Dear Lucille: Month Nine

Dear Lucille: Month Nine

Our sweet girl! Your eigth month was full of big mobility and personality developments. You have four teeth now, a taste for blackberries and a love for lift-the-flap books.

img_20170409_110456540

img_20170413_081200793

You are now very fast at “army crawling” – where you drag yourself around on your belly with your legs kicking behind you fruitlessly. It must be exhausting. You also do “planks” and a sort of “downward dog” movement. The baby gates and baby-proofed electrical outlets are getting their workout. You’re also fascinated with doors of all kinds.

img_20170419_164841737

With your new crawling, our leisurely mornings in bed have taken on an action movie flair. It was your singular goal for a couple weeks to crawl off the edge of the bed while I pumped. We did our best to prevent you, but one morning you dashed full-speed, Wile E. Coyote-style off the end, just an inch away from my grasp. I can still picture your two little feet disappearing over the edge. Thankfully, it is only about a foot off the ground and with a rug below. Despite your initial upset, you seemed to proudly carry the forehead lump the rest of the day.

img_20170426_094039924

You are getting good at pulling yourself up to stand.

img_20170501_180357474

You love to feed yourself now and are skilled at picking things up with your little puffy fingers. You have a strong preference for ripe blackberries and grilled corn tortillas. We end up with a lot of yogurt in your hair.

img_20170412_190414282

You also love sourdough garlic bread, which – along with baked beans, pit grilled tri-tip and pork ribs – constitute the “food of our people” in San Luis Obispo. You will eat a lot of these dishes at graduation parties, weddings and birthdays in the future.

img_20170415_183311209

You had your first real “baby illnesses” this month. One week where you had a high fever and it broke our hearts to feel your hot skin. And a second week where you broke out in an all-body rash straight out of a medieval textbook and had dark red circles around your eyes. You looked so terrible that we took you to the after-hours clinic at night convinced you were going to be quarantined with measles, but the doctor was wholly unconcerned and sent us back home where you recovered in a couple days.

img_20170412_075943869

Your top two teeth cut through in April, which you didn’t mind too much except for a couple painful nights.

img_20170419_091904811

You still sleep mostly with your arms behind your ears like a little boss. We do catch you sleeping in funny facedown positions or with your legs hanging out the side of your crib.

img_20170416_143445954

You have become a champion sleeper again, but occasionally get too amped up on crawling and have to be physically pinned down in order to fall asleep for a nap. Which means we often get to take a nap with you.

img_20170421_142348545

At the start of the month, we went to visit your grandparents in Fresno. You liked the rocking horse that your Aunt Skye painted. A bit scared of the horses and goats you met for the first time.

img_20170407_113121396

That trip was followed by a visit down to San Luis Obispo for Easter weekend. You were SO cute in your tights and bunny shoes…

img_20170416_144329183_top

…and your pretty spring dress and eyelet bunny ears.

img_20170416_145101486_top

The cutest spring chicken!

img_20170416_171530981_hdr

Back in San Francisco, it was time to volunteer and protest – like we do so many weekends. We made signs to support science with your Aunt Jean (biologist) and Jackie (epidemiologist)

img_20170422_115531352

You are getting too heavy for this ergo carrier at 20 lbs!

img_20170422_124313017

We also got to spend time with your baby friend, Joan, this month. You have just recently started being interested in other babies. It is so sweet when you crawl up to give a hug!

img_20170423_172710251

Less sweet when your fascination with eyes and teeth leads you to scratch at your beloveds’ faces.

img_20170425_172832696

Our daily routine is much the same still. I watch you in the mornings. We have breakfast together and get dressed. Often go for a walk and a coffee at the neighboring cafe. Your father takes the afternoon after the babysitter returns you from an adventure around the city. We have dinner together at the table and then we all go to bed early.

img_20170420_082458813

You are fun to dress up everyday!

img_20170425_083753410

We ended the month with a trip to a beach house at Pajaro Dunes. You loved getting to play with your cousins and reading books with your grandmother. Ev is maybe your biggest fan.

img_20170430_081519617

Your grandfather is right up there with Ev for thinking you are pretty great.

img_20170429_165605987

Eleanor likes you best when she gets to boss around the baby – especially putting your pacifier in your mouth and bringing you food. She likes you least when you crawl to her or try to play with something she has. She started the weekend with lots of asking for “space” but ended with a few instances of saying “more baby.” Progress.

img_20170430_095033740

You got to meet your namesake on this trip too, the famous tap-dancing, cruise-shipping Aunt Lucie:

img_20170430_194052881

How did we even survive this fatal cuteness of you in the flamingo bathing suit and sunhat?

img_20170430_100621405

You girls!

img_20170430_100755364

We are so lucky!

img_20170502_094139191

Next Post:
Previous Post:
This article was written by
Website: EmilyStyle

I'm an adventurer and founder of a brand strategy studio. I'm so lucky to work abroad for a couple months each year. Weekly dinner parties and picking what to wear when I'm at home in San Francisco. I love a tough challenge, email emilystyleblog@gmail.com to reach me.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Erin at 8:37 am

    I have to tell you how much I’ve loved these monthly updates! I found out I was pregnant right around the time your baby was born, so through my whole pregnancy I loved reading your posts to get an idea of what was in store for us in the coming months. Our baby, Beatrice, was born a few weeks ago… 🙂

    • MrsEm Author at 1:39 pm

      Congratulations on baby Beatrice! She’s gorgeous!

  2. katie at 9:53 am

    This is my VERY FAVORITE baby age…soak it up!