Dear Evelyn Morgan,
This month went by so fast! I swear, just last week, I did your 8 month update. A lot has happened for you this past month! Two major milestones hit and a major emergency! We actually had to take you to the emergency room after calling Poison Control. Our bathroom doesn’t have a medicine cabinet and I stupidly kept our medication under the sink. You learned how to open the door while I was in the shower. Unbeknownst to me, you started playing with the Ibuprofen. Apparently I didn’t tighten the lid on it. When I got out of the shower, there were a few pills around you and some white around your mouth. So, I called poison control. They said to take you to the ER. Justin came home from work to watch Rhys. They put you under observation for a few hours, then took your blood. The blood test showed no medication in your blood streams, so we guessed you didn’t actually swallow a pill, just spit up. We went home. Then a few hours later when daddy changed your diaper, there was a pill there…after we had changed it a few times before!!! MIRACLE!
Weight | 17 pounds 2 ounces (31st percentile)
Height | 28 inches (64th percentile)
Eat | You drink 4 bottles of 6-8 ounces. You continually tank it all. Typically you have a bottle right when you wake up, then when you go down for both naps and for bed. You have three meals and some snacks. You still love goldfish, cheerios, and yogurt bites. You also really love eating whatever we are eating rather than your own food. You are starting to dislike baby food and will only eat maybe half a serving before refusing bites. I can tell you are going to be a stubborn and picky eater.
Sleep | Daytime: You still have two naps, typically at 9 and 2. You sleep anywhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours. Sometimes it takes a while for you to go to sleep but typically, you do well now. Finally.
Nighttime: We put you down at 7 with a full bottle. Every now and then, you will wake up before Rhys falls asleep or before we go to bed. We’ll let you cry for a bit to see if you can settle yourself back down. Typically, you do. For the most part, you are sleeping through the night now. However, sometimes you will wake up at 5 am and be up for the day. We don’t appreciate that. Sigh. We’ll work on it.
Milestones | Movement: You are definitely cruising along furniture, sometimes even with one hand. Sometimes you will even move between pieces of furniture. Now you can stand up well. You love to stand up, but close to furniture. You have even taken a few steps! Holy cow! You just barely turned 9 months old last week, and are already trying to walk! I can’t believe it! You will be full-on walking by yourself by Halloween!
Communication: You have started to say “mama”…or a variation of it. You still haven’t caught on how to sign “more”, but you get excited when I sign it. You have learned how to be frustrated and you are very apparent with it. you will growl loudly and arch your back. It’s really cute, actually.
Playing: You love playing with the kitchen set, Mr. Potato Head, the toy car play area, and Rhys’s Legos. But, he doesn’t appreciate it when you mess up his Lego games…You love rolling balls around and chasing them. You also love to wrestle with Rhys and Mama.
Personality | You are definitely becoming a lot more active and curious. You still like to sit and watch, but you are more willing to go places and do something now. You are such a social girl and everyone loves you. We had lunch at Costco the other day and every one stopped to coo and aww at you. But, your independence and stubbornness is becoming more apparent.
- playing with Rhys and Mama
- yogurt bites
- being social
- cuddling, hugging
- being forced to eat
- getting stuck between/under furniture as you crawl
Evelyn, every day, I love you more and more. I can tell we will butt heads quite a bit, just as I did with my mom. But, I also know that we will be super close. Never stop cuddling me. Never stop giving everyone a big slobbery kiss and giant bear hug.
Love Mama and Daddy