Thursday, March 13, 2014

10 Month Update - Our Not-So-Lil Boy

Ezzy at: 1 week, 2 months, 5 months, 7 months, 10 months
Ezzy - this past month you seemed to have made the transition from baby to little boy right before our eyes. Your daddy and I can't help but look back at your newborn pictures nostalgically and remember how tiny you used to be. Now you're so full of excitement and boundless energy and infectious laughter. It's amazing to us how communicative you are, even though you don't say actual words yet. You raise your eyebrows at us, pound your chest, bounce up and down, shout your baby-talk, scream, smile sweetly, scowl - you are just sooo expressive. Your dad and I never tire of watching you. We remember ten months ago when we were so excited to meet you but had no idea what to expect. We couldn't wait to find out what you looked like and what your personality would be like, what kinds of things would make you smile or cry. As soon as we met you, you exceeded our wildest imaginations of how wonderful it would be to be your parents. And in the past ten months we feel more lucky each day that we get to explore this world with you. We love you more than you will ever know.

Some 10 month stats: As of last week, Ezzy weighs almost 19 lbs, up 4 pounds from his last doctor's appointment, 3 months ago. He's 27 inches long, up from 24.5 inches three months ago. His head circumference is 18 1/4 inches. That puts him in the 20th percentile for weight, 10th percentile for height, and 50th percentile for head circumference. Last time he was in the 0-5th percentile for height and weight, and 75th percentile for head circumference, so that's good news! He's wearing size 3 diapers and 9 or 12 month clothing. 

Our 10 month daily routine: I can't say we really have a routine anymore. In the past month, Ezzy has gone from taking two naps, down to one nap, down to zero naps, back up to one nap. I think I speak for everyone when I say we're all happy with a baby who naps at least once a day. I was a fan of two naps, but I'll take what I can get. Despite skipping his afternoon naps lately, he's decided his bedtime isn't until 10 - 11 pm. Not sure if the time change has something to do with this? Thankfully, he's also getting up later than last month, when he was up for good around 5 or 6 am (and sometimes even 4 am!) Now he'll sleep till 7 or 8:00. He's also gone from waking up 4 times a night to waking up once or twice, and a few nights ago he slept eight hours straight! That pretty much makes the later bedtime worth it to me. His eating routine is pretty similar to his 9 month meal plan.

Some notable changes from last month:
  • Ezzy has gotten really good at pulling himself up to a standing position. He thinks Joe and I are his personal jungle gyms. He's even managed to stand on his own for a few seconds at a time.  
  • He loves to practice walking. And he's a confident little boy, so he often tries to push our hands away, thinking he can walk to wherever he wants all on his own. (He can't.)  
  • His new favorite sound is snorting. Not sure where he picked that up from, but he snorts while he's laughing all the time now. It's the silliest thing. 
  • Now, instead of his normal smile, he makes his "monster face" which is somewhere between a smile and a snarl (see below). 

Ezzy likes (in addition to his 9 month favorites):
  • A moon wall decoration we have hanging in our bedroom, next to the door. Whenever he's in our room, he'll find that moon and just stare at it and smile or giggle.
  • He's still loving this sit to stand learning walker. I sit him in front of it and he's amused for 20 - 30 minutes, but lately he's only content if he's using it to stand up.
  • Clocks and watches are still pretty fascinating to him. No matter where we are, he'll manage to find the clock in the room and laugh and stare at it.
  • He loves playing catch. We bought him a little ball and he gets a huge kick out of throwing it for us and watching us roll it or bounce it back to him.
  • Bouncing. He can seriously bounce for a good five minutes at a time. That may not sound like very long, but you try it. It's definitely a workout. He's got some STRONG legs.
  • Grocery stores, where's he's sure to be fawned over by throngs of adoring women.
  • Moving cars - a long-standing favorite with him. And he seems to especially like motorcycles (unfortunately for me!)
  • Ripping paper. A napkin can keep him entertained for awhile. Sorry to all the restaurants left picking up tiny bits of napkin confetti after we left...
  • Screaming at and pounding on things (aka - tables, his chest, my chest...)
Ezzy dislikes:
  • Being ignored. He expects anyone who walks by him to stop and admire his cuteness. When they don't he stares them down with a disappointed expression.
  • Napping. Sleeping in general. Sadly we've had quite a few days where he successfully fights sleep, but then he goes into extreme fussy mode and nobody's happy. 
  • Thankfully, Ezzy has many more likes than dislikes. We got really lucky with such a good-natured baby. 
His monster face while he's staring at the moon on our wall.
I'm pretty sure he's snorting in this picture too.

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