Speed and confidence were probably the biggest changes this month. Liam's got a lot of horsepower when he's crawling, so he gets pretty far pretty fast. He LOVES to explore and isn't afraid to wander off to other rooms to see what he can find. It's been so fun watching him develop his little routines ... When he gets tired of playing in the living room he either takes off for the study (where he has a couple of shelves of books in the bookcase) to do a little
Another month has passed with no new teeth to report: he's holding firm at 6 little chompers for now. This month he really started exploring finger foods and has gotten pretty good at getting about 75% of the food bites actually into his mouth. He loves shredded cheese and any type of bread or crackers, as well as avocado, although that one is a little slippery and harder to feed to himself. At Liam's 9 month appointment (which was right before he turned 10 months) he had a little toe prick blood draw to check his iron levