Monday, April 1, 2013

9 Months

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.  ~Chinese Proverb

Ephraim has grown so much in personality this month!  He is a busy busy little body, and a very happy little boy.

He has figured up how to stand himself on any vertical surface and spends his days crawling from object to object and standing himself up.  He likes to let go and see how long he can stand.  The longest I've seen him stand unsupported is 5 or so seconds, but he's going to figure it out soon.  He can crawl on his hands and knees now, but still prefers the army crawl for speed.

He's getting really good at entertaining himself, and will play by himself in his room for up to half an hour.  He especially loves to look at his collection of books, and to play with anything he can shake or pound on.

He is a curious little man, and is into every crack and crevice.  He is especially interested in power cords, so the baby proofing is in full force.

The weather is getting nicer, and Ephraim loves to be outside.  He enjoys the swings, going down the slide and crawling through tunnels in the park.

He loves to do anything that will get mom or dad's attention, and he's figured out that the easiest way to do that is to head to somewhere he isn't supposed to be.  He head for the door or the kitchen and the bathroom, and as soon as he realizes you are after him he will giggle and try and crawl away faster.

He's figured out how to pull open a door if it's been left open a crack, and can switch off the lights if you hold him.  He loves banging things together and is trying to figure out how to clap his hands.  He tries to mimic mom and dad.  He babbles constantly and currently says baba, mama, ahaha, didi, and dada.  He also thinks it hilarious to pretend to cough.

Ephraim has 4 teeth now.  The two bottom teeth and the top lateral incisors. It seems like his top two teeth may not be far behind.  Besides being a little more drool-y and slightly crankier at bedtime it's hard to tell that he's even teething.  He's such a good boy!

His favorite things to eat right now are cottage cheese and gold fish crackers.  He mostly loves eating in general and is getting really good at feeding himself and chewing.

He's decided that he only needs one nap a day, but is going to bed earlier.  He still wakes up 3 or 4 times in the night, but he goes back to sleep really easily, so I don't mind (too much).

Ephraim is a lot more aware of who different people are now, and likes Stephen more and more.  I love watching my two boys together. Grandma and Grandpa Ison came to visit and even though Ephraim wasn't sure about Grandpa at first, he warmed up at the end.  He doesn't have much stranger danger, even though he definitely prefers his mama, especially at sleepy time.

Ephraim had his first Easter the day after his nine month birthday (which is why this entry is a little late, we were busy busy!), and he looked so cute in his Easter outfit!  We love having such a cute little man!

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