Ok, so Caleb is 9 months old now. He is 75th % height (29") and 50th% weight (20lbs. 11oz.) now. His loss of baby fat and slower growing rate is undoubtedly due to the fact that he is incredibly mobile now. He army crawls very fast all over the place. He can switch from crawling to sitting and back again without any problems. And he pulls himself up to a stand or a kneel on just about anything he can reach. I'm sure he will try walking soon, though he's still very wobbly while he's standing up, so it might be a little while before he succeeds. He has managed to climb up onto the couch a couple of times now.
He's still just got the two bottom teeth, though his two front top teeth have been on their way in for about a week now (highly unpleasant, light fever yesterday, crazy drooling, not sleeping well, etc.)
Caleb is still a momma's boy, though he is liking his Daddy more and more. He gives him big smiles and lets him hold him when he gets home from work every day. He also still likes Aiden bunches, and will follow him as best he can crawling when Aiden runs from room to room. They occasionally try to play together, which Caleb loves, though Aiden still has a bit of a hard time sharing and being soft and not knocking Caleb over accidentally (or occasionally on purpose).
Still not sleeping through the night. I really need to re-train him so he can fall asleep without nursing. Maybe we will start on that next week (hoping, of course, that the teeth will have popped through by then and stop bugging him so much).
He's eating stage 3 baby foods (which only come in jars, so I have been collecting ideas for crafts with baby food jars). He likes them, but he absolutely loves eating small pieces of bread, cheerios, animal crackers, biter biscuits, crackers, and small pieces of real food. So, with the approving nod of the pediatrician, we are going to start sharing more "table food" with him, which I'm sure will make him extremely happy. He's quite fond of his transition bottle/cup currently, but only if it has juice in it. I need to start trying to get him to drink from a sippy cup.
He is "talking" a fair amount now. He knows how to sign "more" and recognizes the sign for "all done". We are working on "milk", "sleep", and other basic signs. He still is grabbing things with his whole palm rather than a nice pincer grasp. I'm sure he'll figure it out soon though.
Other than being cranky when he's sleepy or hungry, he's still a very pleasant happy boy almost all the time. He has his moments of freaking out because I walked out of the room or he got surprised by something or whatever, but not quite as often as he used to. He's got the most adorable grin. He still looks bald, because his hair that is slowly growing in is so fine and light that you can't see it.
Aiden has taken to pretending to be a baby himself. He crawls around and makes squeaky noises and waves his arms at me and asks me to hold him. I think he's a bit jealous of the amount of attention Caleb gets. Though he has started pretending to be a dog or a cat just as often now, so it's a nice change of pace (and a little less demanding than when he pretends to be a baby).
I've got pictures to post up soon.