Parenting

My baby girl at 9 months!

Today we had A’s 9 month wellness check. Turns out our doctor is going on vacation starting tomorrow, so we rushed in to see him this afternoon.
For those of you who knew, A had a fever over Friday and Saturday. Well today I noticed a rash on her torso, which turns out to be either a heat rash from the fever or the after-effects of a virus (which would also cause the fever). The two swollen tooth buds where her front teeth will soon be says otherwise, but the end result is that she is just fine.

A now weighs approximately 7250 grams which is about 16 pounds. She is 28 inches long and has a head circumference of 17 inches. According to the WHO, that puts her in the 15th percentile for weight, just above the 50th percentile for height, and about the 50th percentile for head circumference. The Doctor says she’s gaining well and is great for her age.

With a little lesson taught by Auntie Mo and cousin B, A is now eating finger foods like a champ. She particularly enjoys mango, avocado and bananas. She’s still trying to figure out sweet potatoes. Interestingly, she also enjoys her Stage 2 baby foods, though makes an awful mess by blowing raspberries with a mouth full of food. She eats pretty much anything put in front of her, but loves peas and is a little hesitant about fruit; especially if it is sour.

Her doctor has given the go-ahead to let her eat anything but egg whites, saying that studies are suggesting starting foods earlier than later could prevent allergies. We will still take our time, but I am excited at introducing new things to her.

She has started to scoot around in circles while sitting, push herself backwards while laying down, and when on the bed or couch, wiggles and flips all over the place. She has a particular fondness for standing right now, so I imagine that once she gets a solid footing (she still loves to bounce) she’ll be running around in no time!

I think I have gone on long enough for one post (how can you stop a proud mama from talking about their baby?). Hopefully I won’t go as long between updates next time.

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