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Paul Thomas: Things to Remember, Month Nine

LP is exactly nine months old today.  It seems as though he's changed so much just in the last few weeks!

Some things to remember:

1.  At 9 months LP is talking a lot- he says dada quite frequently but not with any meaning to it quite yet... Paul likes to say that I'll cry when LP says Dada with meaning before he says Mama and he's probably right.. Even though I know that most babies say Dada first as it's easier for them to say...

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LP trying out his fancy new car seat as he's about to outgrow his infant seat.

2.  LP sticks his tongue out a lot- he loves to stick it out and make little snake noises, hissing and spitting at everything...

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3.  He's getting much better with finger foods lately- he's started picking cheerios up with his thumb and forefinger which results in more food actually making it into his mouth and less food just getting smooshed up in his sweaty little palms....

LP Goes to Harvard by you.

4.  LP wants to stand up ALL THE TIME.  If you try to sit him down he locks his knees and thinks it's quite hysterical.  If you do get him into a seated position he fusses and cries until you hold your hands out so that he can pull himself up.
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5.  He's not crawling yet (probably because he just wants to stand up all the time!) but does push himself backwards which results in quite a bit of frustration when he's actually trying to move forward to get to a toy

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6.  The new favorite game at 9 months is what I'll call a "Jack in the Box" game.  If he's lying on his stomach in his crib or on our bed he'll push himself up on his arms and look at you and laugh.  Then he'll lay back down flat on the bed.  Seconds later he'll push himself back up and crack up again.  This is repeated over and over, with hysterical giggling each time he pops up. 

LP Goes to Harvard by you.
Hard at work visiting Mommy's office

7.  He's figured out that books have pages that can be turned and will happily sit and look at his books.

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8.  The dogs continue to be a huge source of amusement and he'll often laugh at them even if they're not doing anything. 

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9.  LP has a huge case of separation anxiety.  He's fine when I leave him at daycare but if we're at home and he's left alone momentarily he freaks out.  He also gets upset if you leave his room before he's asleep at night which means one of us has to stand in his room until he falls asleep.  We're hoping that he'll grow out of this as I don't want to have to spend the rest of my life standing next to his bed waiting for him to doze off.

LP Goes to Harvard by you.

10.  Other than the separation anxiety he's very easy going.  He's great in the car, is good with strangers and people he doesn't know that well, and rarely fusses or cries... Knock on wood that he stays this way!!  He's also either very goofy or very serious, there's not much in between!  It's so fun seeing his personality develop more and more over the months!

LP Goes to Harvard by you.

11.  Food.  He LOVES to eat and will happily eat anything we give him.  In the picture below he's quite happily gnawing on a piece of steak we gave him. 

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12.  His hair is getting blonder and blonder every day.  His eyes are still a mystery however- they can look green, blue, brown or hazel depending on what he's wearing!

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13.  He's been fighting his naps more and more each day as he really just wants to spend all day standing up and squirming around.  This usually results in a little impromptu nap at some point!

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