So Grace is now 9 months old and has been ‘out’ almost as long as she was ‘in’ which is a crazy thought! I feel like the 9 months of her life have gone really quickly but at the same time, I can barely remember a time when our life didn’t include Grace.
It’s really interesting reflecting on the different phases of adjusting (ever adjusting!) to being a mum. I think the 4-6 month period was a real sweet spot of knowing what I was actually doing with Grace and having a good rhythm. Then 6-7 month hit with teething and solids and changes to her sleep and feeding patterns and it really threw me a lot more than I was expecting.
But the 8-9 month period has been a good resettling period for us and I really feel like we’ve settled back into a good (if different) routine/rhythm.
She’s such a gorgeous and delightful little girl, I really think she’s living up to her name. I feel like there are so many things I could say about her, I just don’t know where to start!
She’s getting so much better at being with other people. So far she’s only been away from me for two dinners I’ve had with my mum friends, but she will now let other people pick her up and is happy enough if I leave the room (most of the time) which is a definite improvement on her clinginess.
She absolutely adores her dad, and lights up as soon as he gets home from work. He gets her out of bed first thing in the morning so when she wakes up she calls out ‘dada, dada’. It’s so cute!
Speaking of talking, she says dada constantly as well as lots of variations – dada, dodo, doi-doi… She says bubba and occasionally will say mum but not too often yet! I’m looking forward to when she says mum more. She loves chatting away and making noises, including lots of high pitched squeals! She will yell and shout when she’s happy or excited and sometimes will laugh when she’s on the verge of crying – she’s a confusing girl.
She has lots of little friends from mothers group, and she will be in daycare with a few of them next year which will be lovely. I was worried how she would go in daycare, being such a reserved and cautious baby, but one of the mums from mothers group is starting a Family Daycare so she will have Grace two days a week. It’ll be so nice for Grace to be with someone she already knows.
She has four little teeth now, the top and bottom two, she looks so much older with her little teeth! I thought for sure that she was getting some more but the teething seems to have let up for now (thank goodness, teething sucks).
She still isn’t moving, but she is starting to get more frustrated about staying in one spot so I feel like she will start moving soon. She’s really good at sitting up now and she can lean over to the side to play with her toys and get onto her tummy but can’t get back up to sitting for the time being. I think she just needs a little more strength in her arms and she’ll be unstoppable!
She was terribly unsettled at bedtime for a few weeks around 7 months so a bit of a change to her bedtime routine has sorted that out and she’s back to sleeping at about 7pm! She usually has dinner at about 5.30pm followed by a bath. She loves her pre-bed bath, so much splashing!! She gets really excited about her bath and I love seeing her splashing about and playing with her toys. Plus it wears her out a bit more for bed! After her bath, she usually has a bit of nudey time (which she absolutely loves!) before having a feed and going to bed. It’s so nice having her in a better nighttime routine, although I’m hoping to push everything back by about half an hour when I’m back at work so I can get a little more time with her at night.
She wakes up pretty reliably at around 6.30am regardless of what time she goes to bed so we don’t need an alarm clock to wake up. Although a few times she has slept in and made Stu late for work!! For a while, during her horrible teething period, she was waking up during the night but thankfully she’s back to sleeping through. It’s funny how quickly you adjust to the amount of sleep you’re used to. I feel like the unexpected night wake ups throw me way more than the usual night wake ups I used to have when she was younger. Or I’m remembering it differently than it happened. Very possible.
She’s just such a delight to parent (most of the time… full disclosure that while I’m writing this she is having a little sook on her playmat) and I just love seeing her explore new things and learn new skills constantly. It’s amazing to watch her hold a new toy and turn it over in her hands to examine it closely. She also does this hilarious thing where she will tap her finger on things and use her finger to ‘stroke’ things to suss it out. She does it a lot with new food! Like she’s poking it to test whether it’s safe or not.
Just on food, I’m going to do a whole other post on what we do with Grace’s food because it’s such a big thing (and I had a request for a post on baby led weaning and how it works with Grace). But she is loving cheese, mini quiche, mandarin, broccoli and carrots right now. They’re definitely the things she will reach for first with the food on her tray.
Like I said, I could talk about my gorgeous little girl forever, but I think I’ll leave it there (lest you have to read too much more than this already long post!) Needless to say I’m loving being at home with Grace but I’m on the countdown to returning to work (in August) so I’m really soaking up every minute of the rest of my maternity leave.
And a late update: she clapped for the first time last night!! It was so cute, and Stu was home when it happened which was so good because he was sad about missing some of her ‘firsts’.
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