10 Months — Nora is officially in “double digits”
Honestly, I can’t believe how much she has changed since last month. Looking back over the past 10 months, I would say that we’ve seen more changes this month than any other month!
She was super squirmy, and she wouldn’t put the leaf down… so it’s in pretty much every picture.
Here are some of her new accomplishments…
1. She walks!
Yup, you read that right — full blown walking around from room to room, wherever she wants to go! She took her first steps randomly on her 9 month birthday and Dave and I both looked at each other like “did you just see that!”
We got so excited that she spent the next hour walking from Dave to me and from me to Dave; and then screeching with delight when we cheered for her. Maybe we should try cheering for her when she goes to bed… and then she’ll start sleeping more 🙂
I’ve included a video of her walking — nothing too exciting, but it’s proof!
2. She waves and claps.
This also came as a shock to us because we hadn’t really tried to “teach” this to her (note to self, they really do learn by WATCHING!) One day, someone waved to Nora at church… and she waved back!
Of course, now we have to wave whenever we come into a room, leave a room, see someone new, or anytime anyone says bye-bye!
And any time we praise her for anything, she has to clap… for herself. Even if you just look at her and say “yay Nora”, she’ll start clapping and get really excited.
Yeah, it’s cute!
3. She plays.
We can really tell that she is starting to understand us more, and then respond and mimic what we do.
For example, we’ve been trying to teach her peek-a-boo for a while now and a couple weeks ago, I was changing her diaper and she pulled her shirt over her face, pulled it down again, and smiled at me.
I just thought “oh how cute” but then she did it again… so I said “peek-a-boo” (in a very excited voice). She laughed and laughed and then continued to lift her shirt up and down over her face at least 20 times. Now any time she covers even part of her eyes with something, she wants you to excitedly say “peek-a-boo”.
We also broke out the Legos last week — and both she and Dave are having SO much fun. She loves grabbing all the Legos and throwing them onto the floor. Then Dave builds her towers and she knocks them down.
4. She is a little dare-devil.
Now that she’s walking we’ve found her in some pretty crazy places (yes, we do monitor her… she’s just so fast).
The other day I found her trying to climb into her car seat — and once she climbed in, she proceeded to rock it back and forth with the most determined look on her face.
Then she climbed up on the couch, onto the armrest, and almost made it onto the tray of her highchair before I pulled her down.
She’s extremely strong so she’s constantly pulling herself up onto things or pushing her way through small openings (like behind the toilet or under her pack n’ play).
Oh, and when she’s not sitting nicely in her bouncy chair she uses is as a “spring board” to get her up to higher ground (like couches and chairs).
I just know she’s going to be one of those fearless kids who tries to jump out of a tree with a sheet for a parachute! Hopefully we have good insurance.
5. She bites.
She has four teeth now and she’s turned into a little biter. She’ll walk right up to me while I’m sitting in a chair and bite my leg (really hard!) She’ll also bite your finger if you get it anywhere close to her mouth.
Someone told me that I should bite her back (yes they were serious) but I don’t think I’m going to try that method just yet!
She just loves feeling her teeth with her tongue and her fingers… and I suppose this is the one time when a huge gap between front teeth is really cute 🙂
6. She’s cuter than ever.
No, she still doesn’t nap, she still wakes up at least 3 times EVERY night, she still refuses all people-food except yogurt, and she still makes me question whether we could ever handle even one more stubborn child like her…
…but she sure is cute (and getting cuter ever day!)
Only two more months until her first birthday… looks like I better start planning (no, I’m not doing anything extravagant, I just know how much longer everything takes me now days!)
Happy 10 months Nora!