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Friday, March 29, 2013

9 Months

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20 lbs. 12 oz.
30 1/4" long
Wears 12 month clothes

WELL HE DID IT! Not that I was rushing him into it or anything, but it is a very exciting milestone for both him and Mommy and Daddy to experience and so I couldn't help but feel a certain amount of eager anticipation as I watched him getting closer and closer to the big event.

What am I talking about?

Why Reuben crawling of course!!!

I thought I wasn't going to be writing about it this month but at two days shy of turning 9 months old he took the giant leap tiny drag/creep forward and hasn't looked back.

He started out barely getting one knee forward and ended up sort of dragging the other one but less than a week later he's got the kinks worked out and is cruising along nicely. In my observations it seems like he is really digging this whole freedom-to-go-wherever-you-want-to thing but sometimes he forgets that he's capable of such activity now and will sit there and fuss before he remembers and then takes off! So far I've managed to stay one step ahead of him and pick up forbidden objects in his path but it won't be long now before I find him taking off even faster and discover him eating a bug or some other vile and/or disturbing item. He already tries to eat leaves and dirt when we're playing outside and my back is turned. No doubts there...he's all boy.

Its been amazing watching him in his progression towards crawling. Even though he's my second child and I've been through all of this before, I'm still in awe of how babies learn all the things they do in the time-span that they do. Just nine months to go from a helpless, immobile bundle to a crawling, (somewhat) independent infant. Its truly incredible.

Not only has he learned to crawl but he pulled himself to standing for the first time about a week and a half before he started crawling. I was sitting on the couch and he scooted over to me and worked his way up my legs till he was standing there staring at me and grinning. It took me several seconds to notice what he had done! I guess I'm used to kids tugging on my legs all the time...

A few other accomplishments from this past month:

He got his 4th and 5th teeth in. The 4th one was rough enough but then the 5th one decided to come in right after. At first it was just a tiny hole (it looked painful - poor baby) then it was a tooth and good thing too because he was extra clingy and was waking up every hour or less after being put to bed. One or two nights I think I had to go in there 4 or 5 times and help soothe him back to sleep.

Since he was 5 months old I've been teaching him the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for milk which is what we use to refer to "nursies" or nursing/breastfeeding in our house. I was getting him ready for bed one night and I signed and asked him if he wanted nursies before bed. He got all excited and signed it back to me! Of course that just made my day and I hugged and kissed him all over while jumping up and down and yelling to Andrew in the living room "HE DID IT! HE SIGNED NURSIES!!!" I think Andrew was wondering where his normal, sane wife had disappeared to. Oh, and of course Reuben hasn't signed it again since then. Figures.

And while we're on the subject of nursing, at just about 8 months he started doing the 'push and pull' while nursing. You nursing mothers out there must know what I'm talking about. You know that delightful sensation of them pulling out on your nipple while they're sucking and pushing into your shoulder with their hand at the same time? Well for those of you who have never had the joy...let me tell you it is quite painful. Especially when they're pushing and pulling so hard that they completely slide off of the boob. Its right at that moment that certain 4 letter words come to mind. My theory is that they do this because they've figured out that they can affect how fast the milk comes out and they want more...or something like that. Kind of like how a kitten nurses. Ever watched a kitten nurse? They do the same thing. They knead the mama cat with their paws and push and prod while they're nursing away. I'm just glad my little man doesn't have claws...

One Saturday morning at church he was sitting on the floor in the foyer and he heard music coming from the sanctuary and he started clapping away! Now he grins and claps when he hears music or when I say "yayyyyyyyy!!!" even when its not directed at him.

On another Saturday a week later Andrew, Reuben and I were laying bed having just woken from a wonderful 3 hour nap. Reuben was climbing all over me and babbling away having the time of his life. After a few minutes he decided to turn his attention towards Daddy who was laying there trying to hang on to the last remaining seconds of sleep. Reuben was having none of that and started climbing on him and saying "Dada." I wasn't sure if I had heard correctly so I asked him "where's Daddy?" and he looked at Andrew and said "Dadadadadadadadada"! I guess the coaching I've been doing with Reuben trying to get him to say "mama" first didn't work. :/

Tiny boy, I love you so much and I make sure to tell you that every single day. You are such a joy in my life and I love watching you grow and explore your world. Happy 9 months little man!

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