Nine months old already!

For once, I’m right on time with my monthly Amelie update. She’s nine months old today so has been out for as long as she was in! There have been some big changes in the last few weeks. After learning how to sit up and crawl last month, she has moved up a few rungs on the proverbial ladder. I say ‘ladder’, but ‘stairs’ is more accurate…

Uh-oh…

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Apparently not satisfied with mere climbing, she has also started standing up whenever possible. The following picture was her first moment on just two limbs. Since I took it, she has graduated to holding onto things with just one hand and at arm’s length. She has also dabbled with the ‘Look! No hands!’ trick once or twice and is also good at leaning down to pick things up while holding on.

From sitting to crawling to climbing to standing in two weeks. Man alive!

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Speaking of grabbing things, she nearly managed to help herself to my pint during a family meal out the other day. Although she has demonstrated good taste at such a tender age, we’re going to have to keep an even closer eye on her now.

Erm, no. I don’t think so, Amelie!

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She seems to instinctively know which items are the ones that are the worst for her to get hold of and, as she’s more than a little mobile now, moving things onto higher surfaces will no longer suffice. She’s had her fair share of tumbles as a result of trying to reach the contraband, but so far seems undeterred. She can also still be relied upon to fall over for no apparent reason while sitting. Incidentally, this next picture has no relationship with the previous one.

#ThatAwkwardMoment while filming a music video when your lead singer falls over.

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Her teeth are still yet to make a proper appearance, but this hasn’t stopped her from trying more solid foods. She has discovered the wonder of toast – and gets quite indignant if we don’t share ours with her – as well as bread sticks, potatoes and carrots. The chewing must be helping her early attempts at speech, as she comes out with some brilliant little babbling monologues. She’s quite the after-dinner speaker.

I wonder whether we’ll have both walking and talking next month? Time will tell!

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