At nine months, Nolan is...
* 21 lbs and 7 oz, 28" (though his daddy says he's really 29")
*funny, sweet, affectionate, a little bit obstinate, and loving
(Is that the funniest grin ever? Sometimes he'll talk out of the side of his mouth, ala Bill Murray in Caddyshack and he totally cracks me up.)
*becoming more and more of a boy and less of a baby. I have a friend who says you know your boy's not a baby any more when you stop wanting to eat his toes. Sorry, Nolie, but you have stinky toes:-) For whatever crazy reason, this just makes them more adorable to me.
*enjoying feeding himself, especially mashed potatoes and anything he sees his big brothers eating. The biscuits that were once SO exciting are now more of a dropping toy.
*playing...really playing now. I find it a little startling. It is so clear that he has intent and purpose in his play now---and wants something and not others. I guess it's been happening slowly over months that he no longer just wanted to put toys in his mouth.
*adored by his big brothers. When he wakes from a nap, I can't beat them to his crib. They live to make him laugh, and, for now it seems, he lives to demand whatever they are holding;-) There is a bit of arguing over their different interpretations of Nolan's baby talk. "Aaaa" is for Aidan, "Awww" is for Sean. But they of course hear every sound he makes as an "aww' or long "A".
*has two new teeth (or did they show up last month?)...without his front teeth, he has a bit of a vampire look going on.
The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of baking, shopping, card-writing, planning, and packing. I took these photos last week when he turned 9 months, and uploaded them before we left Utah...but haven't had a chance to post until now, from Illinois. Nolan has been fighting a bug, with a random fever over the last week, and there have been numerous moments when I thought to myself, this is why Christmas centers around the image of a infant: so that mothers who are overwhelmed with a mile-long to do list will put down whatever task is at hand and cuddle their babies, knowing there is no better way to celebrate this season.