Isabella: 9 Months

You’re nine months! I feel like you’ve grown so fast but this month, especially, you’ve become so grown up. At the beginning of the month you were barely crawling and scooting around and now you’re a crawling pro (you’re quick!). You’re even pulling yourself up and standing on things! Sometimes I put you in your walker while I clean the house and you’ve even mastered that. You love to run wildly, laughing, and heading straight towards us until you slam in to us. Kona isn’t so sure she likes this new skill of yours. You also went from having 2 teeth to 5 teeth in the span of a week! Your hair is growing so fast and is looking very golden. Every day I think you can’t get cuter and then you go and continue getting cuter by the day!!

This month you had a few fun first experiences. You were a flower girl at your uncle Brian’s wedding. You looked adorable but you slacked on your job a little bit. You decided to eat the flowers on your way down the aisle rather than drop any:) We also had a chicken show up on our property (it’s still here and sticking around). You had never seen a chicken but you think she’s so funny! You love watching her waddle around and peck the ground. You also went with mom to a bachelorette shower/party! You got all dressed up and everything! We also went on a date with dad to a nice Italian restaurant. You were such an angel and the waiters were in love with you. You rode in a shopping cart for the first time and thought it was the best thing. We made a little trip to the friendship garden in Balboa where you saw blooming Japanese cherry blossom trees! You also listened to bagpipers for the first time on St Patrick’s day. Watching you listen to music never gets old. You were so captivated by their songs.

This month you also ate some new things. Sweet potatoes, banana, and applesauce. You seem to like the banana and apple sauce and you tolerated the sweet potatoes. You also seem to have a taste for dog toys because I can’t get you to stop putting them in your mouth. I keep them away from you but it doesn’t help that Kona likes to bring them to you as soon as I turn my back. I think she wants you to play with her or she like her toys to be covered in your tasty drool. You also love to eat paper. We’ve had a couple incidents now where we’ve found interesting words and paper snippets in your diaper. Dad and I took you to a bookstore for the first time this month. You crawled all around and looked through the books with us but I think you really just wanted to have a book buffet! Another thing you like to chew on is straws. When we go to a restaurant all we need to entertain you is a straw. Well more like 10 straws because you have a tendency of throwing them all on the ground:) When we do go to a restaurant you barely make a peep but we do leave a big pile of straws on the floor when we leave.

You were also quite the daddy’s girl this month. You get so excited when he comes home or when you wake up to him on the weekends. You love to sit and watch him play guitar and love it even more when you get to play (smack) the guitar with him. We worked a lot on the yard the last couple of weeks and you were there for most of it on daddy’s or my back. You were so quiet and content being out there with us.

I was surprised, when you were born, at how quickly you were able to crack us up! From the beginning, you were entertaining us with the faces you would make. As you’ve gotten older you’ve just gotten funnier! One of the things you do that’s been cracking us up lately is what we call your bull dog face. You like to suck in your top lip and push your bottom lip out and just sit around like that. We’ve also been catching you laughing in your sleep lately. I didn’t know what you’re dreaming about that’s so funny. I like to think it’s something about you riding Kona like a horse around the yard. You’re also killing us with your waves. You wave in the cutest way, flicking your wrist around. You love to wave at anything and everything. I catch you waving at strangers behind me in the store and you were even waving at a picture of you and daddy that you saw in the computer. Speaking of pictures. Any picture of a person illicits a big smile and wave from you. I don’t think you quite understand photos yet and I love it. You just wave and wave and stare waiting for them to wave back. You’ve also been doing this funny thing where you lunge at me and crawl in to my arms when you hear a loud noise or Kona runs by you. You don’t look afraid, it just like you want to get back to home base quickly. You’re also pretty good at mimicking. You can mimic waves, you like to mimic smacking the table or couch, you like to copy and repeat the “hi” noise when someone says hi to you (you usually greet me in the morning with this same noise), you like to mimic coughing, laughing, and singing also. Speaking of singing, you’re still in love with it. You love to listen to it and sing along. I can’t wait to see if you grow up to be musical. Recently at church, the music started and you whipped your head around and locked your eyes on the stage while the singing happened. It was adorable!

You pretty much fill our lives to the brim with Adorable. I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see it but you’re almost always happy, content, and overflowing with joy. I love watching you not only experience life but love it. You already pay such close attention to the small things. I put toys all around you and you’ll ignore them all to study and focus on the little piece of fuzz or blade of grass nearby. I hope you continue to love those little things. You are just the best little thing, little one!!!

You are so loved,

Isabella baby butterfly cute tootie foofy flutterby.

Those darn teeth trying to come in all at once.

The daintiest fingers in all the land. She’s always so captivated by the tiniest little things.

Always cracking us up. She pointed and waved over and over at this picture of her and Daddy. WE also find her sleeping like this often.

Her first ride in the big grocery cart!

Her little sleepy face is the sweetest thing.

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