Charlie at Nine Months

Charles Davis... you are nine months old!
You turned nine months old last Saturday and I'm having a hard time believing it.  Not too much longer and we'll be planning your first birthday party!

Monthly pictures in your chair are no longer possible.  I attempted a few and quickly realized that I would not get any pictures of you posing with a smile and that it was very likely you would do a nose dive into the floor if I didn't have my hands on you.  We decided to move to the crib for pictures :)
You weigh about 19 pounds and are pure muscle!  You are wearing size 9 and 12 month clothes and wearing the last of the size 3 diapers we have.  You are taking 5 bottles a day and are eating baby food three times a day.  You are finally able to eat puffs without gagging but still don't have much of an interest in actual food.  You do not have any teeth yet but I'm thinking soon considering how much you are drooling!
You are happy, happy, happy and I love when we get notes from daycare saying how much you love to smile and laugh.  It's never easy leaving you all day but it helps when I know that you are doing so well and seem to be so loved by the ladies taking care of you.

You had another case of Hand Foot Mouth this past month and thankfully it wasn't anything near like the last time.  You actually had a low grade fever one Sunday and that Monday I had a call from school saying you had a few spots on your feet and around your chin.  A few other kids in your class had this and you picked it up as well.  It didn't seem to phase you though as you were all smiles as usual :)
This past month we had you baptized!  We had attempted a few months ago but due to your first and much more severe case of Hand Foot Mouth we put it off until August.  It was such a great day and we were so blessed to share this special day with family.
You have a new favorite game of peek-a-boo!  You love to hide behind the wall and pop your head out with the biggest grin.  You also love to play this with a blanket and you cover your face when we ask "Where's Charlie?!?"
You started crawling last month and this month you are cruising along the couch and coffee table. We have also caught you pulling away from the table and standing on your own for a few seconds. It's hard for me to believe but I think you'll be walking in the next 6 weeks or so.  You've even started climbing the stairs which scares me to death.  You are hitting these milestones too quickly for me but I know you are just trying to keep up with your big brother.
Bath time is a favorite of yours and you could stay in there forever  You love to splash around and laugh and you love it even more if Henry joins you.  The bathroom walls (and my clothes) are always soaked when we get you it.
You absolutely adore your big brother.  He loves to drive his Lightening McQueen car around the island and you love to chase him.  You are both giggling and squealing and it's so fun to watch you interact.  You are constantly trying to keep up with him and want to be right beside him at all times.
You have started noticing (more like chewing) books but your favorite toy is any type of ball.  You love to push a ball around the room and squeal as you crawl really fast to go get it.  They say you do this at daycare all day long and even push balls back and forth between another little boy.

I can't avoid the sleep update and unfortunately it's about the same as always.  Nothing consistent and sometimes you sleep through the night but not often.  You typically make it until 3 or 4 am and we will either give you a paci and rock you back to sleep or give you a bottle.  We can typically tell by your cry if you are hungry or not.  If you take a bottle you will normally sleep until 6:30 or 7 but if you sleep all night you're normally up for the day between 5 and 5:30.
Charlie boy, this has been such a great month and we love seeing your personality come out.  You have the best smile and are such a sweet, loving little baby.  Love you and looking forward to what's to come!

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