At nine months, Matthew loves to walk around and around and around the furniture. At least when he isn't motor-crawling across the floor in a quest to get into all the things Daddy has told him he mustn't touch. There might be a bit of mischief in this one... He also has definitely started the temper tantrum stage. Luckily he is usually pretty smiley and cute. Plus he is quite capable of amusing himself, which is helpful. He especially enjoys playing with Elizabeth's toy tea set. This is only allowed while she is at school since he isn't old enough to rat us out yet (let's just say that Elizabeth doesn't necessarily want to share all her baby-appropriate toys).
Matthew is a definite flirt who loves to play peek-a-boo. He particularly likes to make other people do things such as clapping or pressing the keys on the piano during Elizabeth's nightly piano practice. He is very talkative and while we aren't quite ready to say he talks, he does have a credible "da da da" and "muuuuummmm" sound when looking at Mom and Dad, and an "Ah duh" when signing all done.
After such a promising start, I am sad to report that Matthew has started rejecting food, depending on his mood. We're guessing part of the increased pickiness is due to a very stubborn cold that Elizabeth has shared with her brother. Poor Matthew has spent weeks coughing and gagging on his nasal excretions. It probably also doesn't help that he is continuously teething. He's up to four teeth! In any case, Matthew is pretty definite about what he wants to eat signing done as soon as a food he doesn't want makes an appearance. Cheerios are rarely appreciated - he's like our own personal pez dispenser. Insert dry cheerio, and out pops slimy cheerio. Despite some food rejection, he still eats exponentially more than Elizabeth ever did. He very much likes grapes and cucumbers. Rice is popular, as is sucking out the insides of a tomato. Matthew is an extraordinarily messy eater but when he's hungry he literally shovels the food in, two hands at a time. He can do unspeakable things to a muffin and the floor under the highchair is often crunchy after meals.