Sunday, January 29, 2012

9 Months Old

So the time has come for my little miss to turn 9 months old. It's kind of crazy looking at the pack of monthly stickers and only seeing a few left. Each month that goes by gives me a chance to reflect back on how much she's changed in such a short amount of time.

From tipping over in the chair at one month, chewing on her hands the second month, and trying to crawl out of the chair last month, to all the fun and silly things she did this month. Time flies when you have a baby. does.  So without further ado, let's talk about this little "nine monther"

Highlight of the photo shoot this month? Climbing, anywhere and everywhere.  Whereas last month she was just interested in crawling out of the chair, this month she wanted to go over the side, up the back, and down the front of course.  Check out all the action:
"Aren't you supposed to be sitting little girl?"

She's starting sticking her tongue out like this...too funny.

Good thing Grandma Karen was there to assist with
the photo shoot...I don't think I could have "wrangled"
the girl in all by myself!

"I'll just climb up this wall okay?"

Fun with Mom at the end.

Cracking herself up.

"Yeah for monthly photo shoots!"

A funny thing she's been doing this month is using her pointer finger.  She points at people, at the dogs, at buttons, and especially at noses.  Sometimes I like to call her "Inspector Avery" when she whips out that pointer finger.   Naturally the pointer finger came out during the photo shoot...

Pointing at buttons.

Pointing with her serious face.

Pointing at the pretend kitchen.

Stats for this month: As you can see her stats for this month are: 30 inches long (up one inch from last month), and 21 lbs (down one pound from last month).  I think she's lost a pound because she's been so active this past month, from climbing stairs, walking in her walker, and just playing...the girl doesn't stop! She still in the upper 90th percentile on her height and weight so I'm not too worried about it.

Speaking of weight...the girl sure knows how to "make big thighs look good!" (Thanks for the funny shirt Grandma Cheryl!).

Wanna see those cute thighs in action? Here she is playing at my parent's house in a onesie with socks and shoes.  She got up too quick and I didn't have time to get her pants on yet.  I don't think she minded one bit.

Hair: It seems like over the past month or two her hair has really started to grow. It's gotten to that stage where some of it sticks out over her headbands, which amazingly she still doesn't mind wearing (knock on wood!).  My favorite thing about the hair is seeing her "bed head" in the morning...which you can see later in this post.  I'm kind of clueless when it comes to doing little girl hair, so luckily we have a little bit until I have to start worrying about braids, pigtails, and ponytails. A headband and a bow? I got that covered!
Here comes the hair!
Skateboard Time: Something fun we did this past month was to go visit Brandon's skateboard shop, Dairdevil Boards.  You may recall we went there back when Avery was 4 months old, and she seemed to really like it with all the different colors, graphics, and well of course...Dad.  So it was no surprise that it was even more of a hit the second time around.  Here's the fun we had....

Talking business with Dad.

Back on the board.

"Are you sure I should be standing on this?"

She always has lots to say.

Time for some tricks.
I think she's a natural.

Yeah! Clapping for the picture.

Family pic time.

Food: We're still going strong with baby-led weaning, or baby-led solids as I like to call it. We started this approach to giving Avery solid foods back when she was 6 months old and it's still working out great.  Messy...but great. Don't believe me? Check out what she did with some vegan chili and celery sticks!
"Uhh what did you expect mom?!"

Some of her favorite foods are bananas, which she often has for breakfast.  I slice them up into quarters and leave the skin on (I make sure to wash it before giving it to her).  This gives her something to hold onto while she eats the banana.  

Banana slices that I give Avery for breakfast.

Another favorite: toast...gluten-free that is.  While I don't know if Avery will be sensitive to gluten like I am, I'm not taking my chances. So until she's a few years older, she'll be a gluten-free girl like her mama.  Mainly because it's easier for me, since that's what I eat.  Here she is having some "toast squares". I just cut the toast into bite-size squares for her to nibble on while driving around in her Combi Walker (the steering wheel portion of the car comes off and this eating tray is underneath. Avery loves to "eat and drive"!).

Something else to mention about her food is that in the past month or so I've started sending a lunch with Avery, to go along with the milk I've pumped. Usually it's just a small portion of leftovers from the night before that she'll eat at lunch or at some point in the day to supplement her bottles.  We were finding that she was getting very frustrated when everyone else was eating and she wasn' we know, the girl wants her own food! 

A typical leftover lunch for Avery.

