Monday, November 09, 2015

Genna is 9 months!

Holy smokes this girl is growing fast!

I would have loved to write last week, but I was super sick. I caught strep and had a fever that didn't give up without a fight. Then I woke up with the worst outbreak of fever blisters I've ever had. I joked that I wanted my spleen back. I am finally on the mend and thankful that no one else caught strep. Micah and Eden have colds. And that's the worst of it.

Genna won't go to the doctor until next week, so I don't know how much she weighs (a lot) or how tall she is (about average). She is one chunky monkey, though. I have an affectionate new nickname for her: Genny Pig.

Get it???

'Cause Mitch didn't. And since he's the comedian around here, I felt pretty defensive about my cute joke.

So if you didn't get it either, well, then I guess I'm not very good at puns. Genny Pig = Guinea Pig?


Well, try this one: What's brown and sticky?

A stick.

Did you laugh?

That was Mitch's joke. He has laughed about it for days. Maybe it's the strep. Maybe it got into my brain or something.

Ok...moving on now. Back to Genna. :)

Isn't she cute?

At 9 months, Genna

~has 4 teeth, 2 on top and 2 on bottom
~pulls herself up to stand and gets back down with no problems. She teases us by letting go for half a second or by standing with just one hand supporting herself.

~loves feeding herself...not that this^ was exactly what I meant. :) She can feed herself soft foods such as pears, cooked veggies, bananas, and the baby cereal "puffs" that are popular (and cost like $2/oz. Compared to regular Cheerios, which cost like $0.10/oz. This is robbery, Gerber! She likes Cheerios too.)

~won't eat more than 2-3 bites of baby foods. She begins to squirm and scream to get away. :( In these pictures I took yesterday, I went back to just plain rice cereal and I tried feeding her on her own turf, the ground. It was a much more positive experience. I also allowed her to explore and play with the cereal. Yeah, it was a mess, but she got way more inside her than we previously had been able to do. I also bought some "chunky" baby foods at the store to try. Maybe she will like the texture?

~learned to climb up stairs. She was so proud of herself when she climbed the stool in the bathroom. I'm watching her like a hawk!
~opens cabinet doors and drawers. Oh so fun!

~babbles happily, sometimes sounding like words. I can still get her to say "ma-ma" and she loves to blow raspberries. In fact, blowing raspberries is a very serious business. Get her started doing that, and you'll be hard pressed to get her doing anything else. :) I think I have a video somewhere.

There it is. Wow, google owns my life. If the video above doesn't work, you can find it by clicking here.

She was quiet and I wondered what she had gotten into. She found an abandoned pizza crust. :)

~loves nursing, but is easily distracted (8 months ago I wondered if we were going to make it nursing!)
~takes 2-3 naps/day, and sleeps in my bed most of the night. But I do lay her down in her crib as often as I can.
~is wary of strangers. She cries if I'm not close by and if I am holding her she buries her head in my chest. She's been doing this for a few months, but Eden reminded me that she also holds her arm straight out with her hand bent in front of her, sort of covering the stranger from her line of sight as if to say, "no more, go away." It's so cute and I'll have to get a picture of it if I can.

New this month:
~likes to suck on a pacifier. Holy wow, this could be a game changer!! So far she doesn't want that pacifier if she is sleepy at all, but I hope to win her over. ;)
~shakes her head back and forth like a crazy version of "no," but only when she's tired or upset. Usually she does it when I don't start nursing her fast enough.
~claps her hands. It's adorable.
~walks. Or so Caleb swears. He says she lost her hold of the couch (thanks to Obi) and she took "like 3 steps" toward him before falling to the ground. I said "no way. I'll believe it when I see it." I think that's how it goes. It doesn't count until Mom sees it?

Ok, my time is up!