Wednesday, November 21, 2012

10 Months Old!

We seriously cannot believe this year is flying by as fast as it is! The 10th month took the fun of being parents to a whole new level and decreased the challenges dramatically.

10 months old!
9 months, 8 months, 7 months, 6 months
5 months, 4 months, 3 months, 2 months, 1 month
This was overall the most pleasant month we have had and we enjoyed every second! Ayden has become more social and easy going and is just a smiley, playful joy to be around. He still has moments but they are so few and far between that we have been able to respond with patience and empathy which, of course, feels good too. We are enjoying it while it lasts because who knows what lies ahead!

As for milestones:

10 month milestones
He does everything on the list above except for saying a word other than "dada."  He does say the /b/ sound repeatedly while looking at books and also is beginning to attempt uh oh but doesn't quite have it yet.

He has also met all of the 11 month milestones.  He doesn't really point, though, but he does reach for food that he wants.  He also will lean toward something he wants if you are holding him as if to tell you, "Go that way!."  He actually LOVES loud noises and follows the vacuum around.  He actually became more comfortable in unfamiliar situations this past month so it will be interesting to see if there is any reversal to report next month...

12 month milestones
I cannot believe that I am looking to the 1 year mark already!  He is already doing a lot of these things but it definitely gives us some fun stuff to look forward to over the next couple of months!

Ayden's current likes (in no particular order) include:
- waking up for the day
- animals
- Daddy's daily homecoming
- books!
- wash cloths
- discovering and playing with whatever is in the kitchen cabinets
- being outside
- being tickled
- hearing the train in our neighborhood
- walking with his push toy
- imitating fish
- blowing
- brushing his teeth
- being worn
- waving at/"flirting" with people
It's funny that, besides books, he doesn't really seem to have a favorite toy. All of his favorite things to do and play with are all non-toy, real world items. Makes me think we'd probably get along just fine without any toys at all...

Current dislikes:
- his car seat (though he handles his distaste for it well)
- when we take paper from him. He really loves eating it...
- diaper changes
- getting dressed
- getting cold after a bath
- sleeping alone (though he's getting better! Up to 3 hours in his crib sometimes.)
- wearing hats
- when Daddy leaves
- being passed around to strangers

Here are a few clips of him today.  Be warned, it is 5 minutes long and is mainly for our own memories.

Yay for the best month in the history of Ayden's little life! We celebrated by taking him on his first plane ride!

At the airport, waiting to board.
Just HAD to put him in plane clothing!
(Changed him into his PJs for the second, later flight)
Flight 1: Ayden stole my apple and a peanut package kept him VERY entertained.
Flight 2: He was out like a light!
Was not in Ergo the whole flight but did not wake upon transfer.  Score!
I plan to devote a post to air travel with a baby upon our return home on Sunday so look for that sometime next week!

 If you are traveling for Thanksgiving, be safe!

What are you most thankful for this year? I am always so very thankful for my David but this year I am also thankful to finally be a mother. It is everything I dreamed it would be!

~ Sarah

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