Tuesday, July 24, 2012

letters to duke - 9 months

July 22, 2012

Dear Duke,

I must say, 9 months is a really fun age.  You are turning into a little boy with so much personality and I can hardly stand it!  You've started saying "na-na," "ma-ma," and "da-da."  Of course, you have no idea what those words mean right now.  I can't wait until you do though!  You do lots of funny things with your tongue, make "ooo" shapes with your lips, give high fives, and breathe in and out of your nose like crazy!

You went to the doctor today and it was all good news.  You weigh 18 lbs. 14 oz. (50th percentile - the best so far!) and you are 29 1/2 in. long (95th percentile).  You are a healthy baby boy!

You're eating 5 times a day, 3 of which are supplemented with fruits, veggies, rice cereal, and meat.  You nurse for around 8-12 minutes.  We've started just mashing up cooked veggies and fruits for you, which you enjoy much more than baby food.  Figuring out what exactly you want to eat and what you can eat has been tricky.  You haven't mastered your finger/thumb skills at picking up and putting things in your mouth, but you have done it a few times.  You love eating the Gerber Graduate snacks and more finger foods are in your near future!  You've also learned to actually drink the juice from your sippy cup.

You love to hold both hands out while I clap my hand inside of them, going back and forth.  When you play with your toys, you are focused and your mouth is wide open.  You want to play with everything. You also have discovered that you can pull up.  You can do it by yourself, but I still like to stay nearby.

You got your second tooth on June 27th, right after turning 8 months.  And, as of a couple of days ago, I started feeling a couple of teeth on the top poking through.  They're just popping up like crazy!  Your Uncle Mark is halfway through dental school right now at OU. (Yes, you're a Sooner at heart.  Don't tell dad.)  He can't wait to be your dentist!

You have become a little fish in the bath.  You want to crawl, kick, pull up, stand, and roll.  And you splash while doing all of that.  This makes it a very interesting bath time for your mama!

I try not to have the TV on a whole lot, but I have discovered that you love Dora the Explorer.  When the backpack song and the map song come on, you get the biggest grin on your face.

You LOVE nap time.  (Well, morning and afternoon nap time.  You're not such a huge fan of that third nap some of the time.)  When we put you in your crib you smile, giggle, roll around, and snuggle up next to your bumper.  Your morning nap is 2-2.5 hours, afternoon nap is 1.5-2 hours, and your cat nap is around 30 minutes to an hour.  Waketime before the first two naps is still 1.5 hours.  You're sleeping 11-11.5 hours at night.

When your dad comes home from work, you immediately start whining, crawling towards him, and reaching your hands out for him to grab you.  This melts your dad's heart.  He loves coming home to see you.  One day, you put your head on his shoulder and just stayed there for awhile.  Your dad said to me, "That's enough for the rest of my life."

I love the way you look at me and respond to my facial expressions.  I love your sweet blonde head and your hairline.  I love how sometimes when you wake up, you'll lay your head on my shoulder.  I love how you'll pull away from me while nursing just so you can look at me and smile or giggle.  I love how you give big, aggressive, open mouth kisses on my face.  I love how you wake up from naps and talk to yourself.  I love everything about you.  My heart is so connected with yours, Duke.  I love you forever.



  1. Claire he is getting SO BIG! I love reading these an seeing what he's up to. We need to let him and Lucy meet and play!

    1. I know, I can't believe it! And, yes, they need to play! I'd love to catch up with you guys anyway. :)


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