Nine months--both the shortest and longest period of my life! On the one hand, March seems like years ago. On the other hand, this time has gone by so quickly that parts of it are a blur, almost as if they passed by in my sleep and all that remains is a sweet dream memory.
This month's picture of Kate is not the most technically perfect (even by iPhone picture standards), but it does capture Kate exactly as she was in her ninth month--
Standing! (and very excited about that fact) Kate is a great stander. She didn't learn how to stand this month, but she has been working to perfect it. She pulls up on everything--furniture, strangers' legs, walls, she stands herself up in the middle of the room by herself--a sign of great core strength, we've been told, she even stands (with some success) on soft surfaces like our bed and the couch. While she doesn't stand for long periods of time, she has started to perfect what we call the 'baby squat'. After standing for a few moments, she will drop down to a squat or crouch for a second, then stand back up. It's insanely cute, and I am sure that our unencumbered enthusiasm each time she performs this skill explains her own enthusiasm for practicing it.
Kate continues to grow along her own curve, adding almost another pound this month (she is nearly 19 pounds now) and measures 28 inches tall. She uses the words mama and dada (sometimes with intention) and babbles a great deal, too. She is learning to ring handbells, and still enjoys her weekly music class (though we missed a couple weeks due to Thanksgiving and mama's work schedule). Here is Kate in her nine-month progression (months one through four on the left and five through eight on the right).