottom two teeth for a couple months, but the top two started coming through a couple weeks ago. One popped through with some grumpiness, but wasn’t too bad, the second (also evil for us) tooth has taken forever and caused major grumpiness and very little sleep. But it came through this weekend, and he slept from 7:40 to 5:40 last night for the first time in…well, ever. Hope you get some good sleep when she moves to her room!

  14. Tricia says:

    Caroline *may* be the cutest baby girl that ever lived. Ezra was nine months old on the 20th of September, and I’m really done with this whole growing up thing. I agree, nine months is the perfect age.

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