9 months

This month’s post is a little late due to our Midwest trip (more about that later). But this month has been so busy I hardly remember what happened anyway. I know Harper went through a lot of developmental changes.

At the beginning of the month she was a cheerful, easygoing baby. I had one blissful week where it seemed like I could put her down and she would entertain herself while I got my work done. I had more work than usual, so it came in handy.

But as the month progressed she became more fussy and clingy, always wanting my attention and to be carried around. That is so hard when I’m staring down a huge to-do list! But I think I realized it was important to give her the extra attention while she was having a tough time. Her two top teeth started to show underneath her gums and although they haven’t popped through, I think they have contributed to her moods.


Her hair has thickened and grown into a delightful little swoop.

She’s also made some rapid changes in her mobility and communication. She went from barely being able to pick up her legs while we practiced walking to racing down the hallways while one of us barely supports her. Our poor backs are killing us, but it’s a lot of fun. 

She can also stand up for several minutes while balancing on something, sometimes with just one hand. I don’t think it will be long before she starts trying to stand up all on her own.


Who needs a walker when you have a pouf?

Still no crawling, but maybe it just won’t happen. She’s certainly improved her reach. One time we were at the grocery store and she reached out her arm and knocked a whole bunch of boxes off a shelf. Needless to say we’ve amped up our babyproofing. 

She had started to attempt waving last month, but this month she figured it out. Now all you have to do is say “hi” and she waves. She also figured out clapping (so adorable) and high-fiving. She looooves to bang on things, so anything that makes a clapping sound is fun for her. 

We had a lot of fun dressing her up as Princess Leia for Halloween.

We took her to a moms group gathering where we got to put her together with about 15 other babies. That was total cute overload. 

Speaking of cute overload, her new bathtub is super adorable. How could I resist that?

Oh, I almost forgot another development this month. She has become cuddly again.

Although she is pretty squirmy most of the time, she will cuddle up to you when she’s sleepy. She’s started falling asleep in our arms for naps or before bedtime. 

That could be part of the reason she’s also started protesting her naps like crazy. I think she doesn’t want to be alone in her crib, so she often cries even when I know she’s tired. That has been rough. Do I give comfort or discipline?

I still struggle with that, but this past week has been better. As I now know very well, having a baby is a total roller coaster and sometimes you just don’t know the answers. 

Harper is just as social as ever. She is constantly looking around for people to communicate with. I’m glad she is such a smiley outgoing baby. Though it’s definitely different from my personality, I love to see her developing into her own little self. 

Another change this month: girlfriend is hungry! She not only eats bits of what we eat, she can suck down whole packages of baby food, plus several milk feedings a day. I think she is moving so much that she is constantly burning energy.

And since she shows no signs of slowing down I think she will just eat more and more. I’ve figured out how to make my own baby food, so that’s been fun. Pretty much all of her 9-month outfits are smudged with food stains, but oh well. 

I am also relieved to say that Harper is a really good traveler. We took her on two 3+ hour flights to Kansas, plus two 3.5 hour drives to Iowa and she was a champ through all of it. Plus we added 2 more time changes right after daylight savings. We have another trip coming up in December, so I hope she’s good then too.

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    Margaret says

    When my son was figuring out object permanence, he went through a fussy-clingy-don’t leave phase with napping. Something to consider at Harper’s age! She just might be unsure if you still exist when she can’t see you.