nine whole months

I don't know if its because 'nine months' is one of the bigger first-year milestones, but every time I look at Jake now I feel like he's growing right before my eyes. It also seems like he's doing something new every day, like holding his own bottle to eat and "brushing" his teeth. Jake's so close to crawling but hasn't figured out how to get that one leg out from under him, which is a constant source of annoyance for him. He moves backwards and rotates in circles, so we're motivating him with remotes and iPhones to get him moving forward. ;) All day long it seems he babbles "dadada" ("mama" makes it in there occasionally..) and loves walking with us around the house. Jake is happiest in the bath tub, where he splashes hard enough to soak anyone in a five-foot radius (seriously). When Jake gets truly excited, for instance when we run the bath water, he gets this "happy wheeze" as we call it and rocks back and forth like a maniac. His rocking habit has become his signature move at church where he's still uber-popular with the 4-and-under crowd, mostly made up of little girls who pat his head and call him "Baby Jake".

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