Today you are 9 months old. Which means that you have officially been out in the world for as long as you were growing inside me. It doesn’t feel the same though. My pregnancy felt so long, especially at the end, when everyday I was longing to see your sweet face and kiss your chubby cheeks. However, these past 9 months with you have flown by. I feel like I blinked my eyes and suddenly in place of my tiny newborn I had this big, beautiful girl.
You are such a sweet heart, Leah Grace. You carry around a smile and a wave for every one you meet and it’s crazy to think how you have no idea just how happy you make people. The other day while grocery shopping with mommy, you smiled and blew a kiss to the older man standing behind us in line. The man broke into the hugest grin and said to me, “Well, that just made my whole day.” And it’s true, your gorgeous smiles really do light up the world. I hope you continue to smile at the small things, for those are the things that truly matter.
You had your 9 month appointment today. You are currently 29 1/4 inches long and 20 lbs even. What a tall girl! You are dropping in the percentile for weight, but your height continues to stay in the 90th percentile. Looks like you’re going to be our tall and skinny girl! Although you didn’t receive any shots at this appointment (mommy was so relieved!) this was the first time you cried with the doctor. You did not want him to straighten your legs and you scrunched your face up, locked your knees, and screamed! The doctor laughed at your strong will and strength and so did I! Happily, all was made right in the world when you were given back to mommy. You even gave your sweet doctor a few waves and smiles to show that all was forgiven.
You LOVE food. Daddy and I laughed so hard tonight when we watched your determination that came with trying to pick up pieces of strawberries off your tray. You only got frustrated once, when those slippery pieces kept falling out of your chubby little fists, but then you went right back to diligently picking up the pieces, slipping them into your mouth, and clapping exuberantly in celebration once you succeeded. Our favorite nickname for you is Chou Chou (where do these nicknames even come from?) and daddy and I laughed when he came back from visiting our good friends in Haiti where he learned that “chou” means cabbage in Creole. So, you are our little “cabbage cabbage.”
You love your baby, scooting around the house (usually following mommy and daddy) and any music (especially “The Wheels on the Bus”). I love watching your personality continue to emerge because you have such a sweet yet feisty spirit. You are an absolute joy and pleasure to be around, baby girl, and mommy and daddy continue to fall deeper in love with you every day.
We love you.
Mommy and Daddy