For starters, I can’t believe my little girl has already surpassed the nine month mark! That being said, I’m also extremely excited to share her growth statistics!
When Lily was born, she was five pounds two ounces and during her first month of life was within the .23 percentile for growth. At her nine month checkup this week, she was up to 17.78 pounds and is now within the 43.52 percentile! Miss Lily is also up to 27 inches long which puts her up to the 25.07 percentile (up from 9.78% when she was only two months old). To see my baby girl growing so much and so quickly makes me happy and sad at the same time. Happy that she is growing, but sad to see time fly by so fast.
It is amazing to see what all our little miracle has accomplished in only nine months. Some of Her current milestones include:
- Holding her own bottle for the entire feeding
- Has said Daddah
- Can sit up almost unassisted
- Has started scooting, almost crawling, forward
- Started drinking from a straw (we are fortunate enough to have friends that are speech therapists that advised against sippy cups and instead advised straw drinking as it promotes tongue retraction)
- Will try to stand when you grab her hands and slightly lift up
- Has two bottom teeth and some top teeth that are starting to come in (not sure if this is a milestone..but hey…why not:)
- Responds to our voices very quickly
- Responds to her name being called (most of the time)
“…she is going to achieve every single milestone on the list…just in her own time.”
I may be missing some of her latest milestones, but wanted to share some of the current ones that immediately come to mind. Lily’s pediatrician, which Kristin and I absolutely love and are so fortunate to have, even noted about Lily’s personality starting to come out. When Dr. Convertino asked Lily a question, She immediately responded with sticking her lip out and spitting/blowing bubbles. Lily apparently didn’t like her Doctor’s question!:)
I remember when Lily was a month old, looking up online all of the milestones for a “typical” child and what months to expect things. I have learned with Lily, and I think this can apply to any “typical” child as well, that she is going to achieve every single milestone on the list…just in her own time. Our daycare has told us that Lily is even achieving some milestones quicker than a few children that are older than her.
One thing I love about Lily’s pediatrician and her First Steps instructor is that they focus so much on what Lily has accomplished and in such a positive way bring up things for us to work on to help her continue to succeed. This has had an immediate affect on our perpective and approach. Our love for Lily will never be measured by what She can or cannot do. Each day, as She learns something new, She continues to find ways to teach Kristin and I.