Sunday, June 4, 2017

10 Months of our sweet Samuel

I really don't think there is anything in the world better than a 10 month old baby. This month with Samuel has been so fun and he has Preston and I dying laughing every day. He is such a little ham, constantly making the most hilarious faces to get us to laugh. I am truly so grateful I get to be Samuel's mama and couldn't love this time as a family of three anymore.

10 month old Samuel loves...

Making funny faces! Seriously, from the time I pick him up out of his crib in the morning he starts doing the goofiest faces to get me to laugh. It is the absolute funniest/ sweetest thing I have ever seen. 

Moving everywhere, climbing up on everything and opening any and all cabinets (and anything else he can get into...) Little man is fast and loves having free reign of the house to move all over the place! 

Building towers/ chasing things. We spend most of our playtime building towers out of wooden blocks and recycled containers (which are Samuel's very favorite toys).

Balls! We also do a lot of ball rolling back and forth, especially first thing in the morning when we have our quiet playtime downstairs. 

Being outside. He is still my trusty little sidekick on walks and workouts and we spend lots of time outdoors. Now that the weather is warmer we are spending afternoons playing with his water table and plan to start going to splash pads and the pool now that they are open!

Dislikes: Having his face cleaned, when I leave the room, when Preston goes to work without saying goodbye and having toys taken from him. He also gets super upset when he gets bopped by other kids. We've had a few times lately where at story time or play dates he has gotten an elbow to the face or head butted, and he used to brush it off but lately it makes him way more sad (embarrassed, maybe?). He also hates the slide at swim class - so random, but he really, really does not like it!

Stats: We were at my mom's house a week ago and he was 24 lbs 8 oz (taken on her home scale). While he is still huge, I think that his weight gain has slowed down because he is moving all over the place now! He definitely seems to have grown taller too but we haven't measured him to confirm.

Eating: Still such a great eater, which I am forever thankful for. Lamb, egg yolk, avocados, bananas, cauliflower and sweet potatoes are favorites and are in regular rotation these days. Samuel loves feeding himself chunks of food but is still good about letting me give him some mashes (which I love because then I can add in probiotics, vitamins, etc). He eats three times a day and while he hasn't refused anything yet, he makes funny faces when he has mango and blueberries - I think he just isn't quite used to the sweetness? He also still breastfeeds several times during the day, we feed on demand so it is normally about 6 times a day. I am so thankful to be able to continue nursing him and I truly cherish that build-in daily bonding time with my little man. 

Sleeping: We're still following the 2-3-4 wake time routine which works great for us. We've had some very early mornings lately (5 a.m.) which coupled with night waking has made for some very tired parents on several occasions. While Samuel has done a nine hour stretch a handful of times, most of the time he is up at least every four hours. This is definitely the hardest thing as a mom for me to deal with. Samuel puts himself to sleep great at the beginning of the night and for both of his naps but is not at all interested in doing that when he wakes up in the middle of the night. Oomph. On the bright side, our coffee is strong - and he is an awesome napper (usually napping around 8 a.m and 12:30 for 75 minutes each)!

Personality: The absolute goofiest, sweetest, happiest boy in the world. He of course, has his moments like any baby, but the vast majority of the time he is such a little joy. Like I mentioned above, he thinks it is the best to make funny faces to get Preston and I to smile and laugh. He is very social with older kids and adults and wants to have conversations with everybody. He is a big talker - constantly babbling and making tons of funny sounds. He gets very excited about things and does the cutest high pitch squeal - I have got to get better about getting things on video! We continue to get comments about how happy Samuel is and we are so thankful for his joyful, silly demeanor. It really is just the most incredible thing to be a parent and watch your beautiful newborn turn into a toddler with a big, distinct personality right in front of your eyes!

Firsts: Pulling up on everything! And into absolutely everything! I will turn my head for one second while making breakfast and Samuel will be in another room trying to open a baby-locked cabinet. The best first is definitely the silly faces he has been making to get us to laugh. He has also been emulating sounds more, and while he still says mama all the time we are starting to hear some other word-like babbles like baby. First time going to a baby yoga story time class (which Samuel thought was the greatest thing ever, probably because he has a not-so-secret crush on the adorable teacher). I am sure there are so many more - he is learning new things everyday so it is hard to remember it all! Samuel also got to meet his first dog! We picked out the puppy, Lyla, that we are going to be bringing home very soon.

Parents: This month has been awesome as parents. Preston and Samuel get closer everyday - they can sit at the breakfast table and make goofy faces at each other for ten minutes straight, it is hilarious. I love my days with Samuel, we have so much fun together and this age is such a great one for exploring and doing activities. Within a week and a half we are going to have a puppy and soon Samuel will be walking so I am just really trying to savor this sweet, calm time in our lives.