You are 9 months old, Nola bear! I can’t believe you’ve almost been out of my belly as long as you were in it!
You were dedicated at church right after you turned 8 months (on Sunday, June 19th). It was extra special since it was also Father’s Day! Both sets of grandparents came to be apart of the special day. You slept through the whole thing and woke up right when we were walking back to our seats. Silly girl.
Your top teeth are finally starting to break through the skin. It’s been a long hard couple of weeks for all of us waiting for this to happen. You have been pretty miserable – especially at night. You have given me a couple of 5 hour stretches but for the most part you are up to nurse every 3 hours and you’ve been staying awake for 2-3 hours at some point during the night. This has been HARD for all of us. You aren’t really sad and crying (unless I try to lay you in your crib awake), you seem to just want to play and giggle at me. I’m hoping it’s just from your teeth and this phase passes soon! I absolutely love our times together at night nursing in the dark, just me and you but I also love it when we can both go to sleep afterward! Most days you take 2 good naps, but sometimes if you wake up later in the morning than usual or if we have a busy morning out, you won’t get a nap until the afternoon when your brother goes down. In that case, it’s usually a long 3 hour nap so we all can catch some sleep then!
You point at everything and everyone. It started with waving and then turned into just your pointer finger. When you are showing us a prized possession in your hand, when someone comes up to you and says hi, when you want us to look at what you’re looking at . . . and then sometimes just randomly. At the bookstore there were two little girls looking over at you saying how cute you were. You happened to notice and started pointing at them. They started pointing back and everyone got a kick out of it. Who knew a baby pointing at things could be so stinkin’ cute?! You my love, are precious. You make me laugh so hard at all the new things you are learning. Your personality is really coming out. You love to laugh and make people laugh! Everyone who is around you just adores you and I don’t blame them.
You are pulling up on the couch, the entertainment center, the bed, pretty much everything! You will sometimes even let go before falling down on your little fluffy diaper butt. I don’t know when you’re planning on walking but I hope you wait a little bit! I’m loving the crawling phase. If we come up behind you while you are crawling somewhere and say “Nola, I’m gonna get you!” you start crawling away as fast as you can while laughing up a storm! It’s the best. You are still babbling like crazy but no actual words yet except what sometimes sounds like “papa”. Your papa was definitely happy when he heard you babble that one!
You are still in your 9 month clothes but growing like crazy. I have a feeling by the next update you will be wearing a 12 month size. Just seeing “12 months” sends me into a panic. Are you really going to turn 1 in just 3 short months? Not sure exactly how much you weigh, but you’ve definitely hit the 20lb mark by now.
You want to do everything your brother does and he wants you to do anything but what he’s doing! I know he will come around eventually. Pretty soon here you’ll be able to fight back a little more and I think that will help. If him and daddy are playing the trains in his room with the door shut to keep you out, you will sit at the door and cry until they let you in. You hate to miss out on anything!
We’re still going strong nursing – well I don’t know that I’d say strong. . . but we are going! I haven’t had mastitis again recently but I am dealing with bad clogged ducts every other week. It feels like a huge painful tumor in my breast that makes me feel yucky all over. During that time I think about how I need to just go ahead and wean you but then things get better and I realize neither of us are ready for that yet!
You met your Great-Grandma Brown this month and she just loved you! We drove over to her apartment in Tampa with your grandma and grandpa to spend some much needed time with her. I love this picture of you with her. She’s so loving on you and you are loving on that puff in your hand!
You have been nothing but pure joy in my life, Nola. Thank you for being my daughter.