I still can not believe how quickly nine months has flown by. I thought that the nine months of pregnancy were fast, but these nine months seem to have gone even faster. This month has been a roller coaster of sorts for you (and not always a fun one). You came down with a fever on an early Monday morning, the highest fever you have ever had (101 degrees). On Monday morning, you were shivering as you tried to break it. We thought that it might be teething, but called Dr. Perez anyway. She said to watch it and if it went over 102 degrees or if it was still around on Wednesday, to bring you in. We would break it for short periods of time with Tylenol/Motrin and baths, but it never quite went away. So I took you in on Wednesday. We found out that you had a urinary tract infection, so Dr. Perez put you on antibiotics with instructions to come in on Friday if the fever still persisted. You weren't a huge fan of the oral antibiotics, you threw them up the first time I gave them to you, and the fever actually got worse, so we ended up in her office again on Friday. That visit turned into a trip to Driscoll Children's Hospital where you were admitted to be tested for meningitis. This was the scariest 8 hours of my (and your Dad's) lives. You had to have some really painful and yucky tests, some that they wouldn't even let Mommy and Daddy be in the room with you for. But you were a trooper! The antibiotics they gave you in the hospital started working over Friday night, and your fever broke, so you were a little more yourself on Saturday. They gave you one more round of antibiotics before they discharged you on Saturday - we were there just a little over 24 hours - but it seemed like weeks. You had to have some follow-up tests a few weeks later that revealed that you have a reflux in your urinary tract where urine is splashing up into your kidneys from your bladder. We will go see a specialist about this next month, but for now we just have to watch you to make sure you don't develop another urinary tract infection. That was the yucky thing that happened to you this month...but you had so many wonderful things happen, too! You have gotten very good at drinking from a sippy cup, and you drink 4-5 oz of water every day from one. Mommy and Daddy are thrilled that you like water so much, the few times we have offered you juice you refused it, so we have just stuck with water. You still do not nurse from Mommy, and we have had to start supplementing your milk intake with formula. Fortunately since we have been fortifying your bottles with formula since December, so it wasn't a difficult transition. You have also become much more coordinated with your self-feeding. You can pick up just about anything with your pincher grasp, but like to use your thumb to shovel it into your mouth. Speaking of your mouth, EVERYTHING goes into your mouth these days! You are especially fascinated with cords (even those that are hidden away, you remember that they are there!). You still do not have any teeth, maybe next month! You have started a new way of locomoting - the scoot, lunge, and roll technique. Often, you will add in a few crawls, but you aren't quite at the full-on crawling stage yet. I think it's going to be any day because you will get up on all fours and rock back and forth 6-7 times, try a half crawl, then decide to roll. Once you figure it out, you are so curious, I am guessing Mommy and Daddy (and Amber!) are going to be pretty busy. We just finished child-proofing the house, so we're ready for you! You also figure out how to get yourself from your stomach up to a sitting position. You've only done it a few times, though, so you're still perfecting that skill. You have really started to mimic behaviors - from putting your hands up with Daddy when he says, "hooray" for eating your food, to trying to figure out clapping (you are so close!). Your language has really developed this month as well. You now say a lot of one-two syllable babbles (still no "mama" - but you melt your Daddy's heart when you say "dada"). You also bring such joy to Daddy when you shoot baskets with him. Mommy got you and Daddy a basketball goal for Christmas and you are finally old enough to use it. You love shooting hoops with Daddy, and have figured out if you press the little green button - the toy will make the sounds without you even shooting a basket. You have a pretty mean dunk, though! You have had a pretty busy month, and every day you make us smile and thank the Lord for bringing you into our lives. We are so blessed to be your Mommy and Daddy!!