Nine Months of Annie

This past week our Annie turned nine months old!


Annie is crawling all over the place. She has never really army crawled but instead has crawled in a fashion that reminds us a lot of the swimming butterfly stroke. Just in the past week, Annie has started switching to the classic alternating crawl on occasion. She doesn’t crawl that way consistently yet.

Annie is pulling herself up on everything and everyone. She can pull herself up to standing in the pack ‘n play, crib, and play area. Annie has been clearing the sunken living room steps for a couple of months now. This past month, she started climbing up the regular stairs as well. Annie has only climbed the stairs fully a few times, but she’s very good at it. She has no idea how to climb down yet.


Now that Annie is climbing stairs, we can’t leave her unsupervised on the floor. She will still do short stints in the Exersaucer and Baby Einstein, and I put her in the pack ‘n play when I get ready in the morning. Thankfully, Annie still likes the larger play yard area and will do longer stretches in there. She can pull herself up on the play yard fence. Sometimes Annie just gets frustrated pulling herself up and then not being able to get down independently. But more often than not, she’ll settle into playing in the play area for a decent stretch of time.

A couple of weeks ago, Annie started saying mama. She started saying dada a couple of months ago and still says it all the time, too. Annie has also started blowing lots of raspberries.


Annie remains generally very happy. It takes a lot to get her really riled up. Annie goes with the flow and remains chill in her stroller for long stretches when we’re out and about. The older three kids are all crazy about Annie and get in her face and try to help her move around constantly. She puts up with so much with very little complaint.

While not quite as stuffy as the previous month, Annie has still had a very runny nose. She chews on everything but hasn’t started cutting a tooth yet.


I transitioned Annie to size 3 diapers when she ran out of size 2. We had overnight size 3 diapers leftover from Olivia and Genevieve. I started using them with Annie when we transitioned up to size 3, and they’ve been great. So I’ve bought more and will keep using them for now. Annie continues to flip over constantly while I change her diapers and clothes, which makes changing her exciting, both on her changing pad on her dresser and on the floor.

Annie’s wearing a mix of 3-6, 6, and 6-12 month clothes. As the weather continues to get warmer, I’ll transition out 3-6 and transition in more 6, 9, and 6-12 month clothes.


Annie eats five to six ounces at a time about every three hours during the day. Annie loves sitting in her high chair with us when we eat. She does have some interest in eating regular food. But mostly, Annie loves being part of everything. I give her baby puffs, yogurt melts, teething crackers, and purees as well as tiny pieces of soft foods regularly.

This past month, most of the time, Annie has done pretty well on a one longer nap per day schedule. She’ll go down anywhere from mid-morning to early afternoon and sleep for a few hours. There have been a few times that she really needed a second shorter late afternoon nap. Annie continues to do well napping both in the car and in her crib at home.

There were only maybe one or two nights that Annie woke up during the night and needed to be resettled. There were also a couple of times that Annie woke up and wanted to eat between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. Otherwise, Annie has been in a pretty good sleep schedule at night, going down between 8:00 and 9:00 and sleeping until 6:00 or 7:00.


You can find all of my baby/toddler updates for all of the kids as well as general family updates and other family-related posts in the family section of the blog.

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