Pretty much over these monthly pictures. You and me both, sister.
Time is flying by and we are loving life over here. We have one seriously happy baby - the girls at the gym actually call her Happy Hadley and it's only the most appropriate nickname for someone, ever.
Month nine was mostly awesome, with only one bad week thrown in. Teething sucks, especially getting four teeth in at one time. It also coincided with us coming home after being gone for a few days in Park City, so maybe that was a little to do with it, too? Thrown off the schedule? Either way, nighttime was pretty awful for a little bit there. It was like we reverted back to the newborn days with tons of wakeups, screaming, and just generally having to be held to stay asleep. Whew. But we survived, all thanks to coffee, and once we got past that, she graced us with her longest stretch ever of nights spent sleeping from 7pm-7am! That, I will most definitely take.
Other great things, like her crazy increased mobility. Girlfriend has got the army crawl DOWN and she has also started to discover pulling up on things (as evidenced by all the mini-bruises on her forehead from crashing into everything). Baby gates have made their appearance in a few areas around the house. Brady absolutely hates when they're closed. He sits on one side of it and whines to come through, so I let him, and then he does the same thing to go back as soon as I close it again. He's a weird guy, but Hadley loves him so much. She squeals every time she sees him - he can even make her stop crying - and he's her favorite jungle gym. Brady takes it like a champ and just lets her crawl all over him.
She finally dropped that third nap this month. One Saturday she was just over it. We put her down for her noon time nap and she was not having it - at all. She spent a good half hour playing and I was just waiting for her to fall asleep, but after some wailing and throwing pacifiers across the room, I knew it wasn't going to happen. So we got her out and went to Earth Fare for lunch to distract her and keep her happy (she loooves being out and about) and she went down for her next nap when we got home with no problems.
I seriously heart the new nap schedule - 8/8:30am and 2:30pm - because she sleeps for longer amounts of time, and it allows us a larger window of time to be out of the house, without having to rush back for naps. Good stuff.
We also gave up on baby purees and moved more into baby led weaning (the book was super helpful). This is still a major work in progress - most food ends up ON her, not in her mouth - but so far she's been willing to try anything. Carrots or any fruits seem to be a fave, she doesn't seem to be that into carbs. What I would give for those taste buds. Now, the eating real food is one thing Brady is loving. She loves to drop food to him and he happily eats it up and I happily don't have to pick anything up off of the floor thanks to the pup.
Getting this chair cover this month was a game changer. I feel so much more comfortable letting her sit in shopping carts and we've started to go out to eat again more now that this allows her skinny little butt to fit better in a highchair! We went out to dinner on St. Patricks Day and she was so happy just waving to people and throwing menus on the ground, while mom and dad enjoyed some green beer.
Speaking of mom and dad! She's officially saying 'dada' - all that reading of this book paid off since that was her first word! - 'mama' - said for the first time while we were in Park City, killed me - and 'baba' - which we pretend means Brady :)
Other products we are loving: high chair // wean green glass containers (perfect for her little meals) // activity cube // stacking cups // music set (obvi!) // Go to bed book // leggings // shampoo // baby gates // animals book // key set
I have a couple more baby posts coming that I'm working on - where I love to shop for her, and our daily schedule of getting out and about!