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Saturday, May 7, 2011

10 Months Old

Man oh man, what a month. It's been a whirlwind of learning, growing and exploring. Its crazy how fast we are closing in on this one year birthday. I'm already up to my elbows in crafts. I'm nostalgic and excited all at the same time. But that is a good thing. I think that's a healthy way to be a mother.

This shoot was a little difficult. Note to self: don't try this again without someone there to help.
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a few outtakes:
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Well, lets start with growth. He is a tall, skinny dude. 29.5 inches long and 17.1 lbs puts him still in the 3rd percentile for weight and down to the 45th for length. But, his head hasn't grown any in circumference so he is catching up to it.

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(poor thing hates that scale. this happens every time)
   The food worries have proven futile. I even cancelled the doctor-ordered ultrasound to see if there was a blockage in his esophagus The kid just had to get over the hump of gagging on solids and, once he did, there was no turning back. Now he eats all types of solid fruit (apples, banana, peaches to name a few), and tons of vegetables. He holds the food in this tiny hands and goes to town. I also got gutsy and let him try some of those puffs which was a huge mistake because he is absolutely obsessed. He recognizes the bottle from 20 feet away and makes it clear what he wants. The purees are still going strong. He gets 3-4 different purees a day; some include some form of meat. His favorite thing is to play with his spoon after his meal. He pretend feeds himself with it. I'm going to put some towels down soon and let him try. I'm curious to see how well he will do. We're still nursing well too. I find myself getting very ready to cut him off. I want to make it to that year mark but he really enjoys using his teeth a bit too much which isn't surprising considering the chomping problems we had in his first few months of life. Also, he is so wiggly that it takes us forever to nurse because he can't hold still. He'll start to scoot away then army crawl back and try to nurse in that position (we nurse side-lying on the bed). It's getting pretty frustrating. I had worried that I would be so sad to stop nursing and, to some extent, I'm sure I will be but I'm also pleased that I am as anxious to stop as I am. I'm really hoping that these baby blues will stop when I stop breastfeeding. I keep hearing that will happen. He still drinks plenty of water out of a sippy cup and even started drinking out of a straw on the 28th. He is still perfecting that skill though. AND, Cole got to try ice cream for the first time. It was only a tiny bit on the tip of a spoon but he LOVED IT.

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   We've been getting out into the warmer weather to explore and enjoy the season. We frequently eat our meals on a picnic blanket in our own yard. Its so cute to dress him in big boy shirts and shorts instead of onesies all of the time. It feels so silly that he is ready for them. The other day, he was in his jumper while Greg cleaned the garage and helped him work on a wheelbarrow. Also, he sits on a blanket in the grass next to me while I work on my garden or flower bed. I'm really excited for him to get to the point where he can dig in the dirt with me. I love it!

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    He is a mobil dude too. He is constantly on the go. If we're holding him, he grunts and points to everything he wants to touch. We could spend hours in a day going from one thing to another as he decides he wants to feel them. He points, makes a little sound and off we go. He loves to feel every surface. If he is on his own on the ground, he rolls a mile a minute. It is still his favorite way to get from A to B. You blink and he is 3 feet away by rolling sideways. On the 21st he perfected the army crawl and on the 3rd (his 10 month birthday) he aced the real crawl. I was hoping he would do it a day earlier so I could have said Cole started crawling when he was 9 months. Missed it by just 1 day. That's alright. I'm so proud of him, whatever pace he wants to do things. He is a problem solver and very cognitively developed and I'd prefer that to the motor skills any day. Seriously, in the video at the bottom, he is using a stick to reach a bag that is above him in a box. I didn't expect things that that with one so young; and I have a lot of baby experience. He is also working on the pulling up thing. If I'm sitting in indian style on the ground, he climbs his way up my body to a standing position. Also, he pulls himself up on other things too but mostly us because he knows we can catch him. On the 10th, he was rolling around on our bed and Greg was kneeling by it with his head resting on it. Cole pulled his way up to standing by using Greg's ears and face. It was pretty funny. Also, he stands on his own and does a little bit of walking. We have a baby walker and today, during his 10 month photo shoot, he was standing with it and it started to roll forward on its own. I was setting down the camera to jump up and help him but he didn't need me. It moved forward and he just walked along with it for about 8 steps. He didn't hesitate at all. He just felt it rolling forward and walked right along with it. I was floored. Also, he sometimes lets go of it and just stands there. Crazy, right?

