Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hello! Caroline...10 Months Old

This past month has been a whirlwind peanut! The holidays, the celebration of the new year...so much to look back on and so  much to look forward to. You're 10 months old, how can that be?
The Details. You're into EVERYTHING you can get your hands on. Your attention span for any one toy is about 10 minutes and then you're on to the next best thing...mommy's iPhone. I am counting down the days until I can get a new one and you can have a "play" phone of your very own. We've tried gifting you every toy phone out on the market yet you only want mine...surprise surprise. Favorite activities right now include riding on your car Mimi and Pappy got you, taking all your toys out of your toy bin, playing with your wooden musical instruments, standing next to the door looking outside, watching Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse, and dancing to music. You love to help me in the kitchen, especially when it comes to emptying cabinets and banging pots and pans...such fun, such fun. I am now one of "those moms" - I practically let you do anything, as long as it's not harmful. You have even been known to eat off the floor...five second minute rule applies at our house my friends. (and yes, judge ALL you want for you'd do it too if it kept your little one from screaming at the top of their lungs)
Milestones, Big and Small. You're still crawling, pulling up on everything, attempting to open every baby gate we have, and cruising back and forth from pieces of furniture. You will take a step by yourself, freak out, and then immediately sit down...it's hilarious. We discovered your new favorite adventure is to climb up the stairs (supervised of course). You'll make your way up all by yourself and then as soon as we reach the top you turn around and are ready for me to clap for your big accomplishment. You also learned to say "da-da" this past month and of course your father smiles from ear to ear in excitement...it's really sweet. Recently, you've started trying to say "bottle"...you adorable little piggy. You love to share...blocks, toys, food, and you'll take every DVD out of the cabinet and hand them to me, one by one, smiling as you know you're being oh so kind. Sharing is a life lesson it took your mom a lot longer to master and I hope you are better at it than me (yes, Caroline, you can ask all your aunties about this...not my best attribute I assure you). 
Such a Personality. You wave at ANYONE and EVERYONE. It doesn't matter where we are...the gym, restaurants, the grocery store...if you see someone you think all attention should be focused on you and you get irritated if someone doesn't go ga-ga over your cuteness. You also babble and converse with yourself all the time...I see all these babies of similar ages sitting there quietly and I just laugh because the only time you're not "talking" is when you're asleep.
so many clothes, so little time
Growing Pains. This past month we had to venture to the doctor for your 9 month shots...ugh how I loathe those days. I especially dislike when we take a perfectly healthy baby in and come out with a sickly one...not fun. We were home bound for 4 days and I thought I was going to go nuts...you were so sad and fussy that it made my heart hurt because I couldn't fix it. I knew you felt horrible when you would lounge on me and sit still while we watched TV..this is something you would never normally do and all you wanted was some mama love. Luckily though, you got over it and we were on our way to bigger and better things. At your appt, you weighed 19 lbs, 7 ounces (65%), and were 28.5 inches long (75%).
We changed your routine up a bit this past month to get you on track with eating solids and lessening how much formula you drink each day. You eat solids for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a small bottle, and then have 2 snacks as well as your nighttime bottle right before bed. You've accustomed quite well to the change and are loving trying so many new foods. Your favorites are waffles, grapes, yogurt, cheese, pasta noodles, hot dogs, mashed potatoes, green beans, blueberries, and crackers...not a "well-balanced" diet as of now, but we'll get there in due time. You sleep about 10-11 hours per night, going down around 8PM and waking up at 7AM and take two 1.5 hour naps each day. You also have 7 teeth and love to give little love bites...ouch that hurt!
Everyone has told me this is their favorite "stage" and I can totally see why...it's like you're this little person now and I am constantly mesmerized by everything you do. I thank my lucky stars I am able to spend so much time with you, and we both look forward to the weekends so we can have time together as a family of three...these next few months are going to be crazy with birthday party planning, getting ready for baby #2, and working on designs for the new house so I am doing as much as I can to savor this sweet time you and I have together. I love you Caroline!

19 comments:

  1. Oh my lanta, these pictures of her are precious! Caroline is a beautiful blessing!

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  2. she is so cute! My how time really does just fly by!!!

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  3. She is precious Natasha. You are right, 10-12 months is the most FUN!

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  4. Happy 10 months Caroline! You're a beauty !

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  5. such a little beauty!She is growing up way to quickly! Don't worry the 5 sec rule applies over here as well ;)

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  6. She's such a cutie! I can't believe she's 10 months already. Time flies! :)

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  7. I just love the last picture of her...such a diva ;) She is growing SO FAST!! I remember BEFORE you were pregnant; I can't believe you are getting ready for #2!! It has been so fun to watch her grow. :)

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  8. This is my favorite time too (10 months)! So fun!

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  9. such beautiful girl! nice to see whats ahead, I have an almost eight month old! :)

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  10. That closet is amazing! So much pink and so many frills! Love it!

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  11. She is too cute! Is that blanket from Restoration Hardware? I have two but have never thought of putting my initials on them!! LOVE it

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  12. she's a cutie momma! how are you feeling? xoxo shel

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  13. Each month she gets cuter and cuter! She makes me want another baby!!!

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  14. She is just so darling! Love her little outfit and pose at the end. Cannot believe that she's 10 MONTHS already...seriously...where has time gone? And I love that cute piggie in the background...where did you find it??

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  15. Caroline is so precious! She is looking more and more like her daddy by the day!
    I'd love an update on how your house plans are coming along!

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  16. She is SO big!! How is she 10 months already?!

    I always say I don't care what other people think, as long as my baby is happy, which she is! 5 second rule and emptying out the drawers in the kitchen is fine in my book!! :)

    You said designs for new house, are you guys building a new house?

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  17. Oh my goodness! She has gotten so big! I feel like you just had her and now she is nearly one! It's crazy how time flies. I just had our baby boy and I can't believe how much he has grown and changed in a week!

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