Last year when I sat down to write goals for the year one of mine was to have a baby! Now Doodad is 9 months old and its amazing to think about all the goals he’s passed already. And looking ahead, this time next year I will have another toddler. My goals for Doodad over the next year are (I think) pretty typical and expected for an infant: start walking, start talking, and sleep through the night!
Doodad is a VERY attached baby. So much more than either of his older brothers. I spent the majority of the day holding Doodad. He just started crawling this past week. I was hoping that crawling would give him the freedom to explore the world on his own, but its more like having a puppy that follows me around the house. I hope to foster a sense of independence in Doodad where he will feel comfortable playing by himself, both with me or the big boys in the room and alone.
At Doodad’s 9 month check up the pediatrician informed me that I have a tall, skinny baby. No surprise there! Doodad is 16 and a half pounds which puts him at the very bottom of the weight charts. The pediatrician was a bit concerned that his weight gain is so slow, but he’s following the same pattern as Bebop (who wasn’t even on the weight chart for most of his first year). Doodad is very active, hit all his developmental milestones and has regular wet and dirty diapers, so I’m not at all worried about his low weight.
We started Doodad’s 9 month photo shoot outside in front of our garden beds. He was so distracted that I could barely get him to look at the camera.
When I turned him sideways, the corn tickled Doodad’s face helping me capture one of my favorite smiles. (side note – are they called corn leaves? Or corn blades since corn is a type of grass?)
I tried taking pictures in various flower beds around the house and Doodad just kept eating things. If I called his name I would get a great annoyed face but didn’t capture it on camera. It’s almost like he’s saying, “What do you expect mom? You put me in the dirt and want me to not eat it?”
I really wish this picture had a sound track with it. I put Doodad down in the grass and he looked at it, then at me, then made this face and started grunting and babbling. It lasted a good five minutes and I’m sure was some kind of commentary on the texture of the grass.
This is my favorite picture of the month. It perfectly captures both the beautiful weather we’ve had and Doodad’s newest trick of crawling.