9 Months? Martha Ann!

Martha Ann….9 months and still absolutely precious! Trying to get a sweet shot of her was challenging. She is on the move and does not see the value of sitting in one spot. There is just too much to see and do.

Martha is cruising everywhere. She is now boldly traveling down the hallway to see where the other kiddos keep going. She loves to sit with Mary and help play the piano. And the kitchen cabinets are always fun to explore.

At 9 months, Martha has one little tooth and we think a second is on the way. She is not interested in eating yet. This distresses my older kiddos greatly. Martha will grab food on my plate, look at it and then drop it. I keep reminding them that when she is ready, she’ll eat at the table. No rush!

Over the past few days, Martha has shown that when the mood strikes her, she can stand on her own. I can see her definitely walking before she is a year. If you ask her about it, I’m sure she will just play her “poker face”. She saves the smiles and laughter for home. She has earned her first bruise. Yeah, Martha!

And I’m pretty sure we have another red head with Martha. How can you resist a face like that?

Happy 9 months, Martha Ann!


Do you have a fussy baby due to teething?

We learned many babies ago to stay away from gum numbing medicines. We prefer to use Hyland’s Teething Tablets, infant pain reliever when necessary, and chewing on hard, cold items that bring a bit of relief.  Guess who is teething?

Laundry basket

Martha and Sarah – Sweet Sisters

Little Miss Martha has become Little Miss Cranky! She isn’t sleeping well and really enjoys some extra cuddling. There are times when a mom just has to do certain things like eat and discuss the joys of Algebra with older children. (Joy and Algebra is the same sentence is kind of scary, yes? That could be its own blog post!) While I can and do eat while dealing with a fussy baby, Martha is blessed with siblings who beg to play with her.

Laundry basket train


One of Martha’s favorite toys is a laundry basket.  She loves for the basket to be upside down so she can “push and walk” across the carpet. She has also discovered the delight in being pulled or pushed around like a sweet, little princess. Hannah was the muscle of the operation today. I think Hannah pulled her around for 15 min or more? Martha was content to sit and enjoy.

Baby and Gnome

Princess Martha with her cute gnome.

Hannah, being quite the pro with little babies, would fall down (purposely) with great dramatic flair. Martha thought it was hilarious and discovered her squeal today. A really cute, high pitched squeal. I dutifully tried to video her and she wouldn’t make a sound.

Baby in a basket

A little gleam in her eye…

The laundry basket rides really help to cheer up the fussy, teething baby. There is a down side; or two. One, my laundry basket can’t hold all my laundry when being used as a baby wagon. Two, Martha is getting a bit attached to this attraction and was not pleased this evening when Mary was tired of pushing her.

How to you deal with a fussy, teething baby?

Martha Ann ~ 8 months

Late. I was mentally kicking myself for posting the monthly Martha report late again. Then it dawned on me that “late” is perfectly acceptable since Little Miss went 2 weeks past her due date. She likes to be fashionably late!


I diligently tried to get the “blanket photo”. Using the same blanket with the sweet teddy bear each month to show how much Martha had grown. Hmm, Martha wasn’t overly impressed with this idea. It took three, yes, 3, of us to keep her stationary long enough to take a few photos. And a snake.

Look at that face!  Who was she looking at? Her daddy was sitting on the couch talking silly trying to keep her in one spot. Bekah was off to the side ready to grab Martha and put her back on the blanket. I was snapping pictures like crazy. Thankfully, I caught some shots that really show Martha.

When we are away from home, Martha is a different child. She doesn’t give away her smiles or giggles. She has a lovely “I’m not smiling no matter what you do ” face. Literally, we have been in the check out line at Walmart with folks behind us doing a comedy routine trying to get her to smile. She gives them nothing. Nada. Zilch.

At home? She is a giggling, laughing, chattering bundle of joy!  She has a smile that lights up the room. From the starting of the day, someone is always sharing smiles with her. She is babbling and chattering away. She really finds it funny when she destroys the latest block creation or doll’s house. Who cares when you see a face like this?

Although it seems like she is growing up too fast, Martha still enjoys cuddling and rocking. Today, I spent the afternoon holding her while she napped. Treasure the little moments! They go by so quickly. While I love watching her reach the different milestones, I am secretly delighted that she isn’t cruising around yet. Savoring the moment!

Happy 8 months, Martha Ann!