Thursday, April 19, 2007

9 months old

It's hard to believe that Eliana is 9 months old today. She's come a long way! Just last night Leif and I were talking about how she used to fit on his forearm with her head in his hand. Not any more! She is busier than ever and a bundle of joy. At 9 months old she can:

  • Sit up on her own
  • Pull up to standing
  • Cruise on the furniture
  • Army crawl (or "power-flop" as Leif calls it)
  • Walk with her push-walker
  • Imitate sounds
  • Give kisses (they are the sweetest!)
  • Play ball
  • Play peek-a-boo
  • "sing" when she plays the piano
  • Feed herself rice puffs and cheerios (and tonight it was by the fist full!)
  • Growl
  • Obey when we tell her "no."

There are a few things she does occasionally, but only when she wants to, too:

  • Stand on her own for up to 3 seconds
  • Take one or two steps on her own
  • Go potty in the little potty
  • Crawl on her hands and knees

She is definitely learning something new each day. I end this celebratory post with a heart warming incident from this evening. Ellie, Leif, and I were playing in Ellie's room. She was hanging onto my shirt and I said, "Give Mommy a kiss." and she repeated the word "kiss." Then, she leaned over and gave me a nice wet kiss on the cheek, complete with the sound "mwa" and everything. Then she grinned, hugged me, and giggled. THOSE are the moments a mommy lives for. Happy 9 months, Ellie.

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