Happy 10 Months! You are growing up so fast - every month it seems you are a different baby. You are learning at an exponential rate and I am starting to realize that you pick up on everything!
You are 16+ pounds and 29.5 inches long. You already grew out of all your size 3 shoes and are now wearing size 4! All of your clothes are 9-12 month, but your legs are so long that your 12 month pants are starting to look a little short. I am so happy to finally put you in all your cute summer dresses (most of which are hand me downs) and bathing suits too. Your hair is longer than last month and your eyes are looking like they will be dark blue for good! You still have no teeth, although I can feel the top and bottom two almost breaking through.
You still nurse first thing in the morning when you wake up but have dropped the night nursing. You drink about 20 ounces of formula a day, and eat 3 solid food meals and one snack a day. Most of the time we let you feed yourself, but I still have to hold those puree packs and yogurt sticks for you so you won't spray them across yourself! You tried avocado, blueberries, sour cream, ice cream, BBQ, and corn this month and loved all of them. You also started to like cheese finally.
You sleep 11-12 hours a night, wake up around 7 or 7:30 a.m. to nurse and then play for about 2 hours until you take a morning nap around 9, then another nap around 12:30 or 1pm. Sometimes you'll sleep 30 minutes; sometimes it's 2 hours - it all depends on your mood, how you feel and how active you are. It seems the more active you are, the more you sleep!
This month you have turned into a speed crawler. You zip around the house, chasing us, the dog or the cat from room to room. You still love to walk holding our hands, and you stood on your own for about 2 seconds the other night in front of your entire paternal family. It almost made me cry! You are still saying some of the same "words" but have started to make these hysterical noises to get our attention, like growling and blowing raspberries at the same time you say a word. You now can wave hello, clap your hands and you also dance when music comes on. You have also learned the meaning of the word "no" as we are starting to use it a lot given you want to get into everything and you have been testing the boundaries. We have had a few adventures this month - we took you paddleboarding for the first time (you were in the Ergo on your daddy's back), went on a few bike rides with the new bike trailer and swimming in your new baby pool.
You're still in love with Bella and Tiny, as well as any other baby or small child you see. You have kissed and cuddled 3 of the 4 baby boys in our church small group, as well as a few of our friend's kids. You have the sweetest demeanor and you are such a cuddle bug. You have adopted two or three blankets as your lovies - you make sure you have one in your arms as we rock you to sleep for naps or at night. You pull your blankie over your face and make funny noises and then roll over and cuddle it - it is so cute!! You give kisses on command to your parents, grandparents and your pets. You raise your arms up to be held. Honestly, I love this phase so much because you are intentional about your love for everyone.
Brighton Love, you continue to amaze me with your sweet personality, your playful and joyful spirit, and your zest for life. Everyone who comes in contact with you comments on your constant smiles and happy and calm personality. You are such a precious and special girl, and I can't wait to see how you continue to grow.
Happy 10 months darling girl. We love you!