I skipped a month!
Abby's 9th birthday was on the first. She's grown so much this summer. Her little kid-ness is disappearing quickly. Toys aren't holding her attention like crafts and books are. Perfecting super fast turns on her bike and mastering all monkey bars are top priority. We got Abby's ears pierced. We took her to a piercer who did them fast and nearly painless. Getting her ears pierced felt like a rite of passage for her. Abby said she felt a bit more grown up afterwards.
Happy Birthday, my Abby.