I'm suffering from a MAJOR case of the winter-time blah. I can't get motivated to do much of anything, but know I'll kick myself someday when I look back on this blog and don't have an update on Baby Boy's 10th month, especially because it seems like SO MUCH has happened!
It's amazing that in ten months he can go from this little snuggly blob to a cruising, stepping, waving, babbling, growling little boy with opinions all his own.
Teeth: Over a month after cutting his fifth tooth, tooth number six appeared 2/24. And just days later (2/27), so did tooth number seven, the bottom left (2nd one over). The kid is determined to be lopsided!
Mobility: Baby Boy is everywhere and into everything. He's pulling up and cruising on anything that he can. On February 20th, he took a single step after standing all by himself for awhile. And then he promptly dropped to his knees and crawled the rest of the way. He'll walk quickly while holding fingers, stands by himself, and on March 3rd stood up in the middle of the room without pushing up on something. So we've got all of the pieces in place--we'll see how long it takes him to actually walk. He *can* climb stairs, but we don't let him yet!
Clothes: Baby Boy is still pretty solidly in size 6-9/9 month clothes. He has one pair of jammies that is size 6 months, but there are also plenty of 6-9/9 month clothes that are getting too small. I'd guess we'll move up a size in the next month.
Communication: Baby Boy knows the signs for "more" and "all done". He uses "more" to signal that he wants something to eat and has started to sign it while he's still eating. He also signs "more" while he's nursing now, too, which is sort of hilarious. He only signs "all done" when we say it. Sometimes I think he's trying to tell us that he's done, but then he'll quickly sign more again and eat more. And sometimes we think he's waving when he's signing or vice versa.
He is also using quite a few consonants now--g, b, and m are his most common. He says "mom mom mom" both while pointing at me (also a new development) but also when he's getting into his high chair, as if he's saying "more" or "yum". He also says something that sounds sort of like "all done"--it has two syllables, at least :)
Nutrition: We are still nursing here, day and night. I don't think he would notice too much if I stopped offering during the day, but I'll keep offering until he's a year old, then we'll take it from there. He does still NEED IT SO BAD overnight, though. Last night, The Hubby went to Baby Boy when he woke up at 9:30 and Baby Boy put his head down on The Hubby's shoulder, then sat up straight and pointed at the door. He knew where to go to get the good stuff, apparently. My pumping production has decreased quite a bit and I'm struggling to keep up with him, but his demand has reduced markedly also and is easily appeased by solids.
Speaking of solids, Baby Boy is a pretty big fan of eating. He growls and makes all sort of crazy noises when you put him in his high chair and don't have food for him RIGHT NOW. When I'm cooking, he'll crawl into the kitchen and start smacking his lips at me. He LOVED having hot dogs and likes it whenever he gets food off of someone else's plate. He love carbs (pancakes, especially), avocados, pasta, and some veggies. He'll eat any fruit you give him, so far.
Sleep: I'm honestly fairly embarrassed to even post about his sleep. At over 10 months old, my baby is still waking about 4 times per night. I'm exhausted. He wants to eat almost every time he wakes up if it's been at least two hours since he last ate. I'd thought that we'd figured out that he was going to bed too late and that was why he was waking. We started eating super-quick meals, crock pot meals, doing anything we could to get him to bed earlier. And he's still waking up. It isn't the 4-8 times per night that it was, but it's still not good. The Hubby, Baby Boy, and I are all exhausted and running on fumes every single day. Happily, Baby Boy is still pleasant and happy almost all the time, even being short on sleep. He sleeps best in our bed, so there are nights when I nurse him to sleep and he just stays in our bed for a few hours. Unfortunately, The Hubby and I are then incredibly sore the following day after laying in one position all night, trying our hardest not to roll over on the baby.
Likes: Avocado, screaming, his sister, throwing things, pushing buttons, being on the go, putting things into other things, playing Godzilla and knocking down block towers, anything his sister is doing, trying to throw himself down the stairs, unrolling toilet paper, getting mommy's cookbooks, opening cabinets and playing with the contents, baths in the sink, playing in close proximity to the other daycare kids, music, peek-a-boo, looking at books
Dislikes: Staying asleep, baby gates, being confined, having to wait (especially for food), laying still for diaper changes, getting buckled into his car seat
For ten months, you've been providing me with happiness that I didn't know possible. You may not sleep, but you honestly make up for it by being so happy all of the time. The smile you give me when your daddy brings you into my bedroom makes my annoyance over being awake AGAIN dissolve.
Your favorite person in the world is your sister. Everything she does fascinates you. You two play together incredibly well. She can be a little rough, but I think you like it. It is awfully hard to scold her for being so rough with you when you're belly laughing at her.
Some days it feels like you were just born, but more days it seems like you've been a part of our family forever. Your sister doesn't remember life without you. I had fears of not being able to love you as much as I love your sister, but my heart has grown like The Grinch's to give me the ability to love you both an incredible amount.
I love you, my beautiful little man.
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