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Emerson, 6, 7, 8 & 9 months

First, let me say how bad I have failed to write these monthly updates.  I'm feeling like a huge failure, but at least we're getting something going here with 4 months in one post. 

Dear Sweet Emie Ann,

You are a very happy little baby that brings so much joy to our lives.  You've done quite a lot over the last 4 months that it's going to be hard to document it all in one post, but we're going to give it a try!

In month six, you went on vacation to Virginia and had both your aunt and their aupair watch you which worked out just fine. We also celebrated your aunt Mindi's birthday, your Papa's birthday and your aunt Julia's birthday!  Sadly, we were able to spend a lot of time with uncle Colin this month because your grandpa was in the hospital a lot and that meant that he was spending a lot of time at our house so he could spend time with Tom.  You were also rolling around a lot during this month and on March 10th you finally were sitting up on your own!  What a fun milestone that seemed to happen so quickly.

{I'm sorry.  I have to pause here to say that looking back at 4 months of my little girls progress and all that has happened in these 4 months is very overwhelming.  A. LOT. happened and it's just emotional how fast it's all passing by. Note to self, don't do four months in one update again.}

  • We took you and Coen to visit Tom for the last time.  This is very hard to write and hard to read when I we reviewing my calendar.  It was actually a really great experience.  It was fast and important for us to do.  We knew that it would probably be a good visit and it was.  Tom perked up and seeing you guys meant the world to him.  You could tell by the expression on his face.  As we were having you say your goodbyes, we brought the car seat over the his bed so that he could see you.  He was trying so hard to reach for your hand.  He was so close and so hopeful to just grab your hand.  We eventually guided your hand to his and he was just so joyful to touch your hand and hold it.  Thinking about that now is so emotional.  But he was so happy to have you there.  Your brother was able to give him a kiss on the cheek and a hug before leaving. Just a few days later, he was taken home and is pain-free.
  • We celebrated your first Easter which was fun and you were starting to stand up more and more and pull yourself up on things.  Still just rolling around and rocking on your knees at this point.  No true crawling yet.
  • Your personality was really shining through and you can tell that you love for your brother is really developing.
  • You had croup for the first time in month 7.  That was fun, but you powered through.
  • And on April 9th, you started really crawling around on your own!
  • April 12 you got your second bottom tooth!
  • Around this time, we were really trying to have you sleep more in your room. There is still a transition period of you getting up in the middle of the night, feeding and going back down in our room.  We'll work on getting this to not happen, but I'm not too worked up about it because Coen did this until he was 11 months.  {I'm entering the crazy train but thankful I'm not pregnant and nursing like I was with Coen. }
  • You're still nursing like a champ, but you have issues when you're distracted or feel like you're missing out on something.  I have found over the last few months that I have to nurse you in private or you just don't nurse well.  And thankfully, with two teeth on the bottom and now one coming in on the top, you have yet to really bite down on me.  I'm so happy about that.  With Coen we went through a phase that was awful.  We made it through, but it wasn't a good time.  So, thank you.
  • In month 8, you finally were sleeping a lot better in your bed and into month 9, you're doing even better!  Eating is helping, I think, because you're eating more solids and those are keeping you full through the night.
  • In month 8, we had you and your brother dedicated at church on Mother's Day.  It was a beautiful service and while unfortunately it was in the prime of your nap, you did really well!
  • Over the next few weeks leading into 9 months, we had a TERRIBLE spell of flu and a few other things run through our house, literally.  THANKFULLY, you didn't get what everyone else had.  It was awful.
  • In the beginning of May, you were really crawling well and holding your own with the older kids at the sitter.  You do not let Coen pass you by.  You keep up with him which makes me think that in a few more weeks, you're going to be running right by his side playing.  He's struggling with sharing and knowing to be gentle with you, but he will learn and it doesn't really seem to phase you much.
  • You're also starting to cruise around furniture like a champ.  You're so fast!
  • You try to play with your brother and keep up with his as much as you can.  You're pretty much his shadow and you find him hilarious.  Lately, you guys have started to wrestle with one another which is cute until you get hurt or squished and we have to break it up for a minute.  You don't give up very easy.
  • We have learned that both you and Coen, have no fear.  You're very adventurous, you try things you know you haven't done before just to see if you can do them, and you don't give up until you're hurt.  In the bath-tub, you stand up against the sides and hold on until you fall down.
  • You can be very strong-willed and yet so affectionate. You have such a sweet smile and have learned how to be "shy" when new faces greet you.
It goes without saying that you have been such a blessing in our lives and we love spending every waking moment with you, even if that means that my dinner gets cold and sits on the counter for 2 hours before being eaten.

You're currently:
  • Nursing about 5 times a day and eating solids about three meals a day with a few snacks here and there.
  • You're in a size 3 diaper, but I could see you moving to a 4 very soon.
  • You're still able to wear most 6 month items and you're moving into 9 month items and 6-12 month clothes.  It's very fun to dress you in a romper or dress, every day.
  • You're taking anywhere from 1 to 2 naps in a day, but that all depends on what you feel like doing.  We don't enforce a nap time, but we're going to be working on that throughout the next few months.
  •  You're still very into your paci and we're going to work on phasing that out too.  We started to not use it as much during the day and mainly after eating or sleeping, but we're going to weed that out a little more over the next few months, too, we hope.
  • Your eye hand coordination is getting really good and eating in general is starting to seem more normal for you, as we continue to add different things to your menu.
  • You're sleeping through the night, almost every night. (Which is awesome.)
In just a few days, we're going to be celebrating your brother's 2nd birthday!  I cannot believe that he's going to be 2 and that you're going to be 1 year old in just a few months.  Time sure isn't holding still.  It's moving at rapid speed and I'm so happy to be spending this time with you!

We love you so much,

Mama & Daddy

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