Thursday, July 5, 2012

Nine Months!

Aminah is officially 9 months old today! She's been outside almost as long as she was in inside (what can I say, my babies like to cook for a full 42 weeks).

Aminah is 19 pounds of delicious. She started sitting up unsupported just before her 1/2 birthday and began crawling soon after. She is a funny little crawler, moving around with one leg up, but she's very quick. She has been reaching for food off of our plates since she was 3 months old and we finally started her having little bites at around 5 months. Now she eats anything and everything. Some of her favorites are lentils in tomato sauce, raspberries, scrambled egg yolks with cheese, spinach salad, miso soup, spaghetti, couscous, rice and beans, avocados and mangoes.

She is also sleeping through the night and sometimes we can even get her to spend a few hours in her crib. She is standing up, cruising and taking tentative steps. I think, like Miles, she'll be an early walker. She babbles a lot, but definitely seems to understand that I am mama, Daddy is dada and grandma (my mom) is baba.

She went on a serious nursing strike that lasted WEEKS but she seems to be regaining interest in nursing again, at least first thing in the morning and before naps and bedtime. I don't think this is a child who will be nursing, even part-time, well into toddlerhood, but we'll see. My son was always reaching into my blouse at this age and almost always had a hand on my breast, squeezing it if he needed comforting. Aminah really could not care less. I have to offer and remind her and even then she doesn't always take me up on it.

It's funny how different our nursing journey has been this time. I thought that getting Aminah's tongue tie clipped would mean that we would breastfeed easily for a few years, but it's been difficult anyway, just in different ways. This time I had tons of milk and a baby who settled into a textbook nursing routine and wasn't attached to my breast 24/7. But she's just not that interested in nursing anymore. My pumping output still sucks so I think, like Miles, she'll basically be getting formula during the day until she turns 1. But unlike Miles I don't think she'll run into my arms when I get home from work, snuggle with me on the couch and nurse happily.

So what's worse, the baby who won't let go or the baby who is just growing up too damn fast?


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