Bailey had a busy ninth month. He celebrated his first Hannukah and his first Christmas.
He went to his first birthday party. Shay was the first of our Bradley Method classmates to turn one! God, it feels like it was just last week that I climbed my big pregnant self up those two flights of stairs to attend our Tuesday night class with Judith and the other prego couples…he also attended my birthday bash at a Brazilian steakhouse. He loved being in the middle of the action and shoveled any type of food that we would lay down in front of him into his mouth. Oh yeah, Bailey is officially on finger food – avocado, sweet potato, mixed veggies, he’ll try anything. He does show particular preference for meatballs, blueberries and eggs. Hmm… now that I recall, I do remember eating a ton of burgers, blueberries and scrambled eggs when I was prego. Coincidence? I wonder.
Bailey also met his cousins (on both sides of the family) as well as a plethora of other family and friends back in Boston. He also got to meet his great grandpa Stan who will be celebrating his 100th birthday in just a few months. Bailey especially loved great grandpa’s bolo tie.
Physically, Bailey has gotten stronger and more agile on a daily basis. He is constantly pulling himself up to standing with anything he can get his hands on. He then sits back down and repeats the exercise – over and over. During his ninth month he became particular quick at the belly crawl. If we leave a baby gate open, he’s out of the gate before you can blink. And when the gates are closed, he stands up and shakes the gate. Oh yeah! and he has also crawled up the stairs (under supervision!). It’s super cute. He will get up one step, turn back and grin, and then continue on.
However, his main mode of transportation is the unique Bailey crawl – where he pulls with one elbow and pushes with one leg, dragging the rest of him along.
Psst. here’s a sneak peak of turning 10 months – he’s taken a few hands and knees crawling steps each day this week. He also will do a downward dog move as if he is contemplating crawling on his hands and feet or maybe even standing up on his own but then changes his mind and gets back down on to his knees.
Back to month 9: In the course of three days, he had FOUR, count em FOUR top teeth come in. That was a rough couple of nights for all of us. It’s amazing how quickly a change can happen. On day one, his top middle right tooth broke through the gum line. The next day, the three surrounding teeth had broken through the gum line. On day three, the first tooth was noticeable longer. Can you imagine your tooth growing an eighth of an inch over night? Actually, that sounds kind of horrifying to me. With liberal Baby Motrin, teething tablets and cuddles, we got through the “teeth spurt” and our nights are getting back to normal. And for those of you who want to know – he has not tried to bite me with those four new teeth. He does like to squeak them together and blow spit through them (not while nursing!).
In Bailey’s ninth month, he started to wave to people and clap his hands. His love for music has also become more pronounced. He will bob his head up and down to more energetic songs and sway his head side to side to slower tunes. If I pick up the remote and ask him if he wants to hear some music. He will smile at me and bop his head in anticipation. I then press Power, and once he catches the beat, he will adjust his moves to match. The best is when he gets on his hands and knees and does some serious head banging. He’s actually bonked his head by accident. Or sometimes, he’ll really swing his head back and forth a la Stevie Wonder when he’s feelin’ the soul.
Needless to say, he has also become more vocal. I sometimes think he is trying to say certain words like hi, hello, duck (for his duckie)…we even have a great video of gma green swearing that she just heard him say “flower”.