Ethan: 9 Months
Ethan is 9 months old today! HOW is this possible!? I think I will be asking myself this for the rest of my life! Our little baby is looking and acting more like a little boy every day. He is talking more, moving all around, walking in his crib, and still having a lot of fun doing it all.
Eating mostly everything he's offered
Emptying his toy bin
Going on walks
Swimming (we think!)
Bath time - He splashes around now!
His favorite book is "Where's Boo?" It's a hide and seek book to find Boo, the cat.
He also loves songs or games where you say/do something, have a long pause where he has to wait for you to do something. For example, in swim class, we sing this song about being a piece of popcorn and waiting for the popcorn to pop. The instructor sings, "I'm a piece of popcorn, put me in the pan. Shake me, shake me, as fast as you can. And IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII, willlllllllllllllllll....." then he pauses and looks around and Ethan laughs. He's anticipating the instructor saying "Pop!". It's pretty funny and you can do it with other songs or even while just talking to Ethan.
Ethan also laughs and laughs when you push him. Yes. He could be sitting in his high chair and if you take just one finger and push his shoulder, he dies laughing. So strange. haha
Mashed Potatoes (he likes sweet potatoes though)
Diaper changes...or the act of having to lay down on the changing table for 5 whole minutes
It's really funny when he eats something he doesn't like. He makes this face and literally gags. haha
Ethan does the cutest thing sometimes. If you face him and lean towards him, he leans in and rests his head against yours. It's like his way of giving you a hug.
Picking him up is still the best part of my day and I love our Fridays together. He also has a special relationship with his Dad which is great. They have a lot of fun together and it is so cute to see EGL hold his little arms out for Daddy to pick him up.
I am already planning Ethan's first birthday. It makes me realize he won't be a baby for much longer, but was he ever? Well, he'll always be my baby but you know what I mean. Lately, when I am putting him to bed, I find myself holding him a little longer and just watching him sleep. I thought the big time emotions went away after a few months post partum but when I'm staring at him, I sometimes feel very full with emotion for him. Happy to have him, blessed to have such an amazing baby, sad he's growing so fast....all rolled into one. So, I hold him for a few more minutes to soak it all in.