On June 15th, Andrew turned 10 months old.
I remember the first time that he discovered Donald sitting next to him in his monthly pictures, I thought--uh oh, this is going to be bad.
Well, he has discovered something else...
After his pictures, Joey put him to bed. Look how long he is getting. He loves to prop his feet up like that on the side of all of our chairs.
He is still a joy and what we consider to be an "easy baby." Again, both of us did not have much experience with babies and therefore not much to compare, but Andrew seems to be easy to us. He sleeps about 12 hours a night, and normally takes 1 long (2 hour nap) and 1 short (less than 1 hour) nap during the day. He LOVES to eat. I have only found one thing that he doesn't like--asparagus. He also has 3 teeth now!
One of his very favorite things in the whole world to do is listen to a story. We read to him constantly. He is able to turn the page when asked. It is so cute to watch. I say, "Turn the page, please" and he does it correctly almost every time. He also has learned to clap this week. I began clapping for him during meal times when he would pick up his own food and eat it. Now, he expects to be clapped for after each bite. This may not have been my wisest move. He will also (usually) clap on command. Saying "clap, clap, clap" or "Yay, Andrew!" generally makes him squeal and clap. His favorite game of the moment is "Where's Andrew?" This will sound ridiculous, but Andrew thinks that it is hilarious when we act like we have lost him, search for him, and then act absolutely shocked that he is sitting right in front of us. Joey kissing his neck is also almost always a guaranteed laugh.
Andrew does not crawl or pull up yet. He is a master roller, though. Joey and I both feel that he will do these things when he is ready. We give him plenty of time on the floor to strengthen his muscles and enjoy the fact that we do not have to completely babyproof our house yet!
Other Andrew-isms at 10 months:
-He wants to hold the spoon when we feed him. We just give him his own spoon to hold because it is easier and neater.
-As we dress him, he tries to undress himself. Once we snap the outfits, we have won. Sometimes, he is able to remove a onesie before we can snap it. He then laughs at us.
-He laughs at us when we tell him "no, no." This could be a problem!
-He is very social and enjoys being around other babies.
-When he gets very excited, he raises both arms (like he is about to "flap his wings") and does a little sqeal. Certain things normally cause this--when he sees me open his yogurt, when I pull out a book to read, when we get to his daycare.
-I would still consider him a "Daddy's boy." I have no doubt that Andrew loves me, but my boys have a crazy connection. He probably says "Mama" 4-5 times a day. He says "Da-Da" about 75 times. I told my mom today that Andrew's first sentences will be: "Dada loves you." or "Dada is at work." Those are always the two things that I tell Andrew when he asks for Joey. If Joey and I are both in the room, Andrew wants to be with Joey. It would hurt my feelings if it wasn't so sweet to watch them together.
-He still loves playing with his concrete truck.
-He likes to pull noses, ears and hair. These actions normally warrant a "no, no." to which he laughs.
-I have started planning his first birthday party---very strange feeling!
Happy 10 months! We love you, buddy!