I never did a nine month update for my little Munchy! That’s what I call her. It’s short for munchkin, but it’s also because she has a tendency to nip. Mostly my shoulder. Anyway, nine month old Munchy!
She figured out how to crawl just at her nine month birthday. She still did the inchworm thing if she was in a hurry, but just a couple of weeks later, she never gets back down on her belly. Shortly thereafter, she figured out how to get herself back into a sitting position, and shortly after that, she figured out how to stand up and cruise along the furniture. Her balance is good enough that she can stand without holding on, but it scares her and she’s always paying attention to how good a grip I’ve got on her, ready to drop to her knees if I should let go. She’s had a busy two weeks!
Evie is also a great kisser, all open-mouthed and drooly, but she’s an aggressive little thing and it looks like she’s coming to eat you. Feels like it sometimes, too, but she’s just loving you that much.
Oh, and she eats like a horse. She loves any kind of meat and carrots, but she eats almost anything else now, too. Except apples. She still does not like apples. She’s on board with sweet potatoes now, though! She feeds herself most things, which is awesome for this mama who was getting a little tired of having someone else cut her meat.
She’s starting to sleep a little bit by herself. I can usually get half a night out of her, but she always wakes up once about a half hour after her first fall-asleep. If I just quietly nurse her again, she falls back asleep in a couple of minutes and stays asleep till somewhere around midnight. Then, she realizes that I am not right beside her, bellows her disapproval, and gets herself tucked into the big bed. After that, we won’t hear a peep out of her till 7 or 8AM.
And that’s our nine month old Evie!
About the photos: These were taken at the Louisville Science Center yesterday, with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens on a crop-sensor Canon Rebel t1i body. The lighting was low in most places, so I had the ISO set high, but these pictures were taken in a rather well lit area; I probably could have lowered it, but I didn’t think of it. If I had, the images wouldn’t be quite so grainy. I love the reflection of her hand in the water feature, but I kind of wish I’d framed her face a bit differently in the top photograph. Only half a face is interesting in its way, but, since we can’t see whatever it is she’s looking at anyway, I think I’d like this one a lot better if her little face filled more of the frame. Self-critique over.
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