My dear Nathan,
Apologies for posting this a day late, son. Your mama was throwing her toe nails up on your 9 monthday. Better late than never though, right?9 months...this is such a fun age. It's the age where we can really start to see you learn new skills at a pretty fast rate. Just a few days ago, you started babbling in the cutest little baby boy voice ever. You have even repeated the word "Bye Bye" to us a few times...though you absolutely WILL NOT perform in front of others. It's kind of a "I'll do it when I feel like it" sort of thing.
You also started clapping a few days ago, and it is the cutest little uncoordinated clap I have ever seen. I love it. We have played many rounds of "Pat-a-cake" lately because of your new found skill. Another big thing you will do every once in a while is let go of whatever you are holding onto and stand by yourself for a second or two. You will be walking before we know it...I'm predicting that it will be around your first birthday.
You are still the smiliest little thing ever, and I just love that about you. You love your mama and daddy, but you also love to be around people you sometimes barely know. You smile at strangers and get everyone's attention where ever we go. I know I say this every month, but it still amazes me how friendly you are and continue to be...even through the quintessential separation anxiety stage. You are just such a sweet and loving little guy.Stat wise, you are 17 pounds 9 ounces and 27-3/4 inches long...pre-virus. You have 4 teeth on top and 2 on bottom, and you have recently learned that when you grind them against eachother, your mama screams in psychological pain. Listening to teeth grinding is like hearing fingernails on a chalk board...or hearing someone puke. Not good sounds, no.
You are such a boy that it's funny! We are starting to have to teach you what "Be gentle" means as we take your hand and slowly stroke our faces with it. As soon as we stop, you resume your boyish smacking against our cheeks and ripping our glasses off our faces. We're working on it. If you weren't so darn cute when you did it... You also like to scratch everything with your fingers in a curious way to try and figure out the texture. I love seeing you explore everything these days.
So 9 months Nafey boy. I can not believe that you are this old already, and before we know it, we will be celebrating your year birthday. Oh, do you bring so much light into our family! Happy 9 months, my son.