Dear Liam: 10 Month Milestones
Wow. This month is busting at the seams with all kinds of exciting milestones. I can’t believe we’re just two months away from your first birthday! We better start planning, huh?
The month began with a whole week off of work for you and mama, which meant lots of glorious one-on-one time together! To celebrate, we planned all kinds of fun activities like going to open toddler gym days at the local rec center, attending a Gymboree class where you played and climbed and met all kinds of other kids your age, and then daddy and I took you to the Children’s Museum for the first time, too. Some days were spent being “lazy” or doing things like hanging dinosaur artwork up on the walls of your bedroom or romping around the house with your new best friend, Winston. You and Winston are inseparable these days. Daddy and I also finished building you your very own Millennium Falcon, and we took loads of pictures of you having a ball in it. You got pretty famous on the Internet again; those pictures went viral. Everyone loved seeing you in your spaceship!
You have a mouthful of eight beautiful teeth and finger foods are a big hit now; you’re showing a definite preference to feeding yourself over us serving you a spoonful of food, which is neat because we’re watching you turn into this little independent person right before our eyes.
Last month you were pulling up to standing at everything. Then you had begun cruising. By now you’ve not only mastered the art of cruising, but you’ve even begun letting go at times to attempt free-standing, which causes an exhilarating rush and you look at us with this wild excitement in your eyes as if to say, “Look at me! No hands!”
So then it was no surprise that you took your first assisted steps this month thanks to a toy cart that you push around for support. Now you can cruise all over the house! When you started using it you were very wobbly and had no idea how to control which direction you were going. You’d just walk straight until the cart hit a wall or other obstacle, and then you’d get frustrated because you couldn’t turn or get un-stuck. Watching you now, you’d never know you had trouble; you easily switch directions and navigate your route all over the house these days. You are obsessed with the cart and the freedom it gives you to quickly get from place to place “on your own.” You have attempted to take a single shaky step or two by yourself, too, and we predict it won’t be long before you’re fully and independently walking. It’s amazing!
You’ve acquired some fun new tricks recently that we’re just eating up. Number one on the list is dancing. If there’s music on (or I sing) and I prompt you to “dance!” while I’m dancing, you will bounce your whole body up and down with a huge grin on your face, right along with me. It’s priceless. And speaking of priceless, so is the return of the snort-laugh and the cheesy grin that comes from combining the wrinkled nose of your snort with a smile. We see it a lot when you’re being mischievous. It’s almost as good as the “fake cry” face you muster up when you’re trying to get our attention. We also love your shy face where you turn your head to the side and grin shyly as you bury your face into us, usually as you flirt with someone. Who could resist that smile? You’ve just recently begun using your own little form of waving. There’s just so many new ways you’re expressing yourself this month, and we love it!
Two weeks ago you met four-month old Emerald for the first time, the daughter of our friends Jake and Jenn. Jake and I went to high school together, and they live out in Texas now. They were in town for a visit and came by so that you and Emerald could finally meet. You don’t remember, but you met Jake and Jenn for the first time when you were just a month old. It was so great for them to see how much you’ve grown, and for you to meet their beautiful daughter! We of course took lots of pictures of you two together, and many of those pictures were of you two with your Millennium Falcon. We may have had a Princess Leia outfit that Emerald was able to wear for the photo op. It was adorable! Hopefully you’re not cringing right now as you realize just how geeky your parents (and our friends) are.
It feels like each day holds yet another an incredible surprise, for which we are infinitely grateful to experience with you. Happy 10 months, Sweetbaby. We love you!
mama and daddy