Today was Ellie’s nine month checkup, and we’re pleased to report that we have a happy, healthy baby!
She’s still tall and narrow: 29.13 inches (92nd percentile) and 19 pounds 3 ounces (54th percentile). Her noggin is 44.3 cm around (58th percentile). Basically, she’s growing well.
Ellie also got a flu shot (along with her parents), which didn’t even really phase her. At her age she gets a half dose now and the other half in a month.
Dr. G again remarked about how bouncy and alert she is, and asked us about crawling, sitting up, etc. We told him that she’s now pulling herself up easily, walking with assistance a bit, and moving all over the place. We got the impression that he thought we might be exaggerating, but at one point when she was on the floor she crawled right over to him. Then, in the middle of the room, she just stood up without any assistance, wobbled there for about half a second, and then sat back down! He was visibly surprised.
Ellie did that for the first time last night during our PEPS meeting, and I thought Kim and I were going to fall out of our skins. She just stood up, that time hanging out for about two seconds before sitting back down again. In other minor milestones, she’s started waving and clapping a little, and really gets around.
I installed our first baby gate at the bottom of the stairs in the living room the other night. Our neighbor Heidi gave us some great advice, which was to set the gate a few steps up so that the baby can experiment with stairs without worrying about falling down a whole flight. Unfortunately, the way that staircase is built prevented me from mounting the gate higher up, but I’ll be able to do it on the stairs in the basement. I also spent some time with a screwdriver installing latches on a few cupboards – most notably the one under the bathroom sink which opens to the laundry chute; we don’t want baby tumbling between floors!
Ellie is now sleeping in her crib (not the co-sleeper, which she’s grown out of), which we brought up into our bedroom. It was a bumpy introduction, but now she’s content to sleep there through the night most of the time. The flipside is that she’s not sleeping much during the day, but our doctor said that since she’s sleeping through the night that’s a good amount of sleep. I know Kim would prefer a little more rest time during the day.
Lastly, we think Ellie is finally reaching the end of her cold. She no longer produces snot like a faucet, although she’s still coughing a bit during the night. If she hasn’t improved in a week, the doctor said to give him a call.