William is ten months old,or was, Aug 29th... And he's ginormous!
At 10 months he was 20 pounds and 29 3/4 inches tall. Okay so compared to other babies his only in the 25th percentile for weight- not that ginormous, but he is a tall one and I swear he feels about 50 pounds heavier when I carry him.
Taking pictures of this little guy has now taken on new challenges- he wants to run away.
or steal the camera
But, he never disappoints when it comes to ridiculous faces
Some things you're just born with I guess...
And with the gene pool he was selected from...
Are you really surprised?
didn't think so.
I think it's fair to say that William is in my favorite stage (so far) and is showing enormous amounts of personality. However, like any stage, it's not without difficulty- He has cut six teeth in a matter of weeks. Ouch! Thank you baby advil. Up until 9 months, William was edentulous. The first to pop through were his laterals, creating quite the baby vampire vibe. Thankfully his centrals are through now and I wont have to entertain the idea of play dates with Renesmee...
From 9 to 10 months there were a lot of changes. William has now mastered the correct posture of crawling, leaving army crawling behind. He isn't very quick and tends to mosey to places. It's just been within the last week he's picked up speed. I have now witness if-by-crawling-I-could-run. It's hilarious! and is accompanied with some serious sound effects of joy for whatever he is after.
He can pull himself up on furniture and grab everything. Even things you could have sworn were out of reach. Like say, a tissue box.
William also follows me around the apartment. Everywhere. All the time. When Matt is home and we are in separate rooms, William will crawl from one of us to the next. Once he sees I'm still in the same spot he's off to check on Matt.
While Will was learning all these new tricks, we discovered he only liked to practice them in private. We purchased a video monitor months ago and I really liked being able to check on him visually without opening his door. You might as well yell in that boys ears when you open his bedroom door. He will wake up the instant you try! Anyway, the monitor became extra useful when he started to sit up and couldn't get back down. During this learning period, sleep was put on the back burner and his crib became training ground. He would spend upwards of half an hour rolling, army crawling into sitting and standing. Outside of his crib however, he didn't lead on to any of skills. Once he felt comfortable in his abilities he was ready to share, I guess. We might have a perfectionist on our hands...
William still loves to read. In fact, he has put toys on hold and plays with books most of the day. Books and random objects that is. He will sit, open, turn the pages and then toss the book to the side and grab another. He has even started "reading" to himself. I could watch him do this for ever.
Will also enjoys his new stroller. I am a complete amateur runner, but have been committed for a while, so we bought something a little more conducive to the trails, here in Eugene. Will loves it so much that he squeals with excitement when I run fast. Since I never run fast (a speed walker could kick my butt.... Okay, the 70 year old woman running this morning kicked my butt) it's usually when we are going down a hill and I have both gravity and momentum on my side. Anyway, he is my best running buddy and I love being outside with him.
His favorite game is still, peek-a-boo. He will play it by himself or with whoever is watching. He takes his blanket and pulls it over his head and laughs until you say, "Wait a minute, where did Will go?" Then he will pull it of and get so excited he throws the blanket right back over his head. This usually goes on for a while.
Mimicking is a pretty fun game too. He hasn't quite mastered the repeating of words, but he will repeat sounds and will start laughing when others are.
I feel so lucky to be William's mother. I am grateful he is apart of our family and can't wait to see what the following months bring.