8 months & 9 months

At the beginning of 7 months, Joey was rolling and spinning, and still tipping when he sat.

NOW, just two short months later, as we close out on being 8 months – he is EVERYWHERE. He crawls (fast), pulls himself to standing, likes to play while sitting on his knees, will take a few steps along furniture, loves playing – he is busy, busy, busy!

The night before Halloween (7 months and a week and a half) I thought he scooted himself forward across the bathroom floor. I wasn’t sure, and didn’t really believe it since he never went backwards and so many babies I’ve known have gone backwards before forwards, but Halloween night while we were waiting for trick-or-treaters he followed me (and my newspaper, which is what he really wanted) all around the living room! And he hasn’t stopped since! Just after he turned 8 months he figured out how to pull himself up and now he doesn’t want to do anything but stand. He’s getting more and more steady, and is very comfortable letting go with one hand. He is persistent and determined – if there’s something he wants, he will find a way to get it. He doesn’t often get frustrated, just keeps working at it. I know this is all very developmentally normal, but I am just so proud of him. He is so big.

(8 months on the left, 9 months on the right)

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Oh, and ps: the dogs are going on a diet. It’s called “you have 10 seconds to eat before mom takes your bowl away because Joey is playing in your food.” 😉

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