New Year + Baby Update: 9 Months

Happy 2015! It’s a week into the new year, and I’ve been reflecting back on the past year a lot during these first seven days. 2014 was filled with so many blessings, starting with a happy, healthy pregnancy and ending with a happy, healthy baby. It was a year of “firsts” for us as first-time parents experiencing many of our baby’s firsts so far in his first year.

We have so many special memories from 2014. I was looking through all the pictures we’ve taken since our babe was born, and the range and depth of emotions I feel are overwhelming! What a difference a year can make. This time last year I was six months pregnant, and now I have a 9-month-old … babies really do grow up too fast. :(

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hand-drawn wall decal from Old Barn Rescue

Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite scriptures, and it comforted me often during those last few months of pregnancy at the start of 2014 when no amount of reading and researching could make me feel 100% ready for what was to come. It comforted me during those first few months after giving birth in the late-night hours of no sleep, nursing cluster feedings, rocking and watching my baby breathe. And it comforts me today as I set out to raise a thriving little boy in this big world. It was my overarching mantra in 2014 and really resonated with me as a new mom, serving as encouragement in times of uncertainty and utter exhaustion, as well as in all the beautiful and breathtaking moments.

The newborn/infant stage is so ephemeral, and I just want to soak up every second. Even though I wish I could bottle up those precious, fleeting moments and keep them forever to open up and experience again and again, I love seeing his growth and development too. Bittersweet at its finest!

Everything looked great at Baby C’s 9-month checkup, and he’s leaning out now that he’s mobile. He has always been around the 95th percentile for both height and weight, and now he’s around 80% for both. He’s still a big baby though who apparently looks like a toddler (?!)—when we go out to eat, we get asked if he needs a drink, a kid’s menu or crayons. Every time, without fail!

He waves, gives high fives, is mastering his “m” sounds (yes!), likes to bounce and is always pulling up to stand. His increased mobility has made diaper changes terrible … because ain’t nobody got time for lying around on a changing table! His two bottom teeth have fully emerged, and he’s starting to cut his two front teeth on the top. He’s such a good baby, pretty mild-mannered and goes with the flow—I feel extremely blessed!

2014 was the hardest but most wonderful year of my life, and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2015 has in store for us. Wishing you all a year filled with love, laughter and much happiness!

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