I’ve said this several times now, but this…THIS is the best age ever. Seeing that little personality emerge has been really fun. There’s so much to recap, I feel as though I should have been posting more throughout the month rather than shoving it into one long post.
On the physical front, you started pulling up right at your 10 month “monthday.” You did it once and then didn’t repeat that for a full week. Once you did it that 2nd time, you didn’t stop. A mere few days later you climbed up the entire staircase (with me close behind). You are really into everything now. I cannot imagine what will happen when you start walking, because I already fear that you may not make it to your 1st birthday. Every time I think I have the house pretty well child-proof, you prove me very wrong. Even though you keep me on my toes, I can honestly say that seeing you speed crawl to me when you’re finally ready for some mommy time is one of the most incredible & emotional things.
You’re already a climber, and so it’s been the month of the playground so we can get some of those urges out of your system. I didn’t think we’d be going to parks so early, but you really seem to enjoy yourself. We hit the park jackpot here – there are 5 within walking distance, so there’s always something new to try.
You’re also picking up and learning so much it is mind-blowing. While clapping remains incredibly popular, you’ve added waving, signing happy & signing milk to your repertoire. Unfortunately, they often look similar to our untrained eyes. You were signing “happy” for about a week before we figured out what you were doing. It wasn’t one of the signs that we’d been working on, so I totally missed it. We thought it was just your own personal, silly little dance move since you started doing when bopping along to your favorite songs. Mama finally figured out that you picked it up from a song that we sing at the start of story time each week. Seriously, we’ve been working eat, milk, potty and more for months, and you picked this up from one song, one time a week. I guess we need to put all the other signs to song!
Speaking of songs, music is so important to you. You dance, wave, bounce and sign “happy” nearly constantly when there’s music playing. Some favorite songs are Jenny Jenkins and Hot Dog (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse).
While you babble constantly, there hasn’t been much in the way of official talking, but we think we can count “dog” (doh) as your first word. Oh, and you made it to 11 months with no teeth!
We cannot believe that the countdown is on for your first birthday!