Our baby girl is 9 months old! Before she was even born Bart gave her the name Macs and for the first several months that is what we called her. But over the past few months she has turned into our little Mckenzie and that is the name that just fits her personality! Other nicknames include: Kenny, Kenzers, Mckenners, Baby Girl and Chubby.
Here are the things I really want to always remember about her right now:
Always crawling around and pulling herself up to stand on everything. If she is next to an object she tries to stand up next to it. She can now get to that thing she sees across the room and is much happier not being stuck in the same spot. Now that she is moving she is constantly bonking her head on something! Hopefully her little brain can handle it...
This kid will and does eat everything. I haven't found a food she doesn't like and I promise we have tried them all! All fruits, all veggies. stuff like fish, eggs, berries, cheese, oatmeal, rice, quinoa, oranges, zucchini, tortillas. I just give her some of whatever dinner we are having and she is in heaven. She will eat a lot of it too. I really am having a hard time knowing how much to feed her because she always seems interested. She is still drinking around 20-24 oz in formula a day but she definitely prefers to fill up on the good stuff. Watching her eat is still one of my favorite things. Now her chubby little fingers can pick things up and can easily eat peas, corn and cheerios no problem. We don't offer very many sweets, but she has eaten a few bites of cake, cookies and brownies. Honestly she shoves sweet potatoes and black berries in her mouth faster than anything else!
Squeals, grunts, sighs, blows raspberries. She still doesn't make as much noise as she did back in December (when she squealed and yelled non-stop) but she makes plenty of noise. Her little voice is so cute. No sound of anything resembling "mama" or "dada" yet but I'm not worried. She seems to be more focused on learning what her body can do than her voice. But once she does realize she can do something with her voice she will do it non stop for a few days (like blow raspberries or grunt) until she has mastered it.
This month has been a struggle with sleep. And when I say struggle I am only basing it on our previous months of sleep. She still sleeps through the night and goes down easy (most nights) so the "struggle" really isn't a big deal. It has been a learning curve for us though. She is transitioning to being able to stay awake for longer periods of time. So it's fun to be able to go out and not have to worry about nap time. The trouble comes when it's 3pm and she has been up for 3 hours and does need a nap but refuses to take one.
Ever since she learned to sit up from a laying down position her naps have not been easy. Like I said before, she gets stuck in the sitting up position and can't lay back down and sleep. It's funny and frustrating and I just have to remember that this is harder for her than it is for me and be patient. As long as she stays sleeping through the night I don't complain too much. We are no nonsense when it comes to night sleeping. Just last night she started crying around 4 am and after I went to make sure nothing was "wrong" I left and she cried for a little bit. Bart wanted to go get her but I don't let him. Night is for sleeping. No exceptions! Luckily she is on board with that idea and sleeps really well.
I love watching her play! We have baby proofed the house enough so I can let her just crawl around and explore without having to interfere. As I'm writing this she is pulling all the wipes out of the box. But ya know what? She is happy and she is learning so I'm not about to go over there and tell her to stop! I am pretty laid back that way and let her "get into things" all the time. The books at the bottom of our book shelf will probably not have any pages left in them, but that's why we put the textbooks at the bottom! I really believe a baby needs freedom to move and play on their own so they can learn what THEY want to learn, and not what MOM thinks is interesting. She loves balls and books. Those are probably her two favorite things right now.
I really could just write on and on about her at this stage. As my first baby I am obsessed with her and how she is growing and learning. It's so fun for me! She still sucks her thumb and every time she feels a soft blanket she will find her thumb like it's time to sleep. Then she realizes it isn't sleep time and stops. It's pretty cute. She is starting to have a little separation anxiety, but I wouldn't say it's too bad. She does start crawling over and reaching for me (which melts my heart) but I haven't seen her totally freak out in the arms of someone else yet. She is just such a happy easy going baby! Everyone loves her and she smiles and giggles at all the new people she meets.
I think as I look back on Mckenzie as a baby this is the time I'm going to remember. She is so curious, smart and determined. We love our goofy girl.