The Tenth Month

Baby girl is 10 months old, you guys. That’s, like, so close to a year it’s freaking me out a little.

This month has been another crazy one, with her second round-trip intercontinental flight, including an overnight stay in a country that required an actual stamp (visa) in her already well-used passport.

It was the month we said goodbye to Saba, too soon after their first face-to-face encounter.

Developmentally, she’s not doing many new things. She’s doing all the new things from the previous month, only more and better. She crawls or cruises everywhere. Her experiments with standing alone are becoming longer and longer, up to ten seconds or so at a time. She waves to anyone and everything, whether they wave back or not, her favorite being her own reflection in a mirror or window.

What is new is the separation anxiety. I can’t walk away from her (or sometimes even put her down) without her crying and/or crawling after me. This was particularly difficult in my FIL’s apartment, where there were many more corners for me to disappear around.

I think that’s what’s also been contributing to the sleep difficulties this month. She hardly ever slept without me next to her (or even under her, in some cases) for our entire trip. Which meant I was on 24/7 baby duty the whole time. Which is freaking exhausting. Now that we’re back home, we’re working on it. I just listened to her scream for 15 minutes (heartbreaking) before finally settling down for a nap. Hopefully it gets better from here.

The other new thing is the tooth count. She’s gone from 0 to three in the last month! And because baby girl doesn’t do anything by the book, they came in out of order, the most adorably jagged little monster teeth I’ve ever seen.
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Also, she makes this chirpy sound to “talk” to the cats, which she’s been doing for a while, but it has extended to other animals as well. We’ve started calling her Dr. Doolittle. So stinkin’ cute.

Favorite things: Mommy and Aba, the cats, testing out the new teeth (on my arm or socks or pants), clementines, making kissy sounds, cruising, talking to the animals, singing

Not-so-favorite things: sleep (ugh), sitting still, diaper changes, getting dressed

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3 thoughts on “The Tenth Month

  1. It sounds like you are going through the sleep/separation anxiety stuff we went through from 9 months until just recently. D is finally sleeping better again! And the chirpy sounds to animals, kiss sounds, waving, and no new major milestones is TOTALLY DAPHNE. Everyone was like, “oh she’ll be an early walker because she stood at 7 months old.” I don’t think so, people, my little girl is cautious! And I don’t mind at all 🙂 It’s a dangerous world out there…

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