Three-quarter check-up

Two birthday parties, a stomach bug (mine), a busy work deadline (mine), and a mystery fever and overnight wakefulness (The Little Sis’) have kept me from posting this sooner, but I took The Little Sis to the pediatrician for her nine-month check-up last Thursday. Her stats as of May 17:

Weight: 19 lb., 7.5 oz. (75th percentile)
Height: 28 in. (50th to 75th percentile)
Head circumference: 17.25 in. (50th percentile)

Her milestone questions, which were all met, were:

  • Can she stand holding onto something?
  • Can she pass an object from one hand to another?
  • Can she sit without support?
  • Does she make consonant sounds like ba and ma?
  • Does she come to you to be consoled when upset?

The Pediatrician said everything looks good with her and she is developing right on track. Currently at nine months old, she has two teeth, wears size 3 diapers, and is probably approaching some 12-month size clothes for the summer. (Ack! All of The Big Sis’ 12-month clothes were for winter!) Sleep seems to go in cycles, with some great nights and some not-as-great nights, and I suspect part of it is related to some possible separation anxiety. It largely remains a mystery at this point, though.

She continues to have a super-happy personality. If there is joy to be found in any object or situation, this girl will find it. The sparkle in her eye and the dimples in her cheeks just melt my heart. She’s easy-going and quite portable, which is helpful since we continue to be on the go quite a bit with her happily in tow. She loves spending time with both me and The Husband, she’s best pals with The Dog, but she thinks The Big Sis hung the moon. (And thankfully, so far, The Big Sis feels the same.)

The Little Sis’ eyes continue to darken, so I’d say we’re fairly safe in saying that she has brown eyes just like the rest of us. Her peach-fuzz hair continues to grow at an incredibly slow rate, and so far it’s still hard to tell what color it’s going to be. She is nearly the spitting image of The Big Sis when she was around 12 months old (The Big Sis was itty-bitty, so exact age-for-age comparisons aren’t quite accurate). The main difference is that The Big Sis’ face is more elongated whereas The Little Sis’ face is more round. Aside from that, The Little Sis is quite the mini-me of The Big Sis.

With her new-found mobility, she is getting into more and more around the house, which once again keeps us on our toes. The Big Sis has a Fisher Price kitchen that has two heights, and we moved it down to the lowest height last week so The Little Sis can stand there and play and BOY does she love that. It’s like the best thing EVER to her, and I can put her there to play for a good 15 or 20 minutes independently sometimes — and I can see her perfectly from the real kitchen, so it’s great when I need to get dinner made or do other things in there. The best part is when I peek in and see both girls playing at the kitchen together — I envision them in 30 years helping to prepare Thanksgiving dinner together for the whole family.

But I may be getting ahead of myself a bit… 🙂

In the meantime, she continues to do well, and it’s hard to believe that the next well check will be for one year. It never stops being true — time really does fly when you’re having fun.


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