Every month seems to go by faster with my baby Kate.
This past month seems like a blur and I am not even sure what new things Kate did or learned.
One new thing is for sure, when it comes to eating Kate wants to do it herself. She has become little miss independent. If I try and feed her she usually refuses but if I put the food into her hand she will put it right into her mouth. She is becoming more picky by the day it seems. She is not into the baby food these days and is not to fond of anything besides cheese, yogurt and crackers/bread. She is good at trying new foods but will take a few bites and then brushes the rest off her tray.
Kate is still a speedy crawler. I keep thinking she is going to start walking but with how good she gets around with crawling it might be a couple more weeks. She has no problem with standing up onto things. She even stands on her tiptoes, like a little ballerina, when trying to open cupboards. It is pretty cute. Kate does a little bit of walking around furniture but if she needs to get somewhere fast, she sits down and crawls.
I feel like Kate has the most energy of any little baby. She literally does not sit still. You should see her at church. All the other babies her age or older sit so nice on their parents laps but not Kate. She goes back and forth between Nate, my mom and I every 30 seconds. It is exhausting. If she is on the ground she is getting into everyone's bags to see what fun treasures they have. People even comment on how much energy she has. It is almost like she is on a sugar high 24/7. It is nice living at home so I can get a break every so often. I thought I would get past the "sleeping when baby sleeps" phase by 10 months but I still need a nap when Kate naps.
With all this energy comes a lot of fun, too. Sometimes it is hard see it because I would love some quiet, cuddle time with Kate but I really wouldn't change it for anything. Kate has so much energy and excitement for life. Her joy for life comes through her laughs, smiles, exploring new things and baby talk. When I hear or see those things I cannot help but be happy. The thing that brings her the most joy right now is her family. The life and light that comes to her face when she sees someone she loves is heartwarming. It is one of the best feelings I have felt. Through her face I know she loves me and it melts my heart. Kate is a great example to me of her joy for life and I am trying each day to rub some of her joy onto myself. I hope she always has this joy and excitement for living!
Kate is almost 10 months but I better report on her being 9 months. She went to her 9 month check-up and came away in the 1% for height and weight. She didn't even gain a pound in two months. We blame it on the Cuoio genetics and the fact she doesn't stop moving. Kate doesn't know how to sit still and who knows if she ever will:) She is busy, busy, busy. It is exhausting but it is fun to see her explore and learn new things.
Kate has started to really enjoy some of her toys. She has a small baby that she smothers with hugs and kisses. She lights up when we give it to her. She also has a lamb stuff animal she loves. She pretty much does the same thing to it as she does the baby doll. She often cuddles up to it when she is falling asleep. It is pretty cute to see her love her toys. Now we if could just teach her to do those same things to her parents. Kate doesn't like to be cuddled and it makes me a little sad cause I would love it if we could just sit and cuddle on the couch but just like her dad, her cuddle limit is about 5 seconds and then she is on the move again. I am hoping when is a little older she will learn to relax and cuddle with me. Of course she shows me in a million other ways that she loves and needs me. I am pretty good at making her laugh and when I get home from being away from her, her face lights up with excitement to see me. It is amazing how my baby can make me feel like a million bucks just from her face expressions and the noises she makes.
Kate has a few games she plays to entertain herself. She loves to open and close the door. Of course she cannot open and close the door all the way but she will swing the door back and forth for quite some time. She also loves the door stops on the walls. She flings and flings it none stop. She loves the noise it puts off. Peek-a-boo is another game she loves and she could play it for hours. Hiding behind the couch or around a corner and popping out makes her laugh with excitement. I love hearing her laugh and it always puts me in a good mood.
We are sad the weather is getting cooler. Kate loves to be outdoors and being outside always puts her in a good mood when she is a little grumpy. It is going to get harder and harder to take her out with it being cold and especially when it is windy. She doesn't do well with wind and being cold is never fun. We will for sure be counting down the days to spring and summer.