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Cara Figlia - Incredible Baby

Cara mia bambina,

You are incredible! Next week, you will be 9 months old, and I'm so amazing at everything you've learned to do in those 9 months. Just in the past few days, I've realized that you have made a "magical leap forward" in terms of development (as talked about in the book The Wonder Weeks). Even your Grandma noticed, and she and I talked about it over the phone yesterday. You are able to do more with your body and with toys, and you are starting to entertain yourself more.

We are still at the edge of this 9-month fussy stage with separation anxiety. Your Grandma and I talked about that recently, too--how you don't want to be put down and are randomly fussy about things. I was thinking that it was your teething bothering you, and I'm sure it is, but you are also going through some very typical issues for a baby right at 9 months old.

I know that in just a little while longer, you will be through the fussy stage, and we can all revel in the new things you can do and the new ways in which you look at the world. We are starting to see it already.

You pick things up, examine them and decide what you want to do with them, which is usually put it in your mouth but sometimes you bang what you are holding against other things or put it in something else. And you are crawling around exploring everything. What is in here? What is that over there? What happens when I crawl under this? Can I get on top of that and balance there?

These sound like little things, but when I think about how far you've come, they really are amazing. You used to just lie there frustrated at the world that you couldn't touch or move around in, frustrated at your limitations and inability to grab or hold things the way you wanted. Your dad and I could see early that you were an active baby that wanted to MOVE and DO things. And now you are able to more and more.

I am in awe of you. And I look forward to seeing how you develop in the future.

Ti amo,


ImpostorMom said…
It's crazy how fast they grow. I love The Wonder Weeks too. It was awesome to actually see when Boog was going through those leaps. I found it at our library luckily.

Happy 9 months Pumpkin!
caramama said…
I actually found The Wonder Weeks at the library too! I can't afford what people are trying to sell it for these days, since it is out of print.

I know I'll have to give the book back to the library, but I just keep re-newing it for now. I really love reading it and going "Oh, now it makes so much sense!"
Great post :)

I just found you tonight.

Cynthia said…
Yes, 8-9 months old is the eating things stage! Eating books, eating paper, eating everything. Luckily we are past that now, it is a tad bit safer...

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