You are 10 months old and weigh 17 lbs 2 oz! I often look at you and wonder where the time went. I think back to the day we brought you home from the hospital. An itty bitty 5 lb. 5 oz. baby girl who looked so tiny in her crib and didn’t even fit into her swaddle blanket because you didn’t meet the weight requirement! And now I look at you, crawling around the house giggling and babbling. People with kids always warned me how fast the time would go once you were here and they were right, turbo speed. The past 10 months have been filled with laughter, smiles, silliness, a few tears, some sleepless nights (only a few, you rock in this department) but most importantly a love that I never knew existed until you were born. You, my beautiful little girl, have been the best thing that has ever happened to your daddy and me.
At 10 months old, you:
– Said your first word, “hi”. On a late Sunday afternoon the three of us were walking when a tiny little “hi” came out from the stroller. I looked at Daddy, he looked at me and simultaneously we said to one another, “Did she just say hi?”
– Wave. You’ll wave to anyone and everyone. Sometimes you wave to yourself and sometimes you just move your fingers, watching in awe what your little hand is doing.
– Could win a “walking with help” race, hands down. You are SO fast! I’m convinced you are going to be quite the athlete based on how early you wanted to stand and were always moving your legs.
– Crawl everywhere!
– Play independently and love to make noise. Your favorite is taking two small hard plastic balls and banging them together.
– Are starting to cruise along the furniture, especially the coffee table which makes mommy super nervous…
– LOVE to play with your toes, whether they are in your mouth or you are just holding on to them with your hands.
– Recognize what the word “no, no” means even though you don’t always obey (but for the most part you are pretty good with this).
– Say “da da da da da” CONSTANTLY and I think you even try to say “all done” as well. You said “Ma” once but that was it. But hey, once is better than not at all in my book.
– Love to dance. Your Aunt Jen and Uncle Ryan bought you a beautiful music box for your baptism and you love to dance and dip with mommy or daddy before bed time. It is ADORABLE to see you smile and laugh.
– Are not so sure about Grandma and Papa’s doggy, Sadie. You fully understand what the word doggy means because you instantly look up almost as if anticipating a slobbery kiss from the 90 lb. retriever.
– Have had 3 (double) ear infections. Boo!! You do pretty well though, if it wasn’t for you pulling on your ear, we probably wouldn’t have known since you hardly cry at all.
-Love to play “chase” with daddy. He crawls on the floor and you crawl after him. He begins to chase you around and you try to crawl as fast as you can to safety while giggling uncontrollably. So cute!
-Play peek-a-boo with a blanket.
-Are getting better at feeding yourself. In fact, you’ll shake your head and push the spoon or food away if mommy or daddy tries to help you. You are becoming very independent and want to do it all yourself.
-Eating quite the variety of foods: Mandarin oranges, peaches, blueberries, watermelon, grapes, and strawberries you could eat every day for every meal. Pancakes, pot roast, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken, cheese, yogurt, pasta, mashed potatoes, Ritz crackers, and tator tot casserole are some of your favorites too.
-Still just have those 2 bottom teeth although I think you may be working on the top ones.
-Love to blow raspberries and particularly love to blow them on my arm or even my chest!
-On the weekends still nursing 5 times a day!! Mommy is slowly trying to wean you and aims to be done around your 1 year birthday BUT I think you may have other plans…
-If I say, “Where’s dada?” you’ll turn your head to look for him and then give him a big smile once you see him. Awww!
– Graduated out of your baby carrier to a big girl seat in the car. You love to look out the windows and see the world from a different seat but you are still backward facing and it will probably stay that way for some time yet.
-Go to sleep on your own at night. Mommy feeds you right before bed and lays you in your crib when you are finished. You stick your butt up in the air, rub the sheet with one hand, and lay there until your eyes drift closed.
You, my pretty little girl, are so happy! You wake up every morning babbling and with a smile. You are the best part of my morning, noon, and night.