You are ten months old today, little Bea!
For you ten months means:
-teeth! Six are down….Including front and bottom two. You have a little gap just like your sis. So cute!
-food! You are hungry and you always seem to have a preference about what you want. You are over puffs, squeeze pouches, and anything with a slimy or gooey texture (bananas). We have to keep it coming and find new things for you everyday. Right now you prefer table food and to feed yourself. Tomorrow, who knows! Despite this, your weight seems to be plateauing in the 17lb range. Funny, your sis did this too and nearly dropped off the charts by 1. The doctor tried to guilt me about it but I feel a lot more justified now knowing you doing the same thing and I am feeding you the same, if not more!
-standing, cruising, tip toes, on the go! This month you have really taken off–literally. You have even started standing for a few seconds at a time. Very impressive!
-picking up, waving (kind of), clapping (sort of), imitating our actions and noises. Strangers comment all the time on what a social and engaging baby you are. You love to catch peoples’ eyes and then give them a big, mushy smile. Perhaps our extrovert?
-paci. Although you still take a paci to help you fall asleep at night, you rarely want it during the day and often don’t sleep with it in. I hope this means it will be an easy wean for you.
-preferences. You have started to find your voice (loud!) and exert your desires. If we pick you up when you don’t want to be, your arms go straight up, making it almost impossible to hold you. If you see something you want, you race towards it or nearly leap from our arms in order to get it. You are coming into your own.
For us ten months means:
-a whole month a part from daddy :(. He can’t believe how big you’ve become in his absence
-a little less sleep. You and I have been meeting in the nights, most nights. I don’t mind too much though, you eat quickly and fall back asleep quickly too. Your sister went through the exact same phase at this age. Not sure if it’s teething, growth spurt, or what.
-a lot more aware of your presence. We have to keep an eye on you all the time now. You are into it all: toilet paper, electrical outlets, plants. You are so curious about the world and put everything into your mouth
-a new schedule. Rarely will you nap in the car anymore and you are about ready to outgrow the baby seat anyway. Most days that means you sacrifice your morning nap so we can get out of the house. You are just about giving it up though and takes long afternoon ones when you do. I am a bit more in tune to your cues and wish I had followed those with MG rather than living so strictly by a schedule. Take that to heart, stressed out first time moms. You’ll get better with time and experience.
We’ve known you for 304 days now, little one. Are hearts are bursting with love for you!