Nine Months Old


Roman you are so amazing. These days you are acting very kid like, hardly a baby any more. You are doing grown up kind of things.

TALKING & LAUGHING-The sounds you have been making are very different from the cooing baby sounds you used to make. Now you babble all day long and I have caught on that certain sounds have specific meaning. When you want something (the cell phone I am using) or want my attention you will do a pretend cough which sounds more like a hacking noise. At first I really thought you had a cold or were choking, but soon realized clever little you knew exactly what you were doing. Since figuring out your tactics the coughing has mysteriously ended. When you see something you like (ducks, dogs, dad) or think something is funny you’ll make a fast “ha ah ha” noise- sounds like panting or hyperventilating. Again I thought something was wrong with you until I caught on. You whisper to yourself when you are in deep concentration or when you think you are alone riding in the back of the car. It is SO cute! But my favorite one of all is when you are frustrated (usually during a diaper or clothing change) and you sound just like an angry old man mumbling and cursing. Your face gets all red and scrunched and you start a series of “mmmm, ddddd, err, ugh, grrr” while your mouth stays tightly closed. I know you are trying very hard to express your dissatisfaction, but it is nearly impossible NOT to laugh at the effort.

PLAY TIME- Your ability to enjoy playing has made our days so much more fun! We walk to the park with a swing almost everyday. You like to be pushed and love it if I grab your legs in mid air, hold you there for a second, then let go. You also like to play with your ball- you’ll push it around the room and crawl to get it. I’ve caught you playing on your own for several minutes with a toy car. It has three whimsical little animals that fit inside- you like the animals as much as the car. What makes me laugh is that you turn the car over to examine the bottom and touch every little tiny detail- EVERY single time. Lately we have been playing:

* PATTY CAKE- You move your hands up and down instead of side to side as I sing the song. Sometimes so fast that you’ll hit yourself in the face. This hand motion seems to be your version of clapping- you’ve been breaking into applause a lot lately!

* GET THE BABY- Your dad and I will crawl around shouting “I’m going to get you” and you squeal and laugh and try to crawl away. We tickle you when you get caught, but you like being chased more than you like the tickling part.

*HIDE AND SEEK- You crawl behind your crib and peek your head out to see if I’m looking. Then I’ll say “I see you” and you giggle and crawl back behind the crib. This can go on for quite awhile.

*THIS LITTLE PIGGY- The anticipation of getting to that last toe that gets tickled sends you into a build up of smiles and laughter. The minute I start the rhyme you smile and by the time I have reached your chubby little pinky toe you are giggling and pushing my hand away- as if to say stop, no don’t stop, okay stop, I can’t stand it.

FOOD- You have moved on from purées and only want finger foods. Not that you were ever really into purées and rice cereal to begin with. We caught on when you repeatedly shook your head no at the sight of a spoon coming toward your mouth, but wanted to eat Cheerios and dried fruit all day long. So far you have tried and liked: grapes, cheese, pita, croissants, black beans and apples. As you can tell you have moved beyond your orange food preference. Good thing because we were starting to run out of options.

FLIRTING- You have become the biggest flirt when we are out. It is getting a little over the top if you ask me, but you never fail to work your charm on everyone. The lady at the bank, the checker at the grocery store, neighbors, old people, young people, big, small- you don’t discriminate. You LOVE it if someone acknowledges you. Any initiation from a stranger will bring on your bright eyes and huge grin. Then you are usually told how cute you are- to which you smile even bigger and turn your head in a bashful kind of way. It’s magic. Your ability to bring out a smile and positive comment from a total stranger has put me on a 9 month (and counting) high. Thank you!


One Response to “Nine Months Old”

  1. Auntie Lindsay Says:


    It’s so hard to believe that you are almost 10 months old! You are growing up so fast, just like your cousin Alec…

    Auntie Lindsay

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