When I realised it was time to write the third installment of your series my Little Z, I was stunned. How are you already the ripe old age of 9 months? You are such a joy of a baby and whilst there are some ups and downs, you generally help ground us all with your happy and curious nature. You love to cuddle us all and you love to try and walk. You hate to miss out on things but you’ll also happily amuse yourself playing with toys whilst the rest of us faff about nearby you. It’s strange to think that by the time I do your next update, you’ll be at nursery with Little H and I’ll be back at work. I don’t feel ready but I know you’ll have a brilliant time just as she did. But before I get ahead of myself, here are the highlights I can remember (which are far fewer than I would have liked!) from the last few months!
• • As we passed the 6 month marker, you were still stubbornly refusing to sit up because you wanted to plank and stand-up. But I was getting a little fed-up of carting the chair around for you so one day after Pilates, I plonked you down on the mat and started a few days of concerted ‘Sitting Training’! Within a couple of days you’d nailed it and then discovered a whole new world of playing fun! But you still enjoy to plank down to the ground now and again!
• • Once we had started weaning you, we discovered you were an eating machine. Goodness you love your food. You were on three meals a day by 7 months (including pudding) and by 9 months you were loving self-feeding and most meals had a major finger food component.
• • One of the songs which calms you down at the moment is ‘Row, row, row your boat’. I’ve had to sing it so often that I’ve invented some of my own versions to go with the ‘classics’ sung by children of the day. Some of them include:
Row, row, row your boat gently to the shore. Have a cup of tea and then go row some more.
Row, row, row your boat gently to the land. Splishy, splashy, sploshy, splish, out onto the sand.
Row, row, row your boat underneath the sun. Row on the water can be lots of fun.
• • You moved into your own bedroom! It was a big step (and there is a whole post about it) but you’ve coped so well. It’s certainly helped that you’ve known your bedroom for changing and feeding since you were born.
• • At 7.5 months you waved back to one of the Partner cashiers in John Lewis! You looked confused when I clapped at you!
• • A couple of days after clapping (at 7.5 months), you slept through the night for the first time. I had to go into your room to settle you a couple of times about 11:30pm but after I went to sleep, the next thing I knew it was 6am and you hadn’t woken for a feed. It didn’t happen the next night and I have no expectations. But it was delightful to know that you could and one day might do it more often!
• • Books became a new fascination for you. You’re always trying to get any book within your sights, including the non-baby-friendly books that your sister has all over the place!
• • You have teeth! At 7.5 months you got your bottom left incisor. The second followed at 8.5 months. As we hit the 9 month marker, the top two chompers were both battling their way out, the right slightly in the lead. You’ve been so strong in coping with them!
• • Somewhere between 8 and 9 months, you figured out how to sit yourself up. All of a sudden you could get round the room at speed on your stomach and then sit yourself up to grab whatever you wanted.
• • The sitting-up was swiftly followed by learning how to pull yourself up. It was amazing to walk into your room and see you stood-up in your cot. Although you now feel the need to do it at every single nap and bedtime, even when you should be laying down to sleep!