I love how Elijah always invites himself into these photo shoots. He provides the props, as well. :)
Ellie is 9 (and a half by now) months old! She is chattering up a storm, making so many funny faces and sweet noises. She likes to have conversations with us, though no one has any idea what anyone else is talking about. Ellie has almost never met a stranger, just grinning from ear to ear at anyone who talks to her!
We've had a bit of a rough go of it for the last month or so with nighttime sleep and eating well and stuff. Ellie just has less of an appetite than I would like her to, so I am often trying to get her to eat more than she would like to! She is struggling with some constipation, but most of the solutions for that involve getting her to eat or drink things that she isn't always interesting in! She's been waking up and crying a lot at night lately. I've wondered about hunger or constipation pain or teething...
She loves to roll all over the floor wherever I put her down. She scoots backwards but can't quite get that forward motion going yet. She gets stuck under beds or chairs and I rescue her but then she gets right back there pretty quickly! :)
Ellie loves to laugh, especially at her big brother! Elijah is making lists of things he wants to teach her to do when she gets older (run, build block towers, say 'book'!) but they definitely already enjoy each other!
Ellie has evened out right around the 50th percentile in all her measurements. She was 70th until now, but apparently this is very normal for breastfed babies (the growth charts are made with formula fed babies in mind. Who knew there was a difference?). She weighed 18 lbs 14 oz at her 9 month doctor's appointment, and was 27 1/2 in long. When I weighed her at home at 8 months (with her clothes on, on a grown-up scale) she was about 9 lbs 5 oz, so I wasn't thrilled with her weight this month, but with the difference in weighing methods and the normal timing of the plateau, I'm choosing not to be concerned. The doctor definitely wasn't, he said she looks very normal and is balanced in all her measurements, and heaven knows I already try constantly to get her to eat/drink more, there's not really anything else I can do anyway! :)
Ellie is such a joy. She is a bright light in our already sunshiny lives! :)