Nine months. 3/4 of a year. Two hundred and seventy days. She's been out longer than she was in. I'm still having a hard time believing that I am typing this. Her last single digit month. Ah...this getting close to one thing is not so easy on this mama's heart, but praise the Lord she is healthy and growing! Anyways...Londyn Grace is nine months old today! She spent this month growing like a weed (a very pretty weed!) weighing in at 16 pounds 13 ounces and measuring 27 inches long. After gaining slowly for the first several months, she is really catching up! This is the first time she has worn the clothing size that corresponds with her age. She is wearing all 6-9 month dresses and 9 month onesies. So many times, I've pulled something out of the closet thinking this is way too big only for it to fit!! This month was full of firsts! LG went on her first vacation which meant taking her first airplane ride! She was an awesome traveler! She also put her toes in the sand and surf for the first time! She collected her first shells and went on her first boat ride! Back in Jersey, she bounced on a trampoline with Mama's help! She really liked it! Just yesterday, she got to meet her cousin, Andrew, who is just two months older than her, and cousin, Caroline who were visiting Maryland from Georgia! (Andrew's mom, Amanda, was a HUGE help to us in our early days of nursing!) Sweet Londyn girl learned to clap her hands and give kisses this month! She doesn't give kisses very often so we soak up the lovin' when she does! She also learned how to "sing" in church! Whenever we are singing congregational songs, she joins in! It is so
precious! This pastMonday, she helped Daddy celebrate at his 30th birthday party! His present also came with a gift for her! We are going to enjoy biking together as a family! The bike trailer is a perfect place for her to ride! Her little helmet even has owls on it! We have had a bit of a sleep regression this month. She is fighting naps and bedtime lately, not wanting to be rocked but not wanting to be put down. She is still taking 2-3 naps it just takes longer to get her down unless she falls asleep in her carseat while we are out and about. She is still starting the night in the crib, but waking up once. I am still bringing her to bed after that because I like her with us and sleep better with her near! Nursing is still going great! Praise the Lord!!! Our pediatrician is pleased with her growth and said she can start trying things from our plates at dinner just to expose her to new textures and flavors. She has tried broccoli, black beans, potato, tiny bites of bagel and muffin and a few other things. Mamal's milk is still her main food source, though. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have made it this far! Goose is still friendly at church and will usually go to anyone as long as I'm not in her line of sight. The separation anxiety thing is in full force though! She is always wanting Mama! (I don't mind!) She still hasn't figured out the crawling thing, still lots of rocking on her hands and knees. Poor Lovey gets so frustrated that she can't get around like she wants to! She is pulling up a lot more lately, especially in her crib. She loves to stand with the help of one of her walker toys. She also loves to climb on Mama and Daddy!
She has a fascination with faces, especially noses! It is too funny! She still loves little kids! We have started to see a bit more of her temper and strong willed side. This is something I feel so unprepared for, but am asking the Lord for help to teach and train her in His ways! We fall more in love with her every day and praise Him for the precious gift of our sweet Londyn Grace! Even though this growing up stuff is tough on me! Goosey, What a wonderful nine months we've had! Next to our salvation, you are our most precious gift! Your smile lights up our days and your laugh is the sweetest sound we've ever heard! It's so hard to believe you've been with us for nine months now while at the same time it's hard to recall what life was like without you! We can't wait to see what the coming weeks hold and are especially looking forward to your dedication at the end of the month. We pray that your physical beauty (and you sure are beautiful!) will shy in comparison to your spiritual beauty and that you will fall in love with Jesus at an early age! I could go on and on about how much we love you! You are indeed our pride and joy! Keep growing, Lovey Lou! We will be watching with tears in our eyes and thankfulness in our hearts! Love, Mama and Daddy