Today Lilah turned 9 months old and Aaron turned 21 months. They are getting SO big! I'm still swaddling Lilah, although we're working on doing away with that. She's been sleeping for her naps with her arms free, and slept that way last night, but we have had some rough beginnings to the nights, so since I've been alone this week, I decided to go with the full swaddle for tonight in hopes that she'd go to sleep okay. This morning to show me how big of a girl she is now that she's 9 months old, she pulled herself up to standing on the sofa next to me!!! WOW! She has also recently started babbling quite a bit, it's SO cute. Her hair is getting to see what becomes of those...they seem tighter than I remember the other children having, so maybe she'll be our curliest head yet! She's been sitting up in the high chair for meals and although she doesn't eat much still, she's been enjoying snacking on Cheerios while we eat. She's eaten some banana too, which she seems to enjoy, but she's still pretty crazy with the gag reflex...although I have noticed that it's getting much better.
Aaron is running everywhere. He talks pretty well these days. Mostly just 1-2 words at a time, but he sure gets his point across. He also comprehends REALLY well. The other day he came downstairs after his bath, carrying his pajamas and diaper!! Soooo cute! He's gone pee-pee on the potty a couple of times...but definitely not enough to get excited about. He has switched from calling Lilah by her name (which was one of his first words) to calling her "Beanie" most of the time. We all call her "Beanie" or "Bean"--Lilah "Bean", get it?!?! Anyway...he'll go up close to her face and say, "Hello, Beanie!" It's so darling. He is generally very sweet to her, but he can be awfully rough sometimes too, so I have to keep a close eye on him. He's been known to hit or try to squish her--he actually ran her over with his toy lawn mower the other day--poor girl. She never does anything to deserve it, she's such a sweet little princess. He's just a roughian. We keep working on him and being gentle...hopefully he'll be even more gentle with the new baby. Lilah takes it in stride though...and all of the big children take good care of her.
Well that's enough for now...it's getting late and I need my rest!