Thursday, September 15, 2011

10 Month Reflections

My baby is 10 months now, almost 10 and a half months!  Recently, while I watch him play, I am constantly struck by what a little person he is!  He has his own little personality, his own likes and dislikes, his own habits.  It is so hard to believe that he is the same little boy I brought home from the hospital!  I am so scared of forgetting his little quirks and habits as he develops new ones, so I figured I would get some written down.

Right now his favorite song is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, although I will usually get a huge smile out of the Itsy Bitsy Spider (he loves the hand gestures).  He loves to play with the buttons on the tv, remote, or phone.  Sometimes he will be watching one of his shows and turn the tv off on himself by accident.  While he does mind pretty well for his age, he hates being scolded.  He does the whole lower lip and alligator tears bit.

Xander LOVES his books.  He has two shelves of board books within easy access.  At least once or twice a day he will go over to them and pull down many of them.  He will spend a good 15-20 minutes just looking at them himself.  He has trouble opening the pages, so will repeatedly drop them until they fall open, and he can look at the pages.  His favorite is Noisy Farm, which he gets out the most often and gets the most excited for me to read to him.  He also really likes his sight words books, although I don't let him look at them alone since they have paper pages.

Xander has begun "sorting."  He likes to put toys on the shelves of the entertainment center.  He also pulls out my storage bins and puts random toys in.  One of the bins in his room has a slot for a handle and I found him stuffing number matching cards in it.  I find it so random and funny that he would find it amusing to redecorate for me.  It has become a challenge for me to locate everything and put it back in its proper place at the end of the night.

In the past couple of weeks he has developed another little quirk.  He will be playing, crawling, pulling himself along the couch, then pause, and lay his head down.  He rests his head for 2-3 seconds with a big grin on his face, then resumes going wherever it is he is going, then repeats.  I don't know if he is feeling the different surfaces with his face, or what.  Regardless, it is adorable to watch.

What is even more endearing, is I think Xander has started kissing.  He will be sitting on my lap or in my arms and he'll push his face up against my cheek (usually with an open mouth and lots of drool).  He will hold it there for a few seconds, then pull away.  The only thing I can think is that I kiss his cheeks constantly (they're so round and soft, can you blame me?) that he is mimicking me.

I am sure there are a dozen more things I should record so that I don't forget, but I can't think of them at the moment.

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