I have constant internal debates with myself when it comes to posting "updates" about June. Do people really care what small toy my child is attempting to put in her mouth today? Do folks really want to know how much she sleeps at night? And who in their right mind actually cares if my daughter likes broccoli or not? (She doesn't!)
But then I feel like I would miss it if I didn't post the appropriate important month updates. You know, how some months are important and some aren't? Like nine months feels really important, but ten months does not. So I'll post a nine month update. And if it bores you to know that my little baby hates broccoli (she does!) or that she sticks her tongue out all day long, I completely understand and I do not hold it against you. Be free, blog readers, be free! Ain't nobody gonna force you to read this!
For those of you who are still hanging around, let's update the crap out of this baby!
At nine months old, June is still barely 14 pounds. (She'll have her official weigh in next week.) She wears six month clothes and even some 3-6 months, and only if we're feeling very brave to we venture in to the nine month clothes. The romper she is wearing in these pictures is nine months and you can see that it just about drowns her. She wears size two diapers and size one shoe because she just ain't very big and that's alright!
June rolls and scoots all over the carpet, having mastered the oh-so-important army crawl. Every day we say, "Oh my gosh, she's going to start crawling any minute!" But she doesn't. She also does not pull herself up or sit up from a laying position. Part of me worries that she's behind physically but then I remember something my favorite teacher at my school told me, "Don't borrow trouble." So I won't borrow no trouble and I'll trust that my petite little baby will hit all her milestones in due time. The fact that she can't crawl yet is actually awesome. That little girl can sit on her blanket and play with her toys all day long, and I don't much have to worry about what she's getting in to.
June LOVES being outside. She can be cranky in the car, cranky inside, fussing like a crazy banshee and then the second we walk outside, she just calms right down. She loved going to the beach last month and playing in the sand. She just sat there and held onto those little grain sands with all the energy in her fourteen pound body.
June also loves people! Her favorite people are: (in this order) mama, dada, other babies, kids, adults. She will watch anyone for hours. When we were at the beach in California she went all day long without her naps because she was just so darn happy being outside and so busy watching all the people come and go. She was especially happy to be surrounded by my friends' children. The four kids absolutely adored June and she basked in the awesomeness of being surrounded by four little people all day.
Generally June takes two naps- one in the morning around 10 and one in the afternoon around 2. Her naps range anywhere from an hour to three hours. If she has a long nap, generally the second nap is much shorter. If it gets past 4:00 pm there ain't no hope in the world of June taking an afternoon nap and we have to just power through to bedtime. Bedtime is at 7, and with the aid of her magic sleep suit, June generally sleeps through the night. Also, "through the night" is kind of a relative term, but basically she sleeps until 5 or 6 in the morning when I pull her in to bed with me and feed her while we both fall back asleep. Days when we don't have to go to work she wakes up for good anywhere between 7:30 - 9:00 am. Days where I have to work she's up by 6:30.
This past month June has been eating all sorts of new foods. My friend gave me a baby bullet and I LOVE it! I also read French Kids Eat Everything and am now on a mission to introduce June to as many types of foods as possible before it's too late. She loves pretty much all fruit, with a special place in her heart for oranges. She tolerates vegetables, but they are more than anything a necessary evil- something that must be eaten in order to get to her precious fruits. She also loves oatmeal and chicken. She does not like broccoli. REPEAT. MY CHILD DOES NOT LIKE BROCCOLI. IS ANYONE OUT THERE CONFUSED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT BY CHILD LIKE BROCCOLI?!? She still nurses three or four times a day- generally at breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bed. Homegirl loves her milk straight from the source.
June has no teeth yet, but a very adorable gummy smile. She throws her head back and flashes her gums like, "Hey! Don't I have beautiful pearly white gums?! Admire me!" And so, of course, we admire her. What else are a couple of smitten parents to do?
June is the absolute light of our lives. Nothing has ever made us so happy or made us so grateful to be alive. I know most parents are stupidly crazy about their children and it's very cliche to say we had no idea how our lives would change for the better when this little five pound bomb came exploding on to the scene. I know it's also cliche to say I never knew I could love someone like this, never understood how my heart would grow and expand, or be so absolutely amazed by her every little action. You've heard it all before, so I won't say any of that.
Just know that it's all true.