Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Madeline: 9 Months
Miss Madeline is now 9 (okay, almost 10) months old. Her latest stats:
Height: 27.5 inches (49%)
Weight: 13.7 pounds (0%)
Head: 16.3 inches (1%)
As predicted, this month Maddie fell below the charts in weight. This led to a little drama as the doctor, wanting to make sure he wasn't missing a problem, ordered some blood work. Poor Madeline's little arm is only an inch or two in circumference, and her veins so very small. We had to go back twice with a total of 5 pinpricks to get enough blood for all of the "failure to thrive" tests. The good news: there is no problem whatsoever! She is still growing, just at a slow rate. My personal theory is that she has Dave's crazy metabolism. I swear she eats more than Emma did when she was a baby.
We weren't ever really worried, mostly because of all of the things she's learning to do!
*Maddie pulls herself up and cruise along furniture.
*She has climbed the entire staircase! (Don't worry, I caught her when she was on the first step and followed her up the rest of the way. I wanted to see how far she could go. She has repeated the feat several times since, under close supervision).
*She is a litte chatterbox! Da, ba, and a lot of other sounds we don't understand.
*She loves "real" food and has become a bit of a beggar. Whenever anyone else is eating she will crawl over to them and pat her hand, squeak, and do whatever else in her power to get you to share with her. She particularly targets Emma.
*She is becoming quite adept at playing with all of her Christmas toys independently. Her favorites are her zoo and ball popper.
*She loves to clap and will clap for almost anything.
*We think she can sign "more," but it looks similar to clapping so we're not entirely sure. She does, however, have many different ways to express she wants more crackers.
*She has finally mastered technically correct crawling. She spent a long time crawling around on her stomach, which is almost as fast as all fours.
*She likes to sing, and it's a struggle for me to entertain her during Emma's music class because she wants to join the fun.
*She hates her shoes and socks and is constantly pulling them off.
*Maddie likes to scrounge around for leftovers on the kitchen floor. We don't need a dog! :)
*Madeline continues to be an easy, happy baby.