Well, we know know why our little baby has been chowing down and storing up chub for the last nine months. He's been preparing himself to motor around the house and get into everything! Whew. This month he learned to pull himself up, to crawl fast and to climb stairs and nothing is daunting to my boy as he chugs along. He rates pretty low on balance which has resulted in several bruises already.

He shrieks happily when he sees us, leans his head in affectionately, and does big, slobbery open mouthed kisses on available cheeks. He giggles and giggles when he sees puppets and laughs like crazy when he gets zerberts on his belly.

Here he is on the old chair:

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Now this is the problem with pulling yourself up when you are a baby. You don't know how to get down. Oh, it's a bummer when you are tired and should be napping.

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Sometimes you may pause and think that help is on the way but no, mummy is just taking pictures.

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Standing up sure makes my little baby seem like... a big baby.

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Theo's been rocking out and composing some tunes.

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We pulled out some of the bigger baby toys for him and have to kick his brothers off the table as they take a stroll down memory lane and remember toys of the past.

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Swinging is a big hit too.

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Just love this one of Ruby playing with him that I took from my perch on the monkey bars.

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Standing has allowed him access to new toys too. Here Theo heaves himself up to the train table.

Theo looks at the train.

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Theo eats the train. Pretty predictable.

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He also likes to munch on my recycling. I pulled half a sudoko puzzle out of his mouth as he began gagging the other day.

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We love every bit of this nine month old boy. Even the busy moments of chasing him down before he escapes out the back door or climbs the stairs are shared. The kids haul him back to the safety of the family room where he plots his next escape...and we all laugh about it.

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Could there be a sunnier smile?

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The rubber arm reaches out and grabs a flower.

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"Mama, take one of me and the Chubster. I love him."

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Yep, we all do. He is the little sunshine that we all orbit around.

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