Arthur turned 9 months yesterday as I turned 33. I had to read back over the last post at 6 months to figure out how many things have changed in those 3 months. Quite a lot, it turns out! Arthur is definitely sitting all by himself, when he is sitting, which is not very often. He seemed to adopt the bum-in-the-air crawl very early on and has not done knee crawling for any length of time that I can recall. At 8 months, his first front tooth came in on his left side and just a few days ago the partner finally cut all the way through (it had been bulging for three weeks or so).
So what else has he been working on? Well, he started clapping and making a hand gesture which vacillates between a wave and a "come here" a couple weeks ago. He's not saying mama very much anymore and a lot of the word-y sounds have gone (except for sometimes when he is playing with the phone). He does make a very cute shrieky-giggle sound when he wants to be chased. I'm thinking Arthur started standing and side-walking on furniture at around 7 months and he is starting to do those little bum bumps that make me think he's trying to get to standing position on his own.
Arthur loves to watch the squirrels and birds at the feeder while standing on the couch. He also loves to be just exactly where Elsie is playing which is both dangerous for him and irritating for Elsie. He used to love pulling Elsie's hair, too, but he's been getting better about not doing that. Martin's been emphasizing the importance of patting instead of pulling whenever Arthur makes a move to one of the cats, so perhaps that's helping with the hair pulling problem too. He seems to not be very intimidated by new people and only rarely has expressed stranger anxiety. The inconsolable crying if in a car seat anywhere near his bed time has remained, which means we try very hard to not be in a car with him in the evening. Arthur's current favorite toys are Camber's metal dishes (which often get spilled) and the Little People farm tractor which he likes to push and pull. Ah yes, and the Little People doll house with red buttons which produce a variety of songs and sounds. I almost forgot about his hobby of slapping the glass on the front door - this he does with abandon.
Arthur is still usually taking three naps: one 45 minute morning nap and two 60-90 minute naps during the rest of the day. This may be changing soon as he's recently had days with only two naps. Martin has been taking charge of him in the mornings as he wakes around 6:00 and I'm still eager to try to squeeze some more sleep in. They hang out for awhile in the living room, then get suited up for a walk into town (Martin usually buys a coffee). Everybody who goes to the coffee shop between 6:30 and 7:30 knows Arthur and greets him. I've experienced this only on the one day I decided to let Martin sleep in, so I know that this is the case. Martin's been getting some great early morning pictures of the locks and more recently the changing leaves. I get to sleep snuggled up to Elsie which is a fantastic way for me to feel like I still get the benefits of co-sleeping with her. She does have to say "Can we go downstairs?" a few times before I actually sit up and throw my legs over the side of the mattress. She's learned that I'm a slow one to rise.
We had a fantastic family moment in bed last night when we had finished jumping on the bed (because it was a birthday party after all). Martin and Elsie ended up sitting at the head of the bed and while I was trying to get Arthur's diaper on him he escaped my hold and excitedly crawled up to sit on Elsie's lap. She hugged him and didn't bite him and we all felt warm and cozy in our hearts. He does love Elsie, as much as a 9 month old can love anybody. What a strange relationship to be so entranced by somebody who is so dangerous. We know it won't always be that way and Elsie really is getting better about being gentle with him and controlling her urges to kick/push/bite him. I think we didn't have a second baby for ourselves as parents, but rather for our children as siblings, hoping that they would be friends to each other growing up and,eventually, in a world which will not contain ourselves.
Arthur's weight at 9 months - 23 lbs and 4 oz. (10.6 kg)
length at 9 months - 75 cm
Just about 9 months