Madelyn had her 9 month well check at the Pediatrician on March 10th. I am just writing this now because the Plague infested our home for a better part of the month. We seem to all be completely healed (fingers crossed) so hopefully those nasty germs have moved on for good. That specific week that we went for her well check we were at the office three times. Three times. I might as well have just set up a bed there, camped out and handed over my credit card to charge to their hearts content. I can think of so many better ways to spend $90.
So anyways, at Madelyn's well check she weighed in at a whopping 19lbs 11oz (53%). Her length was 30 inches (98%) and head circumference at 17.5 (63%). So, she still seems to be a large gal growing at record speeds.
Teething continues. And continues. And continues. It's neeeeever eeeeeeeennnnnnding. The whole month of February and March have been a nightmare in the teething department with fighting naps, excessive drooling and early morning waking. Buuuuuut, finally this morning she popped tooth #8, slept until 6:30am (instead of getting up at 5:15/5:30am) and has gone down for two naps without too much of a fight. That's the good news. The bad news is that I can still see/feel two molars trying to make their way through. So, unfortunatly, there is no relief in sight.
Just within the last month or so she has started to pull herself to a standing position. Previously she was very cautious about it but recently she has gotten braver and will pull up on anything and everything and seems to have lost that fear and uneasiness about it. There are even indications that she may be looking to "cruise" pretty soon. Actually today she stood right up in the middle of the room and balanced for a second or two before bending back down. She wasn't even holding on to anything! Again, another indication that walking is in the not-so-distant future.
It's funny how their personalities become apparent right around this time. And, I tell you, we are going to have a feisty one on our hands. She has to be right in the middle of everything going on. Don't dare leave her out cause she will crawl right over and work her way on your lap or stand in your face. And better not try to take a toy away from her, cause she won't have it letting you know her frustration by her death grip on the toy or by her loud protest. She is also a lover, though, and lays her head on Mommy or Daddy's shoulder when you hold her. We are working on giving "kisses" in which it is usually an open mouth, slobbery kiss, but I'll take that any day! And when you enter the room she smiles, laughs and bolts for you to give her some love. It's so cute!
Kaiden is somewhat adjusting to his sister being more mobile and playful. It's still hard for him to continue to share toys or allow her to get close to him without freaking out. But there are definite tender moments when he will comfort her when she is crying, give her random hugs and kisses or ask, "Where baby go?" when he can't find her. My favorite moments are when he is running into another room and stops, turns around and says, "Elyn, (cause he can't say Madelyn) let's go, Elyn. Let's go!"
I continue to treasure each day, even the bad ones, because it all passes too quickly. I love watching the two of them grow up and change daily. Being a mom is truly the hardest and best job I have had or will ever have. But I love every single second of it and feel truly blessed to have two amazing kiddos!