Current size - We didn't do a 9 month appointment but a recent urgent care visit (baby's first double ear infection, poor girl) showed her weight to be 20.5 lbs. She fits best in 12-18 months clothing. I think she is maybe a couple pounds less than Bella was at the time but probably around the same height as her big sis. Oliver was for sure bigger at this age, but he always was and is at the top of all the growth charts. Her head is huge, like the others, too. She is so delicious.
Hair- Is Awesome. She constantly develops little dreads in the back that I have to comb out with heaps of conditioner. I generally regard her hair as my lovey as it's very nice to pat given its springy ways.
New Skills - Waving (CUTE), scooting around in a seated position (but no crawling and cries if we try to get her to be in a crawl position), loves standing far more than sitting at this point, not interested in practicing steps with a walker yet (although Max reports some walking while pushing a chair this morning which is brand new). Possibly has some words? Hard to tell. Lots of vocal mimicking including Toonses' meows and also a siren noise which was hilarious to me.
Teeth - 3.1! The last upper tooth (so tooth 4) just poked through yesterday after an impressive 3 weeks of having a super bulging gum. It was kind of icky - her gum just kept stretching down as the tooth was coming in - it refused to cut through. So we started calling her "long in the gums."
Disposition - She wakes up happy to the point of belly laughing in the morning and after naps. She is fairly smiley at strangers, although she can be cautious and give a dead-pan "you are not amusing" face to some cooing adults. It takes her a bit to warm up to family members since we don't see them often, but after an hour she is usually happy to let others hold her. She is very attached to me and will often cry for me to hold her if I'm in the room. Our sitter and Max report her happily playing on her own and being in great spirits on the same days she is very challenging for me. I will walk in the room those days and she will start crying and fussing the second she sees me - in other words, she often saves the drama for mama. She gets easily frustrated about movement and physical stuff and is mad when she can't convince one of us to immediately bring her whatever she wants in her little paws (interestingly, Bella and Oliver automatically cater to her so much - she truly is the baby of the family!).Her sense of humor is developing and she tries to make us laugh which is so wonderful and one of my favorite parts of babies growing up.
Eating - Holy cannoli, she is the our best baby eater of all three (obviously this is all subject to change any minute, especially all the minutes between ages 2 and 4). We started solids later and very slowly (due to her not pooping more than once every two weeks) but once things fell into place she took off. She eats truly everything and gets really mad when I attempt to give her "baby" food (although a squeeze pouch is acceptable when she is starving and we are out of the house...as long as no one else has real food in her vicinity). She is a focused eater and has a great pincher grasp and - most importantly - chews so well. So I can dump a pile of spicy Indian food and spinach on her high chair tray and she will go to town feeding herself for the next 15 minutes. There has been more than one meal where she out-eats her older siblings. And being a third baby, I will say we have given her some things we would have never ever given Bella or Oliver at this point - Papa Johns pepperoni pizza on Friday comes to mind. She can also drink from a straw, bottle, sippy cup at this point.
Nursing - Not much of a comfort nurser and will push me away if I try to nurse when she is not hungry. Likes to rake her nails on me and pinch me while nursing. She consistently refused to take a bottle pretty much the whole time so the fact that she now will chow on solids has made it far easier for me to be separated from her. But I don't know if I have been away from her for more than 3 hours tops. The exclusive nursing thing was challenging but like most baby struggles, it passed with time.
Pooping - No pooping was a big big big problem forever and now it is mostly not. Her little system is very different from big brother and sister - just one of those genetic things that seems interesting to me given the kids all getting similar diets as babies (although Ollie had formula).
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Other - She has started to enjoy book reading which is precious to me (and I don't call things precious), LOVES water at the pool or in the tub, likes being held upside down, thinks swings are a blast and will laugh and laugh on them, delights in being tossed in the air, is always purposefully falling backwards from a standing position (we play trust circle on the regular...whether I want to or not), is a big fan of electrical outlets, she loves her lovie "Lambie" and Lambie is a nap and bedtime requirement- she is my first baby to take so completely and quickly to a lovie.
So that is our Lily in a nutshell. We all remain head over heels in love with her and Max and I talk about how we can see how the baby of the family can get babied for so long. She makes me so glad that we got the chance to have one more baby to love and enjoy.
PS - A few more pictures, because THIS BABY!