Sunday, February 22, 2015

our TEN month old

Our sweet growing little guy is TEN whole months. We couldn't be more thankful for you James, and all that you add to our family. This past month you have decided that it is seriously time to MOVE. And keep up with sister. Whenever you are down you find something to pull up on. You are "walking" laps around the coffee table and your crib and attempting to climb the stairs and anything else you can find to practice your new favorite activity. Life has been BUSY, and fun, and exhausting, and so full.
You are maybe sleeping a tad better too. We have put into place some new sleep routines, attempted to be 100% consistent with how we put you to sleep and how we respond to you in the middle of the night and have talked with a great sleep coach for some advice, because this mama has decided that nobody has time to walk around like a zombie for what feels like the rest of my life. We have seen improvements for sure and continuing our gentle approach to training you to love sleep like the rest of us :)
Food is your favorite. I haven't met a food you don't love. You eat everything. We have tried strawberries, peaches, broccoli, carrots, and peas most recently. You gobbled them all up. Bananas, Pears Avocado, and Sweet Potato are still some strong favorites for sure. You usually eat 3 solid food meals a day and nursing 5-6 times a day. We also are doing Mum Mum crackers and some soft apple chips and you think we are big stuff having a "snack".
Appart from moving and eating, your love love love to "talk". The babbling and even some words has been so so fun these past few weeks. You say "mama" and "da" appropriately. You say "hi" and "bye" and wave your fat little hand. SO CUTE. You also say "Ba" and that can mean either Bella or Bottle. The screaming has subsided some and we are so thankful buddy. Talk to us all you want. We were really working on the sign for more at the table, and you mr. smarty pants decided you didn't want to sign, but instead just say "more". Great. Love it. Just don't scream.
 James, you also have realized that Caroline is pretty fun, and you want to be doing exactly what she is doing. If she is playing with blocks, you need to be right in the middle of it and knocking things over. So I am realizing the beginning of this sibling rivalry thing is starting.Some other fun things include the fact that you still adore your bath. I am confident you would literally stay in there for hours if I let you. So fun. We are completely in 12 month clothes and just made the jump to size 4 diapers. You just keep growing and growing big guy!
Some highlights from the past month..
Lots of moving and eating and playing in your "car"... and tons of SMILING!
Conversations with your crazy-haired friend in the mirror ;)
pretending playtime with sister in a "spaceship"
Family day hiking in Shenandoah National Park... loving a beautiful february sunday outside!
First time in the swing... and LOVED IT!

Lots of "getting in trouble" by climbing the stairs and unrolling the toilet paper. You're such a boy!
Play dates with Young Lives baby friends. 
First bubble bath... and it was a bubble explosion! 
Favorite activity is climbing and walking around under the dining room table. We think you'll be a future fort builder one day. 
And LOTS more car / bike racing around inside with Caroline. Love seeing you two play!

Thanks again for being our sweet little guy. We love you more than you can ever imagine buddy!

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