Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Perfect 10 (months old)

10 months old and 10 times as adorable
Double digits! 10 months old! In just two months our baby girl will be ONE YEAR OLD! Inconceivable.

As Nora enters her tenth month of life, she is doing so by crawling, pulling up on everything (especially unstable, dangerous things), walking with assistance (lots of laps around the first floor of our house), and cutting her third tooth! It's a busy month already.

Now that Nora is mobile, I pretty much live in a constant state of anxiety. Well, stifled anxiety because I don't want to inhibit Nora from exploring - but dang that girl likes to check out anything and everything that is hard, metal, wood, pointy, oversized, unstable, can pinch her fingers, crack her skull, etc. She also is totally ok with hurling herself forward to get to something. We've already had a couple of bumps on the head that not only brought tears to Nora's eyes but to Mommy's too. Sometimes a bump or tumble happens so fast!

I mentioned the pulling up, right? One morning I went in to get Nora and there she was, standing up in her crib! All smiles and filled with pride. Honestly, it was adorable. BUT not that adorable; that afternoon we lowered the crib to it's lowest setting. :) She still stands up in it, but hopefully this will keep her from catapulting herself out.

We have also joined the YMCA (they just built a brand new one in town) and have been taking Nora to the indoor baby pool there. To say she loves it is a massive understatement. It is so fun to watch her embrace something new like being in a pool. She loves walking around in the water and flicking it with her fingers. She laughs and smiles at the other kids in the pool and occasionally lets out a whoop of joy. It is so awesome! It also insures that she takes an afternoon nap, something she likes to resist now and again.

New foods continue to be introduced and we are working on lowering the amount of formula we give her. In just a couple of months we should be off the bottle, right? Wow. She's moving from baby to infant. This brings me great joy as well as a bit of sadness. My father has always talked to me about the passage of time and how that changes as we get older and have children. I'm sorry to say that he was right about this. Time is moving too fast for my taste. We're doing everything we can to savor our moments together because if they are going to keep going this fast, I want to capture every moment that I can.

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