9th and 10th month


I am a slacker and missed posting about her 9th and 10th month.  Actually, we’ve been really busy enjoying the end of the summer, which means we’ve been running around and not at home quite as much.

Rachel has been quite busy growing and learning.  She has learned to crawl fast, climb, and get into everything; pull up; free stand; give up bottles; clap;  point; sign more and all done and play peekaboo.  Her hair is long enough that I can get it into a pigtail here and there (she hates it) and her last growth spurt seems to have been entirely in her feet.  She went from not being able to wear her shoes because they were all too big to not being able to wear three pairs because they were all too small.

She has even started to done some beginning talking, which seems to involve milk (“mah”), dog (“dahg”), Sadie (“adie”), “pretty”, and all done (“ah da”).  We’re just starting to decipher all of it, and she doesn’t do it consistently yet.  She’s getting close and she gets really happy when we seem to figure out what she’s trying to say.  She’s a really good mimic (she copied Sam and I saying “Cock a Doodle, Doo”), so it is hard to tell what is her talking and her mimicking us.

Rae and I went with my mom to my cousins wedding in Wisconsin.  She was an awesome traveler and charmed everyone.  We all had a great time and she finally got to wear one of the beautiful party dresses that Nai Nai has been picking up for her.

At daycare, Rae has been having a lot of fun with the older kids.  Now that she is crawling and climbing, she gets to join them on the concourse and the play equipment out there.  Sadly, the big kids are transitioning out soon, so she will be the oldest.  Hopefully, she will transition into the tots room soon so she can have her big kids to play with again.

I don’t know if it is because she’s a second kid, but she really loves to play with older kids, especially Sam.  If he’s on the floor, she wants to be involved in what he’s doing.  I will often come into a room and find them giggling about something that I clearly don’t get.  She’s toughening up around him, too and will take her lumps (and dish them out).

We’ll have to cover her 11th month and her first birthday soon!  It is exciting and a little bitter sweet.

Finally, here’s some videos to catch you guys up


Pretty princess

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I went to a father’s day celebration at daycare the other day and got a nice snowglobe from rachel. It was wrapped and I make her a littler tiara from the pipe cleaner holding the wrapping paper together. She didn’t seem to mind too much.

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Smiles and Frowns

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Today Rachel completed her second week at daycare.  She’s taking to it like a duck to water.  The first few days were a bit tough and she cried the 2nd Monday as well but now she’s loving life there.  Apparently she really enjoys the buggy rides with the other babies and going to see the aquarium.  She’s also a big hit with Sam’s friends, who come over to her room and ask to see her.  She’s smiling at everyone and having a ball playing with all the new toys, an easel type toy with a mirror is her current fav.

Of course, all of that could be due to us drugging her up with Motrin all night.  She’s got about 4 teeth coming through right now so that’s a bit rough.

We tried to feed her some green beans last night and tonight.  The reaction was taste, taste again, and then frown.  Taste some more just to make sure it’s the same and then start a coughing fit to get it out of he mouth.  If we try to give her more, she turns her head and pretends to play with the chair or her finger or imaginary yummy food.  We have a few more jars of the stuff that we’ll mix with lots of applesauce, then we’re done with green beans.  This is the first thing she hasn’t liked yet.  Carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocado, apples, and spinach have all been approved so far.