Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Almost 10 months...

Dear H,

In just one week you will be double digits old! You have now lived on this earth as long as you swam in my belly, and it's amazing what you've accomplished in such a short time. We're visiting your grandparents right now and the house is covered in photographs of you (of course), and it's a sweet reminder of what you were like just a few months ago. You were such a little thing! Now everyone comments how much you're looking like a boy, not a baby.

These days you are around 20 lbs (according to the oh so accurate bathroom scale) and holding you is becoming a challenge. After a few minutes my biceps start to burn, and it doesn't help that you've become a very squirmy boy. Reaching, lunging, arching your back to try to escape my grasp. Yes, holding you is a challenge. But when we put you on the ground you're pretty content to just sit there. Maybe you only like to perform you acrobatic maneuvers from the safety of our arms? Whatever the reason, you are still our stationary boy, though if forced to go onto your belly you are now pushing yourself up to your hands and knees. I know I should just enjoy these pre-mobile days as life will surely be more challenging when you're on the go, but I can't help but be anxious for you to start moving and exploring the world on your own more.

You are getting to be just so chatty! You speak what's on your mind, and make your points emphatically. If only we knew what you were trying to tell us. You've started to copy sounds we are making, and when I say 'wheeee' while pushing you on the swing it's often echoed by your 'eeeeee'. Your conversation always makes us laugh, and you may have said your first word last weekend while staring at a picture of deer. It was 'deer'. Other words you may be saying include 'indeed' and 'kajiji'. But like I said, we're having a hard time translating.

You are eating more and more finger foods, and I've started letting you try almost anything on my plate. You have 6 teeth and love putting them to use! So far you've got a very open mind and seem to like almost everything you try. Little by little you're appetite is growing, and the other day you ate an entire banana's worth of baby banana pancakes. We still nurse quite a bit, but it's down to every 4 hours or so and usually just once during the night. You are solid three nap baby these days, but you might be ready for just two naps soon.

People often comment on what a happy and calm baby you are. You are generally pretty laid back and able to just go with the flow. So long as there is someone to give you some attention, you'll tolerate travel (even hours and hours in the car), missed naps, or sitting at a restaurant for a couple hours while mom visits with friends. It may take you a bit to warm up to new people, but once you've given someone the stamp of approval you melt their hearts with your sweet smiles and laughs. Seeing you with family and friends is such an unexpected joy, it's so fun watching you with the people I love.

We're in the home stretch now of our first year together. Thanks for making it so much fun to be a mom, little man. There's no one I'd rather be doing this thing with than you.


1 comment:

theRachel said...

Such a sweet tribute to a lovely little boy!