Precious: Monthly Portrait 10

Precious daughter, you are 10 months old. It’s getting harder to remember how small you used to be. You look so different now that you have a beautiful head full of black curls. This month has brought an explosion of new tricks. You’re now rolling both directions and slithering/pulling yourself along the floor which means you’re all over the place. Looks like crawling is going to happen any day now. You eagerly pull yourself up to a stand if I offer you my hands. I haven’t seen you attempt to pull up on a table or chair yet but I’m sure it’ll be soon. You can stand on your own, holding onto something, for several minutes before you fall now. As I suspected, now that you’re moving around a lot you are starting to even out and get more slender and muscular. The 18 month pants that fit snuggly around your waist last month are now a little loose. You have an arsenal of silly expressions, ready to pulverize anyone’s bad attitude. Your favorite seems to be Oh!/Whoa! with big eyes and O-mouth. You do this when you notice a new thing—The ceiling fan? Oh!—or meet new people—Hi, Baby. Whoa! You’re so funny. Sometimes you play peekaboo with your arms. Our favorite new trick is your baby wave. Sometimes you mimic our sing-song “Hi-eye” and other times you say “Diya diya diya diya” (for bye-bye) as you wave, because you haven’t mastered “b” yet. It’s super cute when you put it together and it sounds like “Hi Dada.” Strangers love the waves and Oh! face—please don’t stop making people’s day; you have the gift of contagious joy. You are still a great sleeper and eater and so easy to take out. You’ve just cut your fourth tooth—two on the bottom and two on the top now. You’re still loving peas, carrots, green beans, cheerios, apple sauce, peaches, pears…pretty much anything we offer you will eat. You even had some black olives, artichokes and mushrooms off my veggie pizza the other day! You are a very special girl and a delight to your dad and me. Now that you’re standing up a lot, I’ve started putting shoes on you more often. These are one of the 3 pairs that stay on your feet. (Mad scientist hair courtesy of the pool.) It’s exciting to watch you grow and change and learn right before our eyes.

Update for my own records: At your 9-month checkup (at 10 months + 1 day old) you weighed 19.1 lbs (50%) and measured 29″ tall (75%). You really have stretched out!


4 Responses to Precious: Monthly Portrait 10

  1. Annie says:

    10 MONTHS!! How did that happen?! I can’t believe it has gone so fast.

  2. Instant Mama says:

    That is an adorable photo (and you can use it as blackmail later)!

  3. Anna says:

    I’m just de-lurking to say my mother is a podiatrist, and when my son was a baby she explained shoes are not a good idea for babies and toddlers learning to walk, especially those learning to stand. They interfere with the foots natural shape, and affect the development as the foot transitions into a high functioning body part. Socks with non slip soles are best. Save the shoes for when out and you need to protect baby’s feet from sticks and stones.

    • mahlbrandt says:

      I had read that also. She has bare feet 95% of the time now that it’s summer but I put shoes on her when we’re going to church or somewhere else she will be standing on dirty floors. It’s her accessory of the month since she’s just started standing so much. Thanks for looking out for Precious’ foot health, though. 🙂

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