I still can’t believe it when I tell people, but yes, the baby is ten months old. And I’m already planning his first birthday party (*tears*)
He’s growing into such a charmer, with a very strong sense of self!! Here’s some updates!
First, can I just say, photo shoots have gotten seriously harder. He WILL NOT SIT STILL in the Nap Nanny. Not to mention he destroys the Sticky Bellies month sticker the minute I put it on – I finally resorted to sticking it on his bum, but then he wouldn’t stay still on his belly either. Here’s all I could get this month! The last one in this set just cracks me up – so grouchy at picture time!
Hair: The peach fuzz is getting a tad thicker, but still he is a fairly bald baby!
Teeth: One lone tooth still sparkles at us every time he does his famous cheesy grin (he grins so hard, it cracks us all up!). I love how his nose wrinkles!
Movement: Still not really crawling, he’s perfected his one-arm Army crawl, although he gets up on his knees and rocks, and is pulling himself up / kneeling while playing. He definitely loves to move though and it’s nearly impossible to change his diaper without him flipping over on us to see what’s going on.
Toys: He loves everything – balls, squeakers, anything his brother has at the moment. He’s just getting into driving a car or train back and forth on the floor. He hasn’t developed a “favorite” toy that I can tell yet.
Communication: He can sign “milk,” he claps and waves on command, and I think he’s trying to sign “more” but it really ends up being him punching me in the chest instead of meeting his other hand! Also, he LOVES to blow raspberries any time he finds a neck, check, arm, etc. Over and over – it is so funny! He does a lot of babbling, and can make the sounds “ma-ma,” “da-da,” and “ba-ba” but isn’t using them intentionally. This is so odd for me as our older son already had a large handful of words he was saying by this point (I know, not to compare, but just… well, it’s funny to see how they are so different).
Eating: It’s non-stop. In fact, I am a little concerned because I don’t think I’ve ever seen him stop eating before I cut him off. He’ll eat just about anything (but if it’s green it has to come from a jar, because apparently homemade green stuff is not acceptable!). So it’s great that Earth’s Best (of course!) sent me the Veggie Purees pouches last month for him! I can tell he does miss the sweet fruity-ness, but gets a lot of good green veggie nutrition this way! (Try Carrots & Broccoli or Squash and Peas for best bets!). He can already eat a pouch by himself, but it is still a messy event!
He’s actually eating a lot of “real / whole” foods… as long as they are soft and easy to grasp, he will gum it and eat it! I’ve watched him down a whole roasted sweet potato in one sitting (and this is after nursing!), then happily reach for cheese, Cheerios, and whatever else is around. I don’t think he ever has a clean face unless it’s right after bath time! (which he loooooves).
Breastfeeding: He’s still nursing five times a day, just about. Very distracted at this point so it’s easier when he’s sleepy. He has a bad habit of pushing on my chest with his outer arm while he nurses. I am going to see my breastfeeding specialist as this can get rather uncomfortable over time and I can’t seem to break him of this habit. Anybody else have a “strong-arm” baby?
Sleeping: (Break out the band music!) He’s been sleeping through the night MOST nights the past two weeks. This is, to me, nothing short of a miracle as our first son didn’t start REGULARLY sleeping through the night until about two and a half!! He will sleep generally from 7:45/8:00 pm to almost 7:00 am. Excited!!!
Cloth diapering: We’re still CD-ing full time for the most part. However, I’m noticing the same rashing with him that started with my first son RIGHT about this age (between 8-10 months). I am fairly sure it’s teething or ammonia at this point, since I dealt with this so much in the past. I’m trying various creams but nothing takes it away better than just putting him in disposables for a few changes with lots of cream. Especially overnight to keep the moisture really away from his skin. Fortunately, as an Earth’s Best blogger, I was sent their chlorine-free disposable diapers at no charge to try out. They are made from only chlorine free absorbent materials (with natural absorbent materials like corn and wheat) that are NEVER treated with chlorine bleaching agents. It’s nice to know when I have to help my baby’s bum heal up, I can reach for these diapers. We’ve not had a leak yet and they’ve been working great at night-time (I always have ammonia issues with night time diapering!).
And… he still loves to hug and snuggle. We’ve all just grown deeper in love with this little boy every month! We’re excited for the start of summer with him and to see what he does next? Will it be words or walking first? Can’t wait to find out!
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