Ariana is now nine months old! I would probably be crying in the corner if she wasn't so much fun and following me everywhere these days. She does a great army crawl that looks stealth as she sneaks up on her big sisters and pounces on top of whatever game they are playing. Ha! Then they yell, "Oh No, ARI!!!" It's pretty hilarious. I keep telling her she is going to start getting the door slammed in her face if she doesn't play nice. She is a very happy, wiggly and determined nine month old and for that we are SO grateful.
She continues to be a great eater and sleeper and smiles all day long. She takes two naps a day and sleeps about twelve hours at night. Now that she can move she likes to follow us around and beg for attention. She hasn't met much food she doesn't like as long as she can feed herself. The few times I have tried to feed her a puree with a spoon, she smacks it out of my hand fast. Smart girl does realzie that she needs help to eat oatmeal and applesauce, but those are the only things she will let me feed her. Her favorite foods are any kind of meat (steak, lamb, pork, chicken, hot dog), grilled cheese sandwich, strawberries and eggs. We are constantly surprised at how much she eats and often end up offering her the leftovers off of her sisters' plates.
Her whole face lights up anytime anyone reads her a book. Lexi and Zara have some of the baby board book memorized and read those to her too. She also loves "itsy bity spider" and any other songs that we sing to her! She play with all her toys, likes to jump in the jumperoo and hangs out in the exersaucer too.
After a long journey to have this sweet baby girl along with the traumatic birth experience, we are more and more feeling like she is meant to be the baby of the family. Of course that could change, but we have started passing along our baby gear that we are done with and every day I am trying to savor these fleeting days of baby. Someone told me that "babies just don't keep" and that is so true.
Birth: 6 lbs 12 oz | 18.25"
2 months: 10 lbs 10 oz | 23"
4 months: 13 lbs 10 oz | 25.25"
6 months: 14 lbs 14 oz | 26.75"
9 months: 17 lbs 11 oz (41st percentile) | 28.5" (82nd percentile)