*Reese just started crawling last night, though I feel this needs a disclaimer. Reese is a very stubborn "know-it-all" child, she started getting around the living room at a very early age but as soon as she found that she could roll anywhere she wanted she was perfectly content doing that. She wasn't interested in finding a new way to get around because as far as she was concerned rolling was by far the best method out there. Then she discovered that she could just worm her way in an army low crawl and then she did that for over a month. She would get up on all fours but then drop down and worm across the floor, truth be told she was quite fast at it. Then finally last night she got on all fours and crawled across the room, I don't think it'll take her as long to decide that walking would be faster because she's already taking steps around the furniture, granted they are wobbly steps but steps non the less.
Reese is 9 months old, as of this past Sunday, and so I decided I would do blog of Reese stats and facts mainly to remind myself how much she has grown and changed.
*I took her to the dr. Tuesday for a 9 month weight check since they don't do 9 month checkups and in the past 3 months she had gained 1 lb and grown 2 in. putting her at 18 lbs and 29 ins. I was a little concerned that she had put on so little weight considering she eats more food than I've ever seen a kid her age eat. Apparently my genes are kicking in so we've added an extra meal to the day in order to try and help her pack some extra pounds on. (The picture is of Reese and her friend Lukas who is 7 weeks younger, about 4 lbs heavier and an inch or so shorter. I thought Luke was big but apparently my non weight gaining child is just thin)
*Speaking of food, Reese loves it but she especially loves cookies. I'm talking real homemade (or in our case buying the frozen dough from the bakery and baking them at home and considering them homemade) chocolate chip cookies that I pick out the chocolate chips from. She's only had cookies a handful of times but whenever she sees a cookie she gets soooo excited and starts reaching for it. We went to subway yesterday and after she ate her turkey sandwich and peaches I started giving her cookie and I swear she probably would've eaten 3 or 4 if I'd have let her. She had cake for the first time last night at Nate's birthday party and she loved that too.
*She sleeps 12 hours a night and then takes a 45 min nap in the morning and a 2 hour nap in the afternoon. I have no complaints about the amount of sleep I get, I guess she takes after her daddy in this way.
*She's always had good hand-eye coordination and has been a good self feeder for awhile, but when she tries to clap she looks hilarious. Her hands only occasionally make contact so they're really just waving past each other really quickly.
*She says hi and knows what it means...I think. Every time I get her up I say hi and wave to her and now when Nate gets home from work and says hi she says hi back to him. She also loves to talk, but her favorite way to talk is very loudly. We were at the bowling alley and she was chattering away and even in the noisy bowling alley with tons of people having lunch and talking, Reese was the loudest thing there, we kept having to shush her.
*She's a people person, she loves to wave at people and smile at them. She'll stare at anyone til she gets their attention and then she smiles and talks to them, she definetly needs to be the center of attention.
*She loves to swim. My friend Sarah and I take Reese and Lukas to the pool about once a week and Reese has so much fun. She likes to splash and to put her face and head in the water. Yesterday we were in the deep pool and I was holding her up while she swam to me and it was the most hilarious thing ever, she was doing her usual worm crawl but in the water. She looked like she was doing the butterfly with her arms and some kind of half frog half dolphin kick with her legs, but she was having fun and it was working for her.
*Reese LOVES Jaeger!! She tries to follow Jaeger wherever she goes, she's always trying to put Jaeger's toys in her mouth or trying to pet Jaeger or in general trying to do whatever Jaeger is doing. If Jaeger crawls up in to my lap then Reese thinks she needs to be in my lap, if Jaeger is laying on a pillow then Reese wants to be on the pillow.
*Finally, Reese is mischievous. She gets into anything and everything and now that she's figured out that she isn't stuck in the living room I fear it will only get worse. We put all the plastic kitchen stuff in the bottom cabinet for her to play with so that she thinks she's getting into things without really letting her get into things. In the living room she's constantly pulling the DVDs off the racks or trying to get the computer cords. I put her toys in bins and she likes that because now she can pull them all out as opposed to them already being out.
There's soooo much more that I could go into about Reese but she's up from her nap now so I should probably go get her before she figures out how to climb out of her crib.