I’m back again, and this time baby,, you’re TEN!!
I mean, really? We’re at double digits already? Crazy, buddy. It’s absolutely crazy how fast time flies. I’m already working on organizing your FIRST birthday party for pete’s sake! Though there are definitely moments where I miss that teeny tiny baby you once were, I’m absolutely loving life with you now more than ever. And month nine was a biiiiiiig one!
The day you turned nine months, you started crawling. Sure it wasn’t pretty. And to be honest, it still isn’t. It’s what I like to call a peg-leg army crawl. You lie flat on your belly, and using your right leg only, you push forward. There’s no grace to it whatsoever. But you’re able to get from point A to B just fine! And your speed is actually impressive. So like they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! You’ll get those knees up underneath you one of these days.
So far you’re not a total terror despite your newfound mobility. Mommy hasn’t even baby-proofed the house yet! But she has a feeling her grace period is quickly coming to an end.
Just over a week ago, I put you down for your morning nap. And to my surprise, when I heard your sweet voice on the baby monitor telling me nap time was over, I turned on the screen to find you sitting up all by yourself! Until then you hadn’t been able to switch from lying to sitting all by yourself. But, tada! And now,, you’re even able to pull yourself up from sitting to standing! Your little chubby legs sure are strong, buddy. You’ll be walking in no time.
In other mobility news, you’ve found a new love for dancing. It’s no two-step, but it’s a sweet little bounce that Mommy can’t get enough of. Hopefully you grow up with better rhythm than Mommy and Daddy!
Mommy took you to the Monon on a warm Saturday morning in April where we met up with her running friends, the Perfect Strangers. It was nice and early (730a), and you’d already had a nice breakfast, so I figured you would ride along peacefully in the BOB while we ran, and take a nice nap on the drive home. Well, you did well for the first third of our six miler. But a short while later you became a little mad man. Crying. Incosolable. It could’ve been noise overload from girly PS chatter. Or maybe you were just over it and wanted your crib. Either way, it wasn’t a pleasant 3 mile run back to the car. When we finally got back home, you still weren’t happy. Sassy, in fact. Well, long story short, we soon figured out the reason behind your anger,,,,
Yes, sir! On April 26th, we [finally] saw two little razors break through the skin of your bottom gums. And besides that one day of madness, you never once showed any more signs of discomfort. They just popped right on up! And they’re pretty sweet if you ask me. I thought I’d miss your toothless grin terribly. But I’m pretty smitten with this new smile you’re flashing 🙂
And as of last week, you’re already starting to sprout your two front teeth! Four in one month,, that’s impressive! Mommy noticed a little blister on one of your gums one night (apparently called a “teething blister”), and next thing we knew, there was a little white thing popping through! And thankfully, there were no sassy days with these two teeth. Just a lot of drool. I’m still thanking those amber beads.
You’re eating mostly finger foods this month, which has been pretty fun. It’s been nice to be a little more creative with your meals. I’ve also been trying to let you take the reigns at meal times. But it’s funny,, when I actually do try to feed you with a spoon, most of the time you either bat the spoon away or take the food directly off of it and feed yourself. Or my favorite,, spraying it clear across the room. Hey, I guess you only learn independence one way!
Here’s a list of some new foods this month:
- White potatoes
- Mac & cheese (Annie’s)
- Waffles (with bananas and/or apples)
- Red beans
- Ice cream!
- Black bean burger
So far, no bad reactions to food! Hooray! Except,,, last month we tried some cinnamon on your applesauce and you got a little redness on your face. Well, Mom decided to retry it to see what would happen, and unfortunately the same thing occurred. After speaking with the nurse at Dr. Christy’s office, we decided to tentatively list it as an allergy and avoid it as much as possible. No snickerdoodles for you, bummer 🙁
Another big thing in the food department this month was that we finally started supplementing you with formula. This broke your Mama’s heart, babe. She’s so proud she was able to exclusively BF you for 10 whole months. But she knew how important it was that you were getting enough milk and unfortunately she wasn’t able to keep up with you as easily as she used to. So now our schedule is nursing twice a day, morning and night, with two 6oz bottles of formula during the day. This seems to be a great plan. You have had absolutely NO problem adjusting to the formula. In fact, you get pretty darn excited when you see me getting a bottle ready for you. I’m grateful for the time I can still spend nursing you. It’s quite special and I’m not quite ready to give it up.
Our normal day-to-day isn’t usually full of big milestones (though they’re much more frequent lately). It’s the little things that make my heart swell. Your constant babbling and high-pitched squeals (I call it your sweet voice). Your laugh. Your ticklish feet. Your obsession with Cheerios in bed. The huge smile you get when you see Mo the Monkey. Your constant flirting when we’re out and about. Even seeing you pee-pee in the bathtub makes me giggle. You’re just the best little buddy I’ve ever had, and I’m grateful for you every.single.day!
Ten Month Stats: No clue! But a nice lady at lunch last week called me a strong Mama because you are “a little chunk” (said in the nicest possible way). She must’ve seen that potbelly! Wearing some 9 month clothes, but you fit most comfortably in 12-18’s.
Milestones Achieved/ Firsts:
- Teeth (two on the bottom with two on top on the way)
- Lying to sitting.
- Sitting to standing.
- Standing, supported.
- Climbing on everything!
- First Mother’s Day! We spent the day at the zoo with your family and you bought your Mama some beautiful flowers and a ruby ring!
- Playing in the grass. Yay springtime!
Things You Like:
- Toys: Mo the Monkey, FP farmhouse, stuffed frog, giraffe on a stick, doctor set, and Gymboree beach ball.
- Books: Little Blue Truck, Sophie books, Dr. Seuss ABC, Peek A Boo, Caps for Sale, Llama Llama books.
- Eating. Nonstop. Til the cows come home.
- Making a big mess in your highchair!
- Cartoons (Daniel Tiger, Cat in the Hat, Curious George)
- Babbling/ singing/ lots of noise 🙂
- Lunching with Mommy.
- Cheerios in bed.
Things You Don’t Like:
- Getting your face/ hands wiped down after meals.
- Not getting fed fast enough.
Places We’ve Been This Month
- Fort Wayne Zoo
- Downtown Zionsville
- Broad Ripple Art Fair & post-fair ice cream at BRICS!
People We’ve Seen:
- Both sets of Grandparents, your Aunt Heather and cousins.
- Lisa & Traci, Mommy’s work friends, who came over for pizza and ice cream.
- Mom’s friend Lesley and her son, Beckett who is 6 weeks younger than you!
Exciting Upcoming Events:
- Traverse City over Memorial Day weekend.
- Spending a whole week in Michigan in June!
- Father’s Day
Things Mommy is Looking Forward To:
- All of the above.
- Pool time at the clubhouse!
- Getting your first birthday party plans in order!
And that’s it for month 9!! Month 10 is already off to an awesome start, and I can’t wait to kick off this summer together! Love you LOTS, E!