I can’t believe it. Emmy has officially been outside of my belly longer than she was inside! And, much like my pregnancy did, these months have flown by. Here’s what’s happened during Emmy’s ninth month!
Our precious girl is becoming more and more independent each day, and I am blessed to watch her grow. She is crawling so well, and has started pulling up and standing up on her own or by balancing with someone (or something). I can’t believe how much she changed from a “young baby” to an “older baby” over night. She lost those extremely chubby cheeks and now has only “somewhat” chubby cheeks. ;) She has learned how to wave and say ByeBye like a pro!
Emmy thoroughly enjoyed her nine month photo session with the amazing Amanda of Millie Holloman Photography. Millie was there to help and make funny faces/silly noises, too. It was AWESOME to finally meet them! We traveled all the way to Wilmington for the shoot, which was the PERFECT excuse to enjoy one of our favorite cities! We stayed with Dustin’s sweet brother and sister-in-law, which is always a treat. After the shoot, we headed to Elijah’s on the water, where Dustin and I had our wedding reception three years ago. It was wonderful to take our beautiful little girl to the place where we enjoyed our first few hours as husband and wife, now as a family of three. :)
The majority of Emmy’s ninth month, I was on rotation in the emergency department. I was working crazy hours (2pm-12am, five days a week) and I missed my girl so much. We managed to get through it, though. She had her first awful cold just a few days into my rotation, and two nights in a row she was still up with her daddy when I got home around 12:30am. So I stayed up with her those nights and walked the halls until she drifted to sleep, several hours later. It reminded me of her days as a newborn, when I would stare at the clock and think “I HATE YOU, 4AM.” It seems to me, no one should be awake at 4am. And I was awake every morning at 4am until Emmy was about 10 weeks old. Then, like a light switch, she started sleeping through the night and I was able to sleep through the 4:00am hour once more. :)
I was off one full week this month and so Emmy and I got to spend a lot of time making up our moments apart during my ER rotation. We even went to Wilmington again, this time with Gigi and cousin Karis to have a girl’s trip with Aunt Joanna. It was such a great time and I loved seeing my little girl interacting with her big cousin and Aunt and Gigi. She loves them all so much!
Emmy also went with me to Campbell University on the last day of my week off for my very last Convocation, EVER!!! ALL of my classmates and faculty members gushed over how precious little Emmy was and she lovvvveeed the attention. She waved ByeBye to everyone, and it was so sweet! I was so proud of my darling little girl, and loved showing her off to everyone. She is such a blessing to me, and I can’t imagine my life without this girl! She is everything I could ever hope for and more. I had no idea I could love someone so much… :)
EM @ 9 Months
Weight: 22.5 lbs
Firsts: Emmy saw Elijah’s for the first time, and she enjoyed their famous crab dip. She loved it! She also got to see Uncle Drake and Aunt Joanna’s house for the first time. She loved eating yogurt for the first time, and we discovered she is quite the fun little shopping buddy. Emmy MOVED UP to the N2 nursery room (6months-1year), which was a BIG deal in our house! It was definitely a harder transition on mommy than Emmy… She is the youngest in her class now, but she is doing very well and keeping up with the big kids according to her teachers! This month we also organized her closet, which is a huge first for us! We have officially packed away all of her under 12months clothes!! :( But, it was necessary to finally get her room organized. Now she loves opening and closing her closet door and pulling her shoes out of their cubby. She is a SHOE GIRL for sure!
Sizes: Still in 12-18 months clothes. Diapers: Size 5
Likes: Shopping, trying new foods, and spending time in her bob strolling around outside. She could stroll and be content for HOURS. Emmy also really liked visiting Campbell. She was friendly, content, and enjoyed seeing everyone while mommy was in convocation. She was the best behaved 9 month old around!
Dislikes: Again, she is learning what she can and cannot do/have. She doesn’t like hearing NO!