Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ryan - 9 Months

Dear Ryan,

Wow, 9 months already! Very soon you'll have been on the outside of me longer than you were inside. I look at you and I'm astonished at how much you've grown, and how much you've accomplished this month.

One very notable thing this month is you nearly always have your little feet crossed when you are in a sitting position. So very cute!
Your laughing face.
Your eyes are very blue but I can't really figure out what color your hair is. Sometimes blond, sometimes brown, and occasionally red in direct sunlight.
Nap times happen twice a day, and you will either have a long one in the morning and a short one in the afternoon, or a short one in the morning and a long one in the afternoon.
You really started moving around this month, first by pushing yourself backwards, then twirling yourself from place to place while in a seated position, and then, the last 4 days, officially crawling! We put the gate up on the top of the stairs mid-month, and it was perfect timing!
You weren't sure what to make of the gate at first, but now you're just so excited about being able to move around that you don't make anything of it. It has been so cute to have you crawl to us when we are in another spot in the room.
Even though you are mobile, I still love carrying you when you need it.
Daddy is your favorite person at the moment. You reach out for him whenever you can which is good since Mama has had to work many hours this month!
But you also LOVE to play with Jake. The other morning Jake realized that this cardboard box was the perfect size, so we put you in it and Jake pushed you around. How you laughed!! Jake loves it that he can play with you more as you get bigger and stronger.
You two sure make cute brothers.
Lots else has been going on! The funniest thing in the beginning of the month was when you started shaking your head. There didn't seem to be any reason for it except you liked the sensation and it would elicit smiles and mimicry from us. You also discovered clapping, and love it when we do 'Patty Cake.' You will ask us to do it 3 times in a row. As for toys, what you most love right now is balls, any size balls. You figured out how to roll/toss the ball to us and we roll it back to you. Right now it seems that you do that about 10 times a day, a few times with each of us!
You're a fantastic eater and drinker. You love cold tea infusions and will reach for the cup every time Mama or Daddy is drinking. Just like your big brother, you are a huge fan of strawberries, but will also happily eat artichoke, black olives, pickles, melon, cucumber, red bell pepper, O's, apples and a few other things of which I can't think. Avocado and beans are sometimes a hit, sometimes not. Potatoes and rice are a no. And still no teeth!
Communication has taken a big leap this month. After taking a hiatus from signing for awhile, it came back this month. You sign Mama and Daddy and milk pretty regularly. We have also seen pickle, more (once), ball, and bed. You have also said Mommy! All very exciting.

Ryan, we LOVE having you in this family. You are such a joy to be around, and I am so glad you are my baby.
Love, Mama

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