Your tenth month has mainly been an exercise in perfecting the art of standing up and sitting down – with some falling over for good measure. You have become so much steadier, though, and adept at carefully sitting yourself back down instead of tipping sideways or backwards. You are able to walk using your baby walker although you need supervision as it rolls a bit too quickly for you to stay upright! Your feet can’t keep up. You are also crawling properly now and have completely forsaken the commando-style crawl ‘n’ drag that you had previously favoured.
We are still waiting for more teeth to appear – you still just have the two that came through in July. I can’t see any sign of any more although it is not that easy to get into your mouth for a good feel since you use the two teeth you do have to good effect! They are really quite sharp.
A lot of your progress this month was noted in your 9-month health visitor check-up so there is not very much else to report. The biggest change this month, other than the steady standing, is your babbling which is really coming along now. We have a feeling that you have said dada or daddy and actually meant it – it is hard to be sure but twice now you have said it with your daddy around and it didn’t seem accidental or coincidental. I really can’t wait for you to really start talking – even with all your ‘words’, I still can’t imagine what your voice will be like. And when you say Mama or Mummy, I know I will just melt! A couple of times, you have also said baba when you have looked in the mirror so I don’t know if you are saying baby or if, again, it is just coincidence.
Another change this month has been your temperament. Whilst you are still your sunny, affable self a lot of the time (tired or hungry? not so much!), we have noticed you being a bit more clingy and wary of people when you first see them – even if you have seen them before. I noticed this even more when you aren’t feeling well and this month you have had a nasty cold and cough that is still hanging on. This has meant you have hugged both your daddy and I – or you have at least held on to us – so this is probably a major first even though these sorts of things kind of sneak up. I am trying to think of the first time you hugged me – if you even have yet – but I can’t and yet you would think that this is a significant milestone that I would not forget.
This week is my last week at home with you all the time. Starting next week, I will be working two days a week in the office with your grandpa while grandma looks after you. I have not really had much time to think about it because for a while, it looked like my working situation was going to change. Add to that the fact that we have your Baptism on Sunday, my mind has been busy elsewhere and I am currently trying to ignore the exam-nerves feeling in the pit of my stomach which I think is linked to the fact that I am returning to work. I know I am lucky to only be working two days and not more (for now) but this will still seem like a wrench at first. I have been giving you a lot of extra cuddles this week which you always wriggle out of.
The only time you are happy to just sit on my knee with my arms around you is when you are feeling sleepy just before or just after your last bottle and I put In the Night Garden on for you. You didn’t show much interest in TV at all for a long time but you have started to watch things with interest (albeit for a relatively short amount of time – your attention span is still limited!).
This month we all attended the wedding of our good friends, Liz and Pete. It was fun to get you all dressed up although we only got the church in the nick of time and fed you all through the service to keep you quiet! You are quite vocal now and even though you were happy and / or excited, your squeals still sound loud in a church!
You have made a massive improvement in eating solids (purées and finger foods) this month. I was starting to worry a bit about your lack of interest (because this is what mama’s do: worry. Constantly.). But something suddenly clicked and now you just want to eat and eat at every meal. I think dropping the fourth bottle was the turning point and somehow you have started to notice that food can fill you up. Breakfast is a lot easier now that you will wolf down your Weetabix or Ready Brek.
You are such a people person – you love being around other people, strangers included. When I walk around the shops with you, I see you trying to catch every passer-by’s eye (especially the men; we are going to have so much trouble with you when we are older) and you look visibly put-out if someone has the audacity to walk on by without a smile for you! I love how I can glance down to see you beaming at someone behind me and when I look around, sure enough there is someone delighted that you are smiling at them. You are already able at just 10 months old to make people happy. What a powerful gift. You smiled at a lady the other day and she was so enchanted, she told me that you had made her day.
You make my day every day.