Miss Molly is now 9 months old and is crawling all over the place. She's also very good at pulling herself up on things and into a standing position. However, if you try to get her to recreate this for the camera she has absolutely no interest. Shocking, I know. Her vocabulary is also expanding. She calls me mum and N da da and has also identified her bottle by name (buh bah). She will pretty much mimic any sound you make and likes to be part of the conversation.
Molly still just has the two bottom teeth, but in the last week or so her top gums have been bothering her a lot so I wouldn't be too surprised if some new teeth showed up soon. Also in the last week or so Molly has decided to do away with her second nap. Apparently she just doesn't feel the need for it. This has caused her to put herself down earlier which means she's also waking up earlier. I am not a morning person. I'd much prefer getting a second nap in and having her stay up later so she would sleep in later. I don't like seeing 6 am unless I'm getting up to catch a plane to someplace exotic. Still, she usually sleeps 9 hours straight through so I really have no room to complain.
Since she only gained 1 pound between her 6 month and 9 month checkups she actually stayed in her 12 month clothing for a pretty long stretch. Right now the 12 month and 12 to 18 month clothes are a hit or a miss on what will fit. Better luck fitting in them when she's in disposables since her cotton diaper booty is so damn big, but she actually wore clothes for more than a month which was rather shocking. The 18 month, 18-24 month, and 2T clothing is her best bet for a good fit.
Molly's favorite toy is probably her Fisher Price Little People farm house. There are just enough sounds to keep her occupied for a good stretch. She's actually quite content to sit and play as long as she can look up and see you. This gives me an opportunity to get some stuff done in her room. She's not quite as content when you put her in her play pen. She's ok as long as she can see you, but she tends to tire of this a lot faster. Pretty much the only time I really have to get stuff done around the house is when she's napping. With that second nap gone I'm definitely falling behind.
Molly has also figured out crying just doesn't work on us so she's escalated to the full on screaming at the top of her lungs when she's not happy. Molly has lung power. This screaming is really loud. To the point that you can't hear yourself think. She's done this a few times in the middle of the night when her teeth have really been bothering her. She's just crawling out of her own skin and it takes a bit (and some drugs) to calm her down. However, we've realized she doesn't always use this tactic when she's in pain. If I pick her up and she immediately quiets down the screaming was due to the fact that she just wants to hang out and that's when we let her cry it out. It's taking longer and longer, but eventually she'll pass out. We're still pretty lucky though. Most nights she'll start rubbing her eyes and and will roll over and pass out on her own after some boob time or bottle. Sometimes you get a screaming match when you prep her for bed time (change into pjs, change of diaper, etc.). Which makes things a little hair raising (she's *really* loud), but once she has her last meal she's usually pretty content to go to bed.
All in all Molly is a pretty chill baby that is usually content being dragged anywhere. As long as you respect the fact that when she's done, she's done. She's very interested in her surroundings and can be quite focused when trying to figure something out. She's a smart little cookie, that's for sure. If you try to get her to wave bye bye when no one is actually leaving she'll look at you like you're crazy. Not really all that surprising she already has a little attitude... I mean just look at her dad. :-)