Darling girl, you are 10 months old today! You started the day with the biggest milestone of your little life, by sleeping through the night in your own crib last night for the first time EVER! You went to sleep at 9:30 last night, which is late for you, but you didn't make a peep until 6:00 this morning! Your Daddy and I couldn't believe it when we looked at the clock and realized you'd been in your own crib all night long! We were so proud of you (and of course both felt so much better rested after a full night's sleep!).
You have a little winter cold this week, and you are not enjoying having a stuffy nose any more than anyone else does. But, in between bouts of stuffiness, coughing, and sneezing, you are as amazingly playful and happy as you always are. It's definitely good news that we've made it to 10 months with nothing more than a cold, and we are so thankful that you haven't yet experienced being really sick.
You have developed a new face over the past week - we call it the "Stink Face" and the picture above is not even close to the full deal. We get the "Stink Face" flashed our way any time we tell you "No" or "Stop" or sometimes even if we look at you just wrong. It's hard not to giggle when you make such a dirty look in such a cute way! You are going to be a stubborn little thing, and we are already aware of a strong independent streak that is developing more every day.
You are SO active - you love to boogie and dance and kick and wiggle and speed crawl and shake your booty and cruise at top speed - pretty much you like to be moving if you are awake. These chair photo shoots are getting to be a challenge! But, this month, I noticed that you were much more aware of the edges of the chair, and seemed to know if you went too close you would fall. That didn't stop you from slinging your leg up over the arms of the chair and flashing me a look a few times!
You also took a few steps this week - but today were the first you did with intention. You took 2 steps and 3 steps at a time today, and we celebrated and clapped and then you looked at us like we were crazy people, but we were so proud! Not an hour later, you tried again and bonked the corner of the coffee table, which was bound to happen at some point. And so it begins...the season of your life in which you will perpetually be giving me a heart attack as you try to conquer new physical feats and inevitably end up getting bumps and bruises (but hopefully that's the extent of the injuries!).
Your smile is so beautiful, it slays me some days when I am feeling down, and I pick you up and you flash that gorgeous smile at me and throw your arms around me and give me love. I hope you never lose your perfectly pure sense of glee and happiness - it brings light and joy to our lives every single day and makes the lives of those around you just shine with delight.
You are starting to have a flair for drama (big surprise) and we are seeing it more and more. You know how to fake cry (not that it ever gets you what you're trying for, but hey, a girl's got to try, right?) and you can flirt with the best of them. You can turn it on and off in a second, and you are just so goofy sometimes. It's just really fun to watch you developing a personality all your own, but we catch glimpses of ourselves in your mannerisms and facial expressions and behaviors, too.
You are starting to spend more time playing independently, too. You LOVE LOVE LOVE the Brown Bear, Brown Bear books, and will choose them over many others all by yourself. You are beginning to select toys to play with on your own, and will spend longer than a few seconds playing with a specific item now. It's one of my favorite things to come into a room and see you looking through the pages of a book without any prompting.
We have been trying to introduce a "Lovey" to you for a few months, and we have given you many items to choose from but for a long time nothing seemed to hold any particular interest for you. One night, Matt took you to Nicola's Bookstore and you just picked this giraffe out all by yourself, carried it around the store the whole time, and have barely put it down since! You will pick him up and if you say "Give it some love", you will hug it to your chest and pat its back...so stinking sweet! We went to get a second one, and they didn't have any that were exactly the same, but you picked out a similar bear from the same line. We'll see over time if these two buddies stick!
You can point at objects that you want now, too. We have been working on simple baby signs for certain words, and I think now that you are using your hands to communicate some, signing is likely to follow shortly. I think it will be very nice for you to be able to express what you want in ways other than crying, because I think you are getting frustrated sometimes if we don't know what you want and you clearly do.
This was a fake cry which started out as a Stink Eye face. You have lots of teeth in there now, and boy do you like to show them off! The two on either side of the middle on top are finally breaking through the gums, and I think this round has given you some trouble so I hope we're in the clear until the next ones.
You are truly, positively the brightest light in my life. You grow more beautiful, charming, funny, challenging, strong willed, and wonderfully perfect every day we know you. I can't imagine our life now without you in it. What is even more amazing to me is that in two months, you will have been here with us for an entire year. We are planning some fun things for your first birthday, but until then, we are just enjoying watching you turn into a delightful little girl. Keep us smiling, Beauty!