My girl is NINE months old!

Jenny Kate...Jenny Kate,

We have officially known you longer than we've known about you.  The funny thing is, somehow I can't remember much about life without you.  It's like you've always been there.  The only thing I can distinctly remember about life before you is that I definitely didn't have to run around as much.  You keep me on my toes!

You weigh around 16 pounds.  (We'll be at the doctor's office later today so I'll know for sure in a few hours.)  You're in a size 3 diaper, although we came across some size twos that still work...except at bedtime.  You aren't allowed to wear 2s to bed anymore because everything is soaked in the morning!  You're wearing size 6-9 month clothes, although you have a few 3-6 month things that will still fit.  You wear somewhere between a 2 and 3 sized shoe, but it's hard to tell since you won't keep them on at all.  You just wear the little shoe-socks everywhere you go, which I think are insanely adorable anyway.

I shamefully realize that I never did your eight month update, so this is a little two-in-one.  I'm sorry, girl.  I promise it isn't that I'm being totally slack because you're the second child, it's that you keep me THAT busy.  

I went back to work two evenings a week a couple of weeks ago.  Mamaw keeps you and Derrick for us one of those evenings when Daddy is working too.  She gets to do our nightly routine and when I got home one night she said, "Whew!  That is the busiest child I've ever seen in my life!"  :)  I only work for three hours and y'all had her WORN out!  I'm telling you, Jenny Kate!  You're our wild child! Ha!

You love to clap!

You are a super fast crawler!  You stomp those little hands down and book-it!  

You started pulling up right when you turned eight months old.  You are now a master cruiser and can get anywhere you want to go in the upright position as long as there's something to hold on to.  You're quick, too!

You can stand on your own for a couple of seconds.  You're not afraid to let go, either.  You practice all the time.

You still think your brother is the best and funniest thing EVER! 

You're a pretty good eater.  You take 2 eight ounce bottles and 2 6-ish ounce bottles a day.  You're eating three meals a day now and you enjoy snacking on puffs and most recently Cheerios.  I also caught you eating a goldfish the other day that Derrick insisted that you needed (even after constant reminders that he's not allowed to feed you ANYTHING).  You were doing a great job chewing it, but I'm pretty sure you're not ready to tackle goldfish just yet.  

You've decided in the last little bit that the TV cabinet is a great chew toy.  I'm not sure what possessed you to try it, but you like to pull up to the cabinet door and put the knob in your mouth.  I have to tell you, it's a little odd to turn around and see your daughter chewing on a cabinet knob.  We discourage it as much as possible, but you still manage to get a little chew on it every now and then.  

You have teeth!  Your two middle bottom teeth are poking through!  I swore you were teething about six months ago, but your little pearly whites are just now poking through.  

You fake laugh.

You're waving, but it's not the "typical" baby wave.  When someone waves at you you'll wave your whole arm around.  That gets you excited too, which usually results in both arms waving around.  

You're a happy girl!  You're very smiley and very social.  You love attention and give huge dimply smiles when people talk to you.

You're a mama's girl for sure.  You would be completely content with me holding you all the time.  Sometimes even when Daddy takes you from me you'll turn away and reach back for me.  He's not a big fan of that, but I'll take it.  I know you'll end up being a Daddy's girl, so I'll take what I can get for now.  :)

You babble a lot.  

Our favorite new thing of yours is that you give KISSES!  We were reading one night before bedtime and you leaned over toward Derrick's face with your mouth open.  We weren't 100% sure what you were doing, but we thought you were trying to kiss him.  Then a couple of nights later while I was rocking you you leaned in and gave me a huge WET open-mouthed kiss!  You thought it was so funny that I made a big deal about it and you did it over and over and kept laughing.  You don't kiss on demand though.  Just when you're in the mood, not when we want you to.  I love that the first person you kissed was Derrick!  I'll remind you of that in a few years when he's annoying you.  :)

Jenny Kate, before you were born I remember being worried that it wasn't possible to love two children as much as I loved one.  Boy was I wrong!  God knows exactly how much bigger to make a Mama's heart to love more babies.  I love the two of you more than I ever could have dreamed of.  You keep me busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  You're so funny, and silly, and happy.  I hope you keep that free spirit forever, sweet girl.  I can't wait to see you as a little girl, but I sure do love the baby you are right now.  I really wish I could push a slow-motion button so I could enjoy this stage even more.  

We love you, Jenny Kate.  To the moon.....and back!


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