Jack Emmett 9 Months Old

9 months in, 9 months out!  Oh the changes that take place in just 9 short months.  I cannot even begin to explain the joy and fun this handsome little boy brings to our lives, but let me try ;)
He is always smiling and laughing.  He has a zest for life and exploring his surroundings that is contagious.  It is so amazing seeing the world through your inquisitive little eyes.  He loves everyone, especially little kids (good thing we have an abundance of cousins around for entertainment). He really is all around the happiest baby and it is impossible not to smile and laugh back at him.
Happy 9 months my little love!
Official Stats
Weight: 21.5 pounds
Length: 29 inches
Clothing: size 12/18m
Diapers: size 4
Shoes: size 3, but I don't think they will last much longer 

Favorite things:
At the top of the list has to be the vacuum cleaner.  He can be across the house and hear my turn it on and he comes racing in at record speed to get it.  He will get right on top of it and bat at it and laugh.  I have never seen anything quite like it.  I don't understand the fascination, but it is pretty funny.  It  also means I cannot vacuum without holding him or I risk the chance of taking off one of those cute, chubby fingers.
He loves to pull up and stand on everything he can.  It doesn't take much, just a wall or toy or anything  slightly raised off the floor.  Olivia's favorite toy was her walker and I can't wait for him to start cruising around with one too.
Swinging.  We have been spending so much time out side lately with the beautiful weather and he is so happy just hanging out in his swing.

Meal time:
He is eating so great right now.  Still eating mostly what we eat, but he has started letting me feed him a little baby food here and there as well.  His favorite foods are spaghetti, blue berries, bananas, pizza and gerber yogurt melts.  He tears those up every time!  He eats his veggies good too and I try to make sure he has at least one with lunch and dinner.  We are all about the fruit and waffles for breakfast, just like big sis.

It is so funny how differently I view this subject this time around.  I read several books and scoured the internet trying to figure out when Olivia would sleep through the night and all about what schedule I should keep her on, heaven forbid we miss a nap.  This time I let him settle into his own routine and he is such a great sleeper.  I think some kids just are and we got lucky with him. His typical schedule is waking around 7:30/8, nap around 9/9:30 for 2 hours, another nap around 1/2 for another 2 plus hours then bedtime at 7:30 if I can stretch him that far.  A lot of nights he goes down at 7pm because he is just beat.  He still wakes up around 3 for a bottle and goes right back to sleep.  To be perfectly honest, I don't mind it one bit.  I really enjoy our time together when it is quiet and he is still and lets me hold him and snuggle him close.  Those are the moments I know will be gone far too fast and that makes me want to savor them while I can.

New tricks:
He finally started saying Mama a few weeks ago and I never get tired of hearing it.  It really is the sweetest sound to hear as a mom and it reminds me of how excited I was the first time Olivia said it.  Now, I hear it a thousand times a day from her and experiencing all of these firsts with him takes me back and really helps me appreciate it even more.
Playing peek-a-boo.  This has been his favorite game for a while, but he plays by himself now, which is just too cute.  He puts his chubby hands over his face and holds them there until you say, where's Jack, he rips them down and giggles so big.  He also loves to do it with blankets, his clothes and he even grabs his clean diaper when I am changing him to cover up with.
Cruising.  He is just starting to take little steps and make his way around while standing.  Just one step closer to walking.  I am not a fan of the crawling stage.  He wants down every where we go and of course I can't put him down all the time.  If he is going to be mobile I would prefer he just walk.  Hopefully it won't be too much longer now!

He has started laying his head on my shoulder when someone new talks to him and it absolutely melts me.  He smiles and acts like he is going to be shy for a minute, it's the cutest thing ever.
He is such a great traveler.  He rides great in the car with no need for a dvd player or any entertainment besides his sissy.  He will fall asleep if we go anywhere over 20 minutes even if he has just had a nap.  I am hoping that is good news for beach trips this summer.

He loves to be strapped on to me in the Ergo baby carrier too.  I always use it when we go shopping.  It helps him from touching germs and really does it get any better than a wearable hug??  I love that I can just give him a squeeze whenever I want and kiss his sweet head.  I may be carrying him until his 10 and his feet drag the ground.

The older Jack gets the more he can interact with Olivia and she cannot get enough of him.  She loves playing with him and is so sweet for the most part.  She brings him toys and entertains him while I try to cook or get ready.  She sings and dances for him and he just stares at her with the biggest grin.  They are the sweetest in the car.  She loves to make him laugh.  They talk back and forth the whole time we ride.  It is so amazing seeing their relationship grow.  Watching them love each other is one of my very favorite things about being a mom.
I have to brag on this little beauty too.  She loves her brother with all her little heart and he is so lucky to have a big sis like her.  She is full of sass and just as sugary sweet as she is feisty.  I love that she wants to put on her princess attire the minute she wakes up, but plays her heart out outside running and climbing on everything.  I cannot believe she is almost three years old, let's not talk about that now or I will cry.  For now, she is just my sweet little two year old ;)
Happy 9 months to the sweetest boy there ever was!!  I love you so much!!!

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