Greetings from Baltimore! We’ve been in Baltimore since December 18th and we’ll be here until January 10th. Our trip has been just over 3 weeks and we’re finishing up our northern vacation. We decided to spend the holidays in Baltimore so that Bella could experience all the fun-filled family get-togethers we experience year after year. It’s been a really great trip and I think we’ll all be sad to return to Florida.
While we’ve been here, Bella turned 9-months-old. Today, Bella 9-months-old and we are “celebrating” in Baltimore. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, but this time is going way too fast! Our little baby is growing up and in another 3 months will be a… toddler. I’ve already begun to plan Bella’s 1st birthday party and have a theme in mind. I’m not ready to share the theme just yet, but as her birthday approaches, I’ll share a few details here and there.
Bella has been scheduled for a 9-month wellness appointment; so official stats will be posted next week. Pop (a.k.a. my dad) and Ian measured her length with a tape and we’re approximating her weight
Height: About 30 inches! Wow, she is getting so tall!
Weight: about 25 pounds (and gaining…)
Clothing Size: I typically don’t post what size clothes Bella is wearing but she wears a 12-18 months in Gymboree clothes and 9 and 12 month clothes in everything else. We’ve gone through a year’s worth of clothes in under 9 months. She was only able to wear several outfits once or twice because she outgrew things so quickly.
Sleeping Pattern: Since arriving in Baltimore, Bella’s sleep was been… well… umm… AWFUL! She is waking up 2-3 times a night. Needless to say we are all a little sleep deprived and take advantage of Bella’s two naps a day. We’re hoping to get her back on track once we’re back home next week.
Eating Pattern: Bella continues to eat about 5-6 ounces every 3-4 hours and is eating solids and snacks 3 times a day. Bella is a great eater and will eat whatever is placed in front of her. We’re very thankful that she is a good eater and hope this pattern continues.
Milestones: Bella has 4 teeth and has 2 more on the way. As most parents say, “teething bites”. It’s awful to see Bella in pain, but with each new tooth, the teething process seems to get a bit easier. Thank goodness for Motrin! Bella is still on the verge of crawling and up on her hands and knees throughout the day. She is an expert at rolling and rolls to get from place to place. Bella has recently started “waving” and while I’m not sure she knows what she is doing, she often uses her hand to “wave” at people and things.
Friends: We haven’t seen our friends in almost 3 weeks and we miss them very much! Birthday season will begin once we return to Tampa and we’ll be attending birthday parties from now until July!
Current Events: This week all the new Senators, Delegates and political leadership have been sworn in. We’re not too sure what is happening back in Florida because we’ve been in Baltimore.
Bella celebrated her first Hanukkah and Christmas a few weeks ago. She also met her other set of great-grandparents, my grandparents, Poppy and Ms. Dot. She loved the lights, the Christmas carols, the presents and especially the wrapping paper. Bella received many lovely and thoughtful gifts from friends and family members and we are very thankful for this. Bella also received many new toys for Hanukkah and Christmas. She is spoiled, but she totally deserves it.
Bella has been in her helmet for almost 1 month and is doing well. It appears to us that her head shape is improving and we can’t wait to get back to Florida to confirm this with the specialist. As for the torticollis, we’re still concerned about the significance of her tilted neck and we’re going to seek a second opinion from a pediatric orthopedic specialist when we get home. All things considered, Bella’s conditions could be much worse and for this we are very thankful, but still keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
I’m on borrowed time right now and the little princess will be up from her afternoon nap before I know it. Just wanted to catch everyone up on what we’ve been up to and how our trip to Baltimore has been. More posts will follow regarding details of our trip and pictures from the holidays. Keep warm everyone!
Happy 9-Month Birthday, Isabella Eve!
Ian, Kim & Bella