Friday, July 15, 2011

A Letter to My Daughter: Ten Months Old

Ten-month picture
Dear daughter,

You are now ten months.

In the last month, you enjoyed a trip home to see family. There's something about your grandma's house that makes you sleep spectacularly (and we love you for that). We had you sleep upstairs, and Grandma kept the monitor for us, so we slept soundly those days. I would stir sometime after you woke up for the day, once you started to be more vocal in your playing. Maybe when you're having trouble sleeping through the night, it's time to see her again?

You currently wear 12-month clothes, but you also have a fair number of outfits in 18-month (and larger...) sizes in regular rotation. Here's a picture of you in 24-month pajamas. They don't look as baggy as I'd wish.

The one exception is your lucky ISU sleeper.  This past football season, whenever you wore it the day of an ISU game, they won; there were a handful of games that when you wore it, they even won games they shouldn't have. Your uncle, who had given it to you, started texting on game days to make sure you were wearing it. One day you were napping when the game started (this was the Nebraska game). I put it on you when you woke up, and the Cyclones were able to tie up the game. However, we blame their OT loss to the fact that you didn't have it on for the entirety of the game; had you, they might have been able to get a win during regulation. ;)  Anyway, the sleeper is purportedly a 0-3 month size, but seeing as how it still fits you, it either possesses magical growing properties, or it was mislabeled.

At yesterday's appointment, you weighed 20 1/2 pounds and were 29 inches tall. Those were in the 60th percentile or so, but your head, at 18 inches, was the one at the upper end of the charts. This explains why it's suddenly tricky to get t-shirts over that noggin.

You have three teeth now; your first top one started coming in this past month.

Teething on watermelon - I'm not exactly sure what you thought of it

Developmentally, you've mastered a couple new tricks. The first is getting to a seating position on your own (since you were five months, you've been sitting on your own only if we started you in that position). Now, though, you're adept at scooting up to a seated position. The downside of this, however, is that in the early days, you would wake yourself up. It would have been funny if you didn't look quite so pathetic. You'd be sleeping on your tummy and in your sleep push up into a seated position. Doing so would wake you up and you'd start fussing because you were upset to be awake when you were so tired. Naps were shortened and we all slept horribly as you did this for a few days. I've heard it is common for sleep to be disturbed as you learn new skills, so I'm prepared for this same thing to happen as you master crawling and walking.

In the process of pushing yourself up

You still don't crawl, but we see you get to your knees (one leg is still at a weird angle, so until you get it behind you, you're not going anywhere). You can still scoot, but only in reverse, which brings back memories of the stories my parents told about me crawling only in reverse for the first week I was mobile, and how they were constantly having to retrieve me when I'd get stuck under furniture. You can also lunge for things, so between that and scooting, you're somewhat mobile. You LOVE pulling yourself up to a standing position by grabbing our fingers. Fortunately for us you haven't realized that you could substitute chairs and tables for our fingers. Go ahead and take your time figuring that out.

When it comes to feeding habits, there has been a huge transformation. You barely tolerated food before, only eating small portions, but now you're up to three feedings a day (not meals). Breakfast might consist of some rice cereal with a fruit puree, lunch right now is a baby food jar holding an infinitesimal portion of meat disguised with vegetables, and dinner is typically more vegetables. We give you Cheerios, but you treat them as toys (and as cat treats, which Augustine thanks you for). In the last week, though, I've caught you gumming on cheerios, and you actually put a rice wafer in your mouth without my help - I was lucky to catch it on camera. You don't "chew," which is why we're still in the puree stage, but since the interest is there, I can actually see an end in sight. Until then, though, it's been fun making and freezing baby food purees (excluding the "meat" jars). I'm just glad you're catching on; I was half wondering if I'd be packing up pureed food for you to take to college (okay, not seriously to this extreme, but I was concerned this food thing would be slow in taking off). We still need to work more on figuring out the sippy cup, but that should come in time.

Actual food going in the mouth!

You're still the consummate flirt. I cannot believe how much you open up to strangers, and they, in turn, to you.
Your flirty face captured on camera
You love "buzzing" your lips now. It makes me just want to kiss you whenever you do this - I find it so funny and adorable.

This week also brought about your first diaper rash; you were especially miserable for about 24 hours, but it's already nearly gone, so I'm glad we have our happy daughter back.

Typically you still put yourself down for naps (although this is less a given at bedtime). You are typically down to two naps a day; on days where the morning nap is a short 30 - 45 minutes and the afternoon nap is 90 minutes - 2 hours, I can envision the morning nap disappearing before too long. I remember when your naps were all 30 minutes long, so it's nice to see them consolidating into one or two longer naps. Keep it up!

Before my eyes, you're transforming from a baby into a little girl - I'm not quite ready to admit you'll be one year in two short months, but I love watching you grow each day. 


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