layla was 9 months in December. Stats:
18 lbs, 15.6 oz (slowing down, finally!)
She eats EVERYTHING, except meat. She LOVES just about everything too, which makes things easy on us, especially bananas, eggs, spaghetti, oatmeal, and cheerios. She still drinks mommy's milk, especially when she's sick, but is becoming less interested as more food gets put in front of her.
She can crawl like a speed-demon, 'cruises' around furniture and 'hops' from one piece to another (not without letting go), and loves to use her walker (one you push while walking).
She's recently started to really enjoy 'reading books', and going through all of our books too.
She is also very happy to entertain herself, which has been a dramatic change in our house. She will play with her own toys, or with the pots and pans, or 'cruise' around the kitchen, or do 'inventory' on the bottom drawers of her dresser (pull everything out and examine it all) - all while one of us is nearby but not necessarily involved. It gives us a chance to get housework done WHILE watching her, which has been great.
Although she continues to be a momma's girl, her momma has been sick a lot in December which means her daddy has been almost exclusively taking care of her - and she is starting to get used to, and like, all the stuff she does with him. Now when she sees her daddy get ready to give her a bath, or get the high chair out, she gets excited and heads over to him, and she is starting to let him know as much as me when she's ready for a nap.
As always, Layla is an excellent communicator and has been telling us quite clearly (sometimes with sign language!) when she's hungry, all done, ready for bed, wants to be cuddled, and wants something she's not supposed to have (which is often the best thing to have). Her newest thing is to clap - when she's happy (because you give her something she wants or someone she's excited about just came in the room), when you sing a good song (and she dances too!), or just to indicate 'yes!' (like when offer a banana).
Layla's excellent communication skills have earned her top marks at daycare.
Layla especially loves to get into the cabinet under the sink, and be NAUGHTY