This month was a good one. We slept better, we played a lot, and we worked on finding our stride as a little family.
Baby J seems more and more like a little tiny person all the time. He seems to understand way more than I realized. We were out one evening and Tyler asked him to put the (toy) mouse into his cup. And bam, he did. Then he did it three more times. In a row. We were convinced he was a genius!
Maybe not, but he is getting more observant. He knows to put the phone up to his ear and listen. He knows to kneel in front of the record player and bop because music is bound to come out.
And of course – there was a big milestone this month: first steps. It was a much more gradual process that I’d imagined. From holding our fingers and practically running, to cruising around on furniture and pulling up on everything, then a few steps here and there mid-month, usually hurtling into our arms with a pleased as punch grin on his face. This went on for about 2 weeks, stumbling in a little path down the hallway, then thumping down on his bum and crawling the rest of the way.
Finally, I guess walking became easier and faster, and the furniture being there wasn’t necessary except for a way to get up. Now that he’s walking though, he seems so much bigger, much older and less baby-like. But very, very pleased with himself.
His appetite seems to have grown a bit too, and he’s a pretty agreeable little eater. We had curried sweet potato and lentil soup tonight, blended up and dipped into with pita bread. He likes oranges, cheese and blueberries a lot, and he often yelps to get a taste of whatever we’re having. He still has just 4 teeth, but he gets the idea of biting into things now as well as gumming or chewing them up.
We were cooped up inside a bit more than I would have liked this past month, but he did get to have some playdates with friends, swim time with grandparents, had a visit with his aunt and uncle from Toronto (and a nice dinner out) plus he visited his grandpa’s school, charming everyone, playing ball, and toddling around.
Besides constantly going into all of our drawers and cupboards and trying to open the windows, he’s shaking his head no when you say noooooo, waving bye bye when people leave, giving high fives, and doing a pretty good down dog.
Happy eleven months to my easy-going, curious, sweet fellow!