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(don't you love how he was like, "you think I'm going to do it with that thing around {meaning camera}?")
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   The cloth diapers are better than ever. I discovered that I was using a terrible detergent that was causing them to hold on to smell and make him red if I did cloth only for more than a 24 hour period. I got some Rockin Green detergent that I already love. I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and the diapers not only don't smell bad but they actually smell good. I got the detergent scented with lavender and mint and I can honestly say that my son's diapers smell great. That's weird. I use 1 disposable for the overnight shift and occasionally when we are going to be out for a long time. He is currently in size 3's from Costco. I did just get a set of wool covers so I can do cloth diapering over night. He is a heavy wetter and it would occasionally leak out a bit. Woolies absorb the overflow by wicking away the moisture from his skin but it doesn't pass through to his clothes. I haven't gotten to use them yet because I need to figure out how to lanolize them. I bought the soap but just haven't done it yet.
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     He is a loving little man. He hugs like crazy and is big on the smooching now. I get quality smooches all day long. It took him a few weeks to get around to giving Greg one but he finally did on the 14th. I swear, the sun was shining out of Greg's smile. I love to watch my boys love on each other. Its music to my heart. Those top teeth are trying to come in. One was poking through for a few days there but the gums swelled back up around it. Right now, it looks like 2 giant blood blisters are in place of his top gums. They are so swollen and navy blue. It looks horribly painful. He is not sleeping well as a result. He is back down in the bedroom with us for the time being but I miss getting to sleep without worrying that I'd wake him every time I roll. His crying was waking Greg who doesn't get nearly enough sleep as it is so if I nurse him, he is comforted and quiet. I'm hoping we can get through this as soon as possible.
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    He makes it pretty clear that he has a mind of his own. If he doesn't want me to kiss him or doesn't want me to feed him something, he claps his hands, spastically waves them about and shakes his head no. Sometimes he even says 'NO' but I think its just a fluke sound. He responds to me saying 'no'. If he is headed for something he shouldn't have, I can say "no" and he switches direction. Obedient, right? He yells for Greg often. He hears him walk in the door or on the phone in the other room and yells 'DaDa' until Greg comes-a-runnin. He also is quite clear on what 'mama' means. I hear it get increasingly loud if I do not respond in a timely manner to his request. But he doesn't just make the 'M' sound. He curls his lips inward like he is mashing them together on each m. So precious.  He is big on the imitating too. I'll make the 'muah' sound when I blow him a kiss and he responds with the entire repeat process. He imitates raspberries, spit and all. He imitates clicks or coos and at the same pitch too. Also, faces. He has a killer serious face. I feel like a teenager with my dad scolding me. His eyebrows furrow and his lips pucker. Or, sometimes he does the one nostril pulled up with his lips making an O; especially when he is doing this crazy hyperventilate/panting/blowing nose thing. Its so hard to describe. I'll try to get it on video.

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(Cole watching Greg's hockey game with way too much interest for a 10 month old)
    He got some new swag this month. On an outing with Grandma Clea (Greg's mom), he scored an awesome Jeep Liberty walker that he loves. He walks around in the kitchen in it while I cook. He is my little kitchen buddy. Also, the Easter Bunny brought a fabulous Radio Flyer wagon that I just can't even stand how cute it is. The pictures will speak for themselves.

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     My big sister, Stacie, and her baby, Micah were in town for Easter. They live in L.A. and are way too far away for my liking so when they're here, everything else drops and we spend every waking moment soaking in their company. We had so much fun vegging out and catching up with at least 2 trips to our family favorite, El Maguey. There was lots of baby trading, cuddling, movies, FOOD, and catching up. These trips are few and far between so we fit as much fun and love in as we can. They just left and I am so ready for them to be back. I can't get enough of seeing my sister's baby and mine together. We're planning out a lifetime of adventures and vacations these boys will spend together. Can't wait!

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    I forced them to dye Easter eggs with me and Cole which was a huge mess but oh so worth it (I can say that because we did it at my Mom's so the mess wasn't just mine to clean up).
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Afterward, we put the babies in the bath together along with some water dye to get some cute photos. I wasn't disappointed but couldn't, for the life of me, get them to both look the same way at the same time. Observe.


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We've got a drummer on our hands. This kid can drop a beat like the best of 'em. I knew I drummed beats on my pregnant belly and that it might pay off! YYESSS!!!!



Dear Cole,

      I'm running out of ways to put this but you are so perfect. I'll say it again and again. You are the easiest and most pleasant baby ever. You are so patient with my incessant smooching and even send my heart into overdrive by returning them. We have so much fun together. You are awesome! When you call out "mama" I can't help but drop everything and come running. I don't care if I spoil you. I can't resist giving you what you want. I'm gonna have to get some control over this.
      I found myself getting teary over the rough, pink patches of skin on your knees. It means that skin isn't just baby skin that stays wrapped up in blankets where only I kiss and rub. Now they're scooting along on carpet and exploring the world. I'm so happy and excited for you and to see what you will do but I will miss the time when you were more dependent on me. But in the best way possible.
     We will always love you and everything you are. You are beautiful and smart and funny and, well, perfect. We couldn't be happier or more aware of how lucky we are to have you. You are a blessing and an angel. I love you more every day of your precious life and am so lucky to get to be your mom. I'm approaching my first mother's day and can't believe how fortunate I am to have been picked for you. We're epic, man. I love you!


Love,
Mommy

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1 comments:

clea May 7, 2011 at 2:21 AM  

Valerie, you have out done your selfagain! The video of cole playing the "drums" and trying to reach the bag with the stick is priceless!
The pictures are always adorable. . .thanks for sharing them with us! Love, Gma Clea

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