Annabelle Monthly – 9 Months

It’s hard to believe but as I write this right now Annabelle is only 10 weeks away from her 1st birthday! ONLY 10 WEEKS! That means next week she will be down to the single digits in that countdown to celebrating her first birthday! I can still remember when she was just a 10 week old little infant baby, and now she seems more like a toddler with every passing day then every before.

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Our little happy girl hamming it up

Our little happy girl hamming it up

Getting ready for her photo shoot :)

Getting ready for her photo shoot 🙂

Measurements – Our girl is 16 pounds now which means she has finally doubled her birth weight!!! She’s also starting to fit into some of her fall clothes that we bought for her last year when we found out we were having a girl! It is so fun to dress her in those pieces and then watch her play in them all day because they bring back memories of when we were pregnant and preparing for her to be born into our family and all the anticipation that went along with that sweet time in our lives.

Our little Miss talker

Our little Miss talker

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Photo shoots and being this cute is hard work!

Photo shoots and being this cute is hard work!

Best Moment – Annabelle said “Mama”!!!!!!.. as well as other syllables, but MAMA!!!!! Be still my beating heart! This was definitely my personal favorite new thing that she does even though she still says it pretty indiscriminately. She’s become more of a little social butterfly too and loves to wave at everyone she meets as well as wave bye bye when we’re leaving somewhere.

Me and my little girl! 39 weeks pregnant, 40 weeks/due date/Annabelle birthday and 39 weeks postpartum!

Me and my little girl! 39 weeks pregnant, 40 weeks/due date/Annabelle birthday and 39 weeks postpartum!

At the zoo with the baby and mommy giraffe in the background!

At the zoo with the baby and mommy giraffe in the background!

Our little giraffe

Our little giraffe

Feeding the Giraffes for the first time at the zoo!

Feeding the Giraffes for the first time at the zoo!

It was really cool!

It was really cool!

Annabelle wasn't so sure about it though lol

Annabelle wasn’t so sure about it though lol

Annabelle, Sophie and a real life Sophie!

Annabelle, Sophie and a real life Sophie!

Worst Moment – Definitely the worst moment was when Annabelle got her first diaper rash. She was cutting her 2 upper front teeth at the same time so all that extra drool made for a pretty hard time on her little digestive system which resulted in a lot more bowel movements which resulted in her first diaper rash. It literally came on out of no where too. We knew she was needing more diaper changes so of course we were changing her more frequently but she woke up from her afternoon nap one Thursday with a monstrous poop and a red little bottom 😦  It broke our hearts to and despite our best efforts to clear it up on our own (we were literally leaving her bare bottomed to air dry all day long except for naps, switched out of clothe diapers to disposable so we could use desitin and powder during the naps when she had to where diapers, were giving her about 3 to 4 oatmeal baths a day and so much more) we ended up taking her into see her pediatrician and having a special diaper rash cream prescribed which cleared it up rather quickly after we started using it.

Just hanging out with dad!

Just hanging out with dad!

At work visiting Mimi!

At work visiting Mimi!

Big City girl! Annabelles first time in Cincinnati!

Big City girl! Annabelles first time in Cincinnati!

Favorite Things – Annabelle loves to try new foods and this month we introduced her to some fruits which she LOVED! Like she would cry when we were finished with the fruit portion of her meal LOVE – especially when is came to the Peaches. That was definitely her favorite thing she tried. We’re not surprised that she has a natural sweet tooth though because she is after all her momma’s daughter and I can not get enough of any type of desert – especially fruit based ones!

Visiting with Aunt CC!

Visiting with Aunt CC!

Hanging out with Uncle John for the weekend!

Hanging out with Uncle John for the weekend!

Just hanging out at Grandmas during her first sleep over out at the farm!

Just hanging out at Grandmas during her first sleep over out at the farm!

Highlights – First sleepover with Grandma and Mimi, 8 month pictures out at the farm, welcoming her new cousin Charlie into the world, going to The zoo, going to downtown Cincinnati, going to visit Mimi at work, “helping” mom and dad with their first big home renovation since she was born. There was so much that happened this past month that was so fun!

Happy Labor Day! Celebrating with a family home renovation project!

Happy Labor Day! Celebrating with a family home renovation project!

This girl is quite the Home Depot regular!

This girl is quite the Home Depot regular!

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Annabelle testing out the new floors!

Annabelle testing out the new floors!

Happy birthday Charlie Fei!

Happy birthday Charlie Fei!

Hanging out with Grandma and Aunt Kiki at the hospital  while meeting her cousin!

Hanging out with Grandma and Aunt Kiki at the hospital while meeting her cousin!

Cousins/ best friends in the making/holiday gift wrap throwing buddies meeting for the first time!  <3

Cousins/ best friends in the making meeting for the first time! ❤

Grandma with 2 of her 4 grand daughters!

Grandma with 2 of her 4 grand daughters!

She also had fun on her first Aunt Kiki date as well as joined her mom and her moms friends at her first monthly girls breakfast!

Hanging out with her favorite - Aunt Kiki!

Hanging out with her favorite – Aunt Kiki!

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Annabelles ready to order some Wild Eggs! lol

Annabelles ready to order some Wild Eggs! lol

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Candid!

Candid!

Some of the greatest women I know! So blessed to have them as friends for over 4 years now!

Some of the greatest women I know! So blessed to have them as friends for over 4 years now!

She also started to pull up in her bath tub this month – of course the one place that we’d prefer she didn’t pull up on/in is where she tries to start mastering that skill lol

First time (of many to come) going to the zoo together as a family!

First time (of many to come) going to the zoo together as a family!

We got a picture with the Daddy and baby Elephants!

We got a picture with the Daddy and baby Elephants!

Showing/telling Annabelle about the elephants. He's such an attentive Dad!

Showing/telling Annabelle about the elephants. He’s such an attentive Dad!

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Ending her first trip to the zoo in style - with a good nap!

Ending her first trip to the zoo in style – with a good nap!

We just loved this past month with Annabelle and all the fun adventures we were able to have with her and can not wait to tell yall all about the many adventures she has been having as a 10 month old next month!

Much love & prayer,

Matt & Blair

 

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