Oh, this girl just keeps getting better and better! She is just so much fun! From the moment Abbi wakes up, she is a bundle of smiles an waves and claps and ENERGY! She is ever so tickled that she can crawl super duper fast and especially over her newfound ability to pull up on everything. And I mean EVERYTHING! The girls are constantly calling me in the room to see what new thing she is doing. This sweet babe even believes that she can stand up on her own two feet and cruise, but thankfully she never fusses when she inevitably plops down.
We have discovered that sweet Abbi has a temper this month because she is learning the word "no" and it just makes her so mad! Crawling opens up a world of possibilities and it is so frustrating when Mama makes her stop :) One day she sat in front of the open dishwasher and just stared and it and fussed and fussed because she knew I wouldn't let her climb on it. She also has a difficult time resisting temptation. Karis and I got the biggest kick out of her this week because she kept paying with my canning pot and scaring herself over and over. She would play with it until the lid fell off with a loud clang on our tile floor and then scream in fright at the loud noise until I moved it back to its place. then she would do it again and again. I finally had to move her away from the pot because she couldn't stop doing it no matter how much it scared her!
Last month I could keep her from eating every little speck on the floor by giving her the paci, but this month she quickly learned to pull it out so she can eat what she wants. It is a constant battle to keep my floor clean enough for her. Somehow she manages to find little pieces of trash or lint or bark or grass to put in her mouth even right after I vacuum. And she also throws her paci when I pick her up to nurse her. She yanks it out of her mouth and throws it across the room. I'm always amazed at the places I find it.
Abbi had a two or three week spell this month where she was just too busy to nurse! I finally had to break down and buy a nice pump and try to teach her how to drink out of a sippy cup because she would go 6 or 7 hours without eating! Thankfully, she has calmed down a bit now and I only end up pumping once or twice a week. And she hadn't lost any weight at her 9-month checkup -- she was almost 20 pounds! Thats a big 9-monther for me! My other two girls were down between the 5-15 percent in weight by this time, but Miss Abbi is holding steady at 75%.
Abbi has gotten quite talkative this month and loves to say Da-da! I still haven't heard her say Ma-ma, but she grins and laughs at me every time I try to get her to say it :) She loves to play with Daddy, especially peek-a-boo and hide and seek, but if she is tired and fussy or in a new situation, only Mama will do. I am ever so thankful for my Ergo and Beco because she is perfectly content to snuggle with me in them when we are out and about. But if I happen to forget my carrier, she wears.me.out! She wants to be down crawling everywhere every second! The only way to keep her in my arms is with the baby carrier.
Abbi loves to read now, especially books with flaps or different textures. Her favorite book is Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? We read it almost every day when she wakes up from her nap and she just laughs and laughs at all the different sounds. I love it!
Our awesome friend, Miranda, took some great pictures of my sweet Abbi this month and I am just so excited about them: