Lucy is developing right along! And she’s a mover and a shaker, folks! At her 9-month checkup she weighed 18 lbs and was 27″ long. I say “was” because her appointment was almost 3 weeks ago! My how time flies! I think I have less time to post on the blog because this girl is constantly in motion! She’s an excellent crawler now, and pulls up to standing using any surface for support. She also loves to climb! Remember that sweet vibrating chair she used as a newborn? She can now scale that like it’s a mole hill. Whit has become Papa Hill and I, Mt Maman. Her new favorite game is to chase a ball around the house. She is also babbling away! Loud, soft, high, low ba-ma-da-da-da’s now fill the house. Whit and I are enjoying every minute. Cheesy mom-ness coming on right now, but I am so thankful for every day. Picking her up from daycare is the best part of my day by far, and I can never get there soon enough! There’s a cheesy country song out right now that always seems to come on when I’m racing to pick up my girl. It’s called Time is Love… Time is love/Gotta run/Love to hang longer but I’ve got someone/Who waits, waits for me/And right now she’s where I need to be/Time is love… Cheesy? YES. Exactly how I feel? Yes!
Lucy and I flew. On a plane. Without daddy! To some people this may be old hat, but for us it was our first time trying any such feat. Thankfully, all went well. But I think I prepared as much for this trip as I did for natural childbirth! The amount of time I spent thinking about how I would pack everything, what Lu would eat on the plane, how I would nurse on the plane (eek!) and how we’d get from the airport to the hotel, is embarrassing to admit. Side note: I took a personality test a while back. Apparently I find security through preparation. Case. In. Point. Anyway, we did it! And we managed to fly with one small suitcase (including my pump!) and one diaper bag. Here we are, ready to get our pat-down on!
Security at both airports went surprisingly smoothly. They did not make me unhook Lucy from her pouch, and they didn’t do anything weird like make me drink from the back-up bottle of pumped milk I brought (thank heavens). Overall, everyone was really accommodating!
On the plane, Lucy turned out to be an old pro. She nursed through takeoff and played nicely in my lap. I had brought several non-toy items that kept her interest far longer than any of her actual baby items (a bottle of sunscreen with a colorful label goes a LONG way). And I packed tiny sticks of kiwi and strawberries. They took forever for her to eat!
Once we arrived, Granny Beth and Pap were waiting to pick us up! They are saints. They drove 1,000 miles just to hang with Lucy for the weekend while I attended the wedding events. LuLu, you are loved! They had also already arrived the night before, gotten our hotel rooms, brought a borrowed car seat and toys with them, and even had organic veggies and eggs for Lu to munch on! A.Ma.Zing. Lucy is such a lucky girl to have such awesome grandparents. All 6 of them are going to teach her so much.
Overall, the weekend was a blast. All of my preparations (and Granny Beth and Pap’s preparations) paid off! Lucy is becoming quite the little traveler. She became used to meeting new people and getting passed around to new friends. Keep it up, little happy baby!
Having an almost 9-month-old means fun and games! Some of Lucy’s favorites include towel-over-the-head and fort! The first is just how it sounds…toss a dish towel over Lucy’s head for major entertainment (for baby and adults). The second was newly discovered this morning. Out of desperation to get ready for work and watch my mobile baby, I found an old drawer filled with scarves. Endless fun for Lucy! I also threw in a few measuring cups and hid them in the scarves for her to find. Who needs actual toys? She also enjoyed standing up in her fort drawer – it won’t be long until she’s climbing out!