OK, I know this is a little bit different for a thread topic. The reason I started this thread is because 2 days ago, Gabriel turned 9 months old. But he is now widely known as the missing 8 month old Baby Gabriel. The first year of a baby's life, they go through so many changes, and they learn new things constantly. I wanted to start this thread to TRY to keep track of some of the new changes Gabe might be going through, new milestones he might be meeting. Some of these things might be important for people to keep in mind when keeping an eye out for a baby matching Gabriel's description. I don't expect this thread to be of great help in finding Gabriel, but it can't hurt to keep in mind that Gabriel is changing SO fast right now. The pictures we've seen of him, he is less than 8 months old. More than a month has already passed.
For the next few months, seperation anxiety is usually at it's peak in 9 month old babies.
At 9 months, babies have learned to recognize their normal surroundings and when in strange places, they may act clingy or cranky.
At 9 months many babies start to become opinionated (about things such as what foods they want to eat, what toys to play with, etc.)
During this period your baby will probably learn to creep, crawl and otherwise get around the room. He or she may even pull up in the bed or on furniture and begin "cruising" around the room.
Responds to his or her own name.
(Gabriel probably knows his name, and if being called something else, would not likely respond to it yet.)
Understands a few words such as "no-no" and "bye-bye."
Begins developing certain concepts - for example, your child will retrieve a toy after he or she watched you put it under a blanket.
May say "dada" or "mama" but not specifically.
Sits well independently.
Bangs two toys together.
Plays interactive games well such as peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake.
Perhaps the most striking developmental achievement is the use of fingers and thumb to poke, pry, probe and pick up smaller and smaller objects.
Sleeps through the night except for an occasional night wakening.
The 9-month-old has now learned to be "cool" or even a little afraid of certain strangers - even family members he or she does not see very often. The baby of this age also begins to take a dim view of being examined by their doctor.
Often has one or both bottom front teeth.
(Gabriel MIGHT be getting teeth in at this time.)
ETA: I hope other parents will contribute to this.