1. He is all boy. The other day, after swim class, we went into the locker room to get him in the shower and dressed. As I was by the lockers gathering his stuff together, I see him pause in front of the shower. He still had his swim shorts on. He looked down at his feet. Then I see this trickle coming down his leg, and pooling onto the concrete floor. Urine. Then I see him, without hesitation, scoop down with his right hand and gather up some urine. Then he proceeds to place his hand directly in his mouth and (gasp) drink his urine. Now if you think that I was standing idly by watching all of this, you are sorely mistaken. As soon as I saw the urine start to pool, I was running (seemingly in slow motion) to halt the inevitable.
2. Brae: “Mommy, you are a princess. Sienna is a princess. Brae is a BIG boy. And Daddy is muy grande.”
3. Brae: “Mommy, the sun is up really high. I can’t reach it. I need a ladder.”
4. Brae and Sienna hold hands in their car seats. It melts my heart. I’ll look in my rear view mirror and see Brae reaching his hand out to Sienna, and she’s reaching her hand out to him. And then they connect and just clasp on for dear life, and smile.
Sienna had her 9 month checkup today. The highlights:
We have a lovely, larger than life daughter. She is 20 lbs, 8 oz. That is the 85th percentile. [When Brae was 9 months, he weighed 19.5 lbs, which was the 40th percentile for boys].
She is 29 inches. That is the 95th percentile. [When Brae was 9 months, he was 28.5 inches, which was the 60th percentile for boys].
She has 8 teeth, with two more on the way. [When Brae was 9 months, he still only had 2]
She is extremely strong. The doctor noticed that even on her first day of life when he remarked that she had very good muscle tone. She can pull a tall TV tray (with food on it) across the floor. This is particularly troublesome when the food on the tray belonged to Brae and he was trying to eat it.
She has been crawling since 8 months, and has been pulling herself up for the last several weeks. She is just starting to do some cruising. I think she’ll be walking by age 1.
She loves her pureed food, but solids not so much. When I try to give her something small, even Cheerios, she will often gag. The doctor said she has a very strong gag reflex. If she’s still not readily manipulating solid foods in her mouth and swallowing by age 1, we may need to see a specialist.
She’s a great sleeper and napper. 12 hours at night, and 2 naps during the day of 45 minutes – 3 hours.
What I can gauge about her personality so far: she’s extremely physically active and curious; she loves her brother; she’s a friendly child, but is not effusive or gregarious like Brae; she loves baths; she loves being outdoors; she really does not like it when Brae takes away her toys.