But let's slow down a bit and look at all the awesome things Eila has been doing this past month.
Weight/Height/Head: We went for Eila's 9 month check up last week. Since her six month check up - she put on roughly three pounds weighing at 2lbs 1oz, grew 5cm - measuring 75cm (29.5 inches) and her head is now 18 inches. Basically she's growing on a perfect curve. Steve and I are pretty proud of Eila (and ourselves).
Clothes: Buying clothes for the upcoming spring/summer season has proven to be a difficult task. To be honest I don't even know what size Eila is wearing. I think I squeeze her into clothes for much longer than I should - I just have issues with letting things go. I am guessing she should be in size 12-18 months now. I just need to face reality. And she's still wearing size three diapers.
Eating & SleepingEating: We are still going strong with nursing and Eila hasn't shown any indications of wanting to reduce any feeds. I have no idea how many times a day she nurses now. The whole thing has changed. She really just snacks during the day and maybe has a good long eat in the morning, in the afternoon, before bed and once through the night. The rest of the time she just grabs a quick drink and then goes back to ripping up books, terrorizing the cat, etc.
Solids are going really well - there is still a bit of gagging but it really only happens when she's being goofy. Eila now basically eats whatever we are eating. However lately I have found myself cooking our way through the Baby Led Weaning Cookbook. The recipes are perfectly sized for two adults and one baby (and still room for leftovers - if you eat them). I also found that all the recipes are so basic and quick to cook up - but also taste really good. Our favourites so far are the Weeknight Chilli, Spaghetti Bolognese, Cheesy Tuna Pasta Salad and Beef and Onion Stew.
Sleeping: Since Eila
Routine & MilestonesRoutine: We are pretty casual over here - and go with the flow! I basically let Eila lead the day and it seems to work for both of us.
- New vocabulary: Shortly after figuring out how to say Mama - everything out of Eila's mouth was DADADADADADADADA. And then one day she started saying "up". At first I brushed it off as coincidence - but now she'll say up and then pull herself up to stand. Or she'll say up and bang on my leg.
- Furniture Surfing: Eila can scale furniture with her eyes closed - she is SO FAST. It's a current favourite pastime of hers.
- New teeth: This round of teeth were brutal. She cut both her upper right central incisor and it's neighbour the upper right lateral incisor. Those top teeth are no joke. I am not looking forward to going through the left side. Or the 16 remaining teeth she needs to cut.
- Standing - unassisted: Eila likes to live on the wild side and has recently given up on holding on to couch, bookshelf, or the chair when standing. She still needs it to help her pull up, but once she's up she lets go and just stands there. It's hilarious. She's too little to be just standing there.
Social & EventsSocial: Eila has become quite the chatterbox - and a yeller. This month she practiced her vocal chords and all the ranges she can reach. It was a loud month. And in the end - even her cry got louder. Lady can wail if she wants to - especially when you fish that coveted chewed up wad of book page out of her mouth.
- Meeting Beatrix: Our friends Randalin & Kris just added an adorable baby girl to their family. I was eager to meet her and soak in all her newness (because newborns are awesome when they aren't your own). Even though Eila didn't acknowledge Bea too much - she had a blast playing with Kale. It made us wish we lived closer so they could burn off their energy together.
- Celebrating Mama & Dad's Birthday: unfortunately for Eila she didn't get to enjoy birthday week with cake. As for Steve and I - we ate cake. Lots and lots of cake.
Favourite ThingsBaby Gear/Toys: Eat on the floor was getting old - and we one day want Eila to enjoy the novelty of a picnic so we put on our grown-up pants and cleared off the kitchen table and vowed to eat as many meals as possible there. The only problem is that Eila's highchair is gigantic. As big as she is - she is just too small for it. So we 'invested' in a $25 (we got the tray) ANTILOP High Chair from Ikea. Ummmm....why didn't we buy this sooner? This chair is awesome. It's small. All plastic. And so easy to clean. The legs come out, so it's easy to travel with.
- Fruit: Eila loves most fruit - the only thing she's crinkled her nose at are Bananas (I don't blame you kid) but she'll still try them every time. Her favourite fruit are peaches - but she also loves watermelon, mango, strawberries and apples.
- Drinking: We have tried a few cups out with Eila to encourage her to drink more at meal time we didn't have much luck with any spouted cup or straw cups so when I came across the Philip AVENT Natural Drinking Cup I thought I'd give it a shot. It's lip activated so Eila can use it like a regular cup, without spilling it entirely all over herself. She seems to really enjoy it. It's still messy - but she is getting much better at it. However she has also taken up drinking the bath water. She just smashes her face to the water and laps it up. She thinks it's hilarious.
- Playing with Dad: Eila has more recently shown more emotion when Steve gets home from work. It's totally adorable. She crawls right to him and then it's all day all night long (until she wants to eat). Needless to say - Eila loves weekends and soaking up all the dad time she can.