 Usually a small portion like this is more than enough.
Aside from sending a lunch, I also now send her with a breakfast. Sometimes it's the banana slices I mentioned above, but recently it's been a "Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie".  If you follow my "What I Ate Wednesday" posts, you know I have one of these yummy green smoothies each morning, and one day I gave Avery a sip and she went crazy for it... see below! These things have hemp seeds, chia seeds, rice milk, raw cacao powder, frozen strawberries, frozen bananas, and of course...spinach!

Just hanging out with my smoothie...
I've never seen her suck so hard on that straw!

Now she's hooked. I have one each morning and so does she.  Usually I'll make mine, and pour a little portion into her Lollacup (which I must say is an awesome cup for giving babies a smoothie in...I couldn't live without mine!).  I then pack up the Lollacup with her diaper bag and save it for her to have when she gets to the sitter.  Let's just say there are two of us hooked on these things now!

Now for just some fun pictures from the month.  To start off with here she is when I came in after she had just woken up from a of my favorite times of the day.  Babies are so cute when they've just woken up and have sleepy eyes.

I usually walk in to find her standing,
banging on her crib.

Happy to tell me all about it and show off her teeth.
We're now at 7! 

"Oh sure I'll give you a smile Mom."

"But you can get me out of here now ya know?!"
Bath time: Long gone are the days of giving Avery a bath in the Tummy Tub like I posted about back in this post.  After she started to fill that thing up, we knew it was time for something bigger so we moved to the kitchen sink. This was fun for awhile until she learned out to splash the water and after a few times of water nearly flooding the kitchen floor we moved her to the "big bathtub".  I was worried that she would bump her head, or that she needed some type of baby support seat while in there...boy was I wrong.  The first time we put her in there she was crawling around, splashing the water, and sitting like she'd been doing it for years.

Just playing away. Her favorite thing is usually to crawl
from one end of the tub to the other.

Also this past month, she really came to love the door to our porch. It's right in our dining room and with the blinds rolled up, she can see out to the backyard.  She seems to often look for the dogs, and when she sees one, she gets very excited and starts saying, "Do do". Sometimes she'll even wave at them.  Other words she's saying right now: anything with a "D", dada, do do, and other "B" sounds too.  No "mama" yet...that's okay though, it'll come!  ( :

Speaking of the porch, we took her walker out there one day for a little spin since our winter here in Missouri has been unusually mild, and Avery had quite the fun time.  Now just as more and more of her personality has been coming out in these past couple of months, her moods have become stronger. So when she's happy, she's really happy! She's smiling, laughing, and often snorting-he he! But on the flip side when she's upset, she's really upset. Crying, screaming, the quivering lip, and sometimes even throwing her head back.  See example below:

The good thing about these upsets is that it lets us know what she needs. Clearly when she looks like she does above, she's DONE with what she was currently doing and she wants to go do something else.  Heck, if the girl had words I'm sure she'd say, "Okay Mommy, I've been in this walker for 15 minutes now. I'm hungry and want to get out, can you please pick me up?" But she doesn't so instead that's what I get. 

It's all good though. Usually what she needs is just a quick cuddle, nursing session, change in activity, or change in diapers and then she's back to being her happy, silly self.

"Okay, this is much better now!"
See you guys next month as we move into double digits...10 months old!


  1. Ashley,
    DO you let Avery sleep with her amber necklace on? My son has a bracelet style one but I always put it on his ankle because I'm worried about him trying to chew it. I didn't go with the necklace because I didn't want to worry about him choking himself if it got caught on something. Maybe I'm just a worry wart. I'm not questioning your parenting at all, as we all do what works for us, I'm just curious.

  2. Hey SarahPLiz,
    I do let Avery sleep with her amber necklace on. She started wearing it around 3 months old, and I was worried then too so I made sure to take it off at every nap. But as time went on I got more comfortable with it and it seemed like she was safe and sound wearing it while she was sleeping. There haven't been any close calls to make me worry that she could choke herself, so for the time being I leave it on her while she sleeps. Also, she has never tried to chew on it. I'm sure every baby is different so even though it works for me to leave it on her, other mamas might feel more comfortable taking it off. As you said, we all do what works for us, and at the end of the day that's enough. ( :
    Thanks for your comment!

  3. I love the pic of her cracking up and the ones on the skateboard - too cute! Also, great project for your room, looks pretty!

  4. ashley i just wanted to say i really love your blog! its really inspired me to go green in ways i would have never expected!

  5. Hey Allison,
    Yeah she's quite a fan of that skateboard! Thanks for the compliment about the project I did in our room, I'm excited for more Pinterest crafts to come! ( :

    Hey Keisha P,
    Thanks so much for your kind words about my blog! Glad it's helping you to go green. ( :


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