Damian: Nine Months

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Dear Damo,

You have now been alive outside my tummy just as long as you were alive inside. It’s crazy how much faster time has flown by since you’ve arrived. You are now STANDING on your own for a few seconds at a time. I haven’t even begun to think about what I’m going to do once you take off walking. I’m going to have to do a little more childproofing, that’s for sure. You already love to be on-the-go, pushing your little lawnmower toy around the whole house. You’ve also said your first word- “Eva” (You say mama and dada all day long but I don’t really consider those words). I’m not surprised you’ve already learned your sister’s name. You probably hear me saying it all day long. Plus, you love your big sister. She can be a little bossy at times, and she likes to steal your toys, but you two play so well together when I pretend I’m not paying attention. Sometimes I hear you two just giggling and giggling non-stop. She likes to tickle you, have tea parties with you, play some “rescue” game she made up… It’s so adorable and it warms my heart. You’re such a big boy. We’ll be heading to the doctor’s in a couple of hours to get your stats, but you’re already wearing 12-month clothing and people always think you’re older than you are. You love to eat and won’t refuse anything but actual baby food. You want the “good stuff” now, and insist on feeding yourself. I can pretty much give you whatever I’m eating and I’m no longer worried about you choking (any more than I should be, I mean).  You have one tooth and another on the way. I can tell they’ve been bothering you. You’ve been waking two or three times a night which has been pretty exhausting for all of us. You love going for walks outside and looking at all the birds. You love our cat, Selena, and spend a lot of time chasing her around the house. You also try to eat her food, which is why I need to look into more baby gates. I still wear you on my back for a couple of hours every day, especially around nap time. You’ve been transitioning from three naps to two naps for a while now, and I think we’re getting closer to two naps a day.

Things you love: Food. Birds. Sand. Assisted Walking. Blowing Raspberries. Chatting.

Things you hate: Having your toys stolen by your sister. Baby Gates. Baby Food.

It has been an amazing, tiring, difficult-at-times, but fun nine months. I can’t believe I’ll be planning your FIRST BIRTHDAY soon. I love you so much my little Damo. Thank you for being mine.

Love,
Mama

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