I think he's so cute!
On Wednesday we went to his 9 month check-up. He weighed 18 pounds, 1.5 ounces (20th percentile) and was 30 inches long (95th percentile). So he is pretty long and skinny! He's doing so well. He is starting to take steps (the other day he took 4 consecutive steps without falling), and his new favorite game is "So Big," which he does constantly. I probably say, "So big!" at least 30 times each day. He's already in size 4 shoes (still has extremely long feet and big hands!) and still loves reading books, singing songs, and playing games. His mischievous streak comes out more and more each day as he gets a sly smile on his face and does something slightly naughty, such as biting/pulling hair/pinching. He loves emptying things, drinking water, grabbing noses, and being outside.
One funny thing is that he has a book with photos of different animals in it, and there is a photo of a bee. Well, the bee is a fairly dark color, and it is about the same size and shape in the book as a cockroach. So every time we would get to that page, Talmage would lift his hand high up into the air and smack the bee hard! I guess he has seen us kill enough cockroaches to learn what to do when you see one!
He has decided he no longer needs a morning nap, he is so lively and full of energy, and he is always busy and into everything! He gets restless and bored easily, but he is very good-natured at the same time. We love him so much!
P.S. About the cockroaches...if you're sick of reading about them (and I don't blame you if you are!), you can stop reading this. But I guess the office inspected all of the apartments in our building because of the problem we have been having and they discovered that our next door neighbor has some major issues. They professionally bug-bombed her apartment, filling it with toxic gas, and the office is taking some pretty serious action to fix the state of things. Hopefully this means that the problem will be resolved such that we don't take it with us to our new place in a month, which is something I have been concerned about! Although it is repulsive, it is comforting to open a cupboard and see hundreds (literally!!) of dead cockroaches. Needless to say, we're still living pretty much on cold cereal and sandwiches. :)
Also, I will get caught up on here eventually. Things have been crazy. I think there is some sort of natural law that when you vacation with small children, it takes at least as much time after you return home as the vacation itself lasted to settle back into your regular routine and get back on track.