Ivy Jean – 9 Month Update

August 18, 2017

9 months. Holy moly. You are a marvel, Ivy Jean. Some days I feel like my heart could burst over you. It seems 3 months have sped by since I last wrote an update on you. You have changed so much, so quickly. I have absolutely loved these last couple of months with you. You are FUN. Your dad and I look at each other almost daily and say, “What did we do before her?” You make us laugh, you make us think, you humble us, you teach us, you make us lay ourselves down. Basically all the good stuff in life. We are so thankful you are ours and we are yours. I’m including the 9 months photos I took of you as well as some other snaps we’ve taken since your last update.

I’m not sure why, but the 3 month marks seem big to this mama who wanted for you for so long. My thoughts are jumbled and messy today as I sit to write this. There are so many things I want you to know that I fear I will do a poor job remembering, communicating, or teaching you about God, myself and your daddy, and the world. It’s scary out there and yet so beautiful. I’m so flawed and yet I love you so much. People are broken and also have a great capacity for good. I hope you see and know both.

All day on the 16th I felt sappy over the grace of God to give me the title of mother. After walking through infertility, and your preemie birth and subsequent complications, the beginning was harder than I anticipated. Part of the early days are now foggy almost. Even looking back at your 6 month update, I remember that feedings still look close to an hour. I’m so grateful for the documentation of your life in black and white because I see the strides and can give glory to God. You are so HEALTHY. You are thriving. There is no more fog, only joy.

Your Baptism (7 Months)

8 Months

We love seeing you learn and discover the world. At nine months you are 16 pounds 12 ounces. A whopping 42% percentile adjusted for her preemie status. You are 26.5 inches tall, 36% percentile. I have no doubt that you will grow into that height, and I will teach you to appreciate it like I’ve come to appreciate mine. You have 2.5 teeth now. Two on the bottom and a third starting to peek through on the top. You started to sit up right around 8 months, and over the last month have totally solidified that skill.

You’ve just started to figure out crawling. It’s pretty hysterical because you turn all around in a circle, back up, and then make small amounts of forward progress in an army crawl like motion. I think once you get the legs in coordination, there will be no stopping you. You are a mover. It’s a wonder your dad and I do not have crazy muscles by now from wrangling you or that you haven’t fallen off the changing pad. Lord help us. Once you start walking, I think we will be in a constant state of pursuit. You are much more independent now, and it’s simultaneously liberating and heartbreaking for this mama.

You take bottles like a normal baby now. A moment of silence, please. There were days I never thought I’d type that. You also love “solids” though we haven’t moved much past purees. I’m pretty sure you have a texture issue, something I blame your dad for. I try to give you cut up pieces of fruit, steamed veggies, beans, oatmeal etc. and for the most part you are not having it. I trust it will come in time. You love peanut butter (you are my daughter!) and yogurt. Puffs and Cheerios are also favorites, and I think your high chair might be one of your favorite places.

We love you, Ivy Jean Arnold. A fact I hope you always know to your very core.

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  • Reply Threads for Thomas August 18, 2017 at 9:06 am

    This is such a cute post! Doesn’t time fly? This is such a fun age, and Ivy Jean is absolutely adorable!

  • Reply Jackie August 18, 2017 at 9:05 am

    This is such a beautiful post Amy. I can’t believe Ivy Jean is 9 month! She’s beautiful just like her mama and those bright blues eye…it must be so hard to say no to them. I love these updates, thanks for sharing with us. I hope you guys have a great weekend!

    xo, Jackie

  • Reply Julia Mazzucato August 18, 2017 at 8:59 am

    She is so beautiful! Can’t believe she’s already at 9 months. I love how you write these posts as notes to her to read later on in life.
    Julia・Little Miss Haute Couture

  • Reply Keri H August 18, 2017 at 8:49 am

    9 months? Oh how time flies!! Ivy Jean is so beautiful <3 You are one lucky mama!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Reply Kelly Kalinkewicz August 18, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Oh mt goodness! Sweet Ivy Jean! Can’t believe she is already 9 months old! She is absolutely gorgeous Amy!! What a gem!

    Rosy Outlook

  • Reply Britney Crawley August 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    So sweet! I love this post, Amy! Your darling little Ivy Jean is getting so big! I love her dark brows and bright eyes. Was she born on November 16th? That’s our little guy’s estimated due date! May God continue to bless Ivy with good health as she keeps hitting those precious milestones. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  • Reply Katherine Swain August 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    She is so beautiful!! I love these pictures and she seems like such a joyful baby! 🙂

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  • Reply Rach August 18, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Omg she is adorable! She is growing fast and I can’t believe she is 9 months old! So crazy to think that her next update is when she turns one!


  • Reply Laura August 18, 2017 at 7:09 am

    She is such a cutie! They get big SO fast! I think she looks like you Amy!

  • Reply Meri Wild August 18, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Awww, what a cute photos! <3 She is awesome :))


  • Reply Rachel August 18, 2017 at 6:07 am

    I cannot believe Ivy Jean is already 9 months. Where does time go? I always love these updates, she is such a sweet girl! And I love that she loves peanut butter, just like you! Beautiful pictures, too! Have a great weekend, Amy Ann!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Reply Jill August 18, 2017 at 5:59 am

    She is so sweet and I love reading your updates! She is such a blessing!

    Doused in Pink

  • Reply Meghan Conard August 18, 2017 at 5:38 am

    She is just too cute! Love these updates, Amy Ann. What a beautiful way to document her life and yours.

  • Reply Rachelle August 18, 2017 at 5:27 am

    She looks so sweet Amy, love her in those pretty little dresses and headband.


  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine August 18, 2017 at 5:17 am

    IVY JEAN is so so beautiful just like her mama!! What a miracle, a blessing and life’s sweetest joy!!! 3 month milestones were always a big deal, I think because this baby stage is so fleeting!! Enjoy every second!! Daddy is going to have to have a talk with all those boys who will want to date her, lol!!

  • Reply Anika May August 18, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Ivy Jean is so beautiful! Total stunner! Loving the update 🙂

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

  • Reply glowyshoes1 August 18, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Awww she’s such an adorable little baby… i wish you plenty more beautiful adventures with her.
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  • Reply Natali August 18, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Awwww… This is the sweetest ever… Your writing brought tears to my eyes as me as mama can relate to those feelings so well.
    Your little Ivy is gorgeous and she’s equally big blessing to you and your husband as you are to her.
    You’re a great mama Amy, all kudos to you! 🙂


  • Reply Violette August 18, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Awww she’s soooo sweet! I love her little cute face and she has amazing eyes!


  • Reply Meagan Brandon August 18, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Ivy is just too sweet, Amy! These photos you took are beautiful. Reading your post makes me really look forward to being a mama 🙂


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