Dear Sweets –
On Monday you turned 10 months! Holy cow – where did the time go?! You are just getting bigger and bigger! and cuter and cuter!
You have really been practicing your waving. You used to wave with your palm facing you, and sometimes you still do, but really you now wave like a big boy! You continue to be a quick crawler – if I happen to leave Ruby’s bed out, you will make a beeline for it! You cruise around the furniture, but don’t love the little walker we got for you (yet). I think you are just not quite ready for it.
You can crawl all the way up stairs! It is a lot of good exercise for you. Sometimes, though, you wise up and ask for a lift halfway through. You really are into your books these days – you love Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, My Very Own Name, Corduroy, and This is the Firefighter. You will go over to the books and tap on the one you want us to read. and you really pay attention when we read to you! I like all of those books, but Corduroy kind of gets on my nerves. So I can only read it but so many times.
You have been teething, which is no fun at all. You get all the text book symptoms – fever, runny nose, congestion, face rash, diaper rash, etc. I feel so bad for you, especially when you can’t sleep at night. Then I know it is really bad, since you are such a good sleeper. The ones that are coming in are the 2 on either side of your 2 front top teeth. Supposedly, the top teeth are more painful than the bottom. I just wish the whole teething process could get a little easier.
School is going well – you don’t really cry when I leave, and I know you like to play with all the kiddies. You don’t nap well at school, and, for some reason, you won’t take your bottle there either. On your long school day (9am – 230pm), I just keep you up (no napping when you get home!) so that you can go down for bed a little bit earlier, which is what you need.
We go to the Children’s Museum about once a week. That family membership is already paid off, I believe! You like crawling through the “tunnel” and sitting in the trucks. You also get Spidey on me and climb up the slide! It is actually very impressive.
You have really been enjoying bath time, splashing around and really playing with your bath toys. We still only take an official bath every other day, but when you have poops, I usually do tops and tails in the sink, so you get many mini-bath throughout each day.
Park time has been much more enjoyable with the cooler weather. You love to swing, and then crawl around and put everything in your mouth. You’d crawl through the gravel, if I would let you. I guess your knees know no pain – they have gotten toughened up from the hardwood and marble floors at home.
I think you are getting leaner, as you don’t really eat as much as you used to. I wish you’d eat more, but I certainly can’t force you to! You are long, and have long legs. Everyone comments so! PoPo now says that you really have your own opinions and ideas, and to try to make you do otherwise just doesn’t work. She loves you so much, as do I.
You are still a laid back little dude, and I love that your personality is coming out more and more. You still love anything that is not a toy – it is like you have a radar and go immediately for the non-toy in a room full of toys. Occasionally we will watch maybe 10 minutes of PBS Sprout (podcasts) and you really love Chica (the chicken puppet). You will laugh and scream when she “talks”.
I really love getting you out of your crib in the morning – you are in high spirits and so happy to see me! I also love when you are a little tired, and you want to snug snug with me – otherwise you have no time for that! I really love you so, so, so, so much. You are the best baby there is, and I am the luckiest mom around! I am glad we are having so much fun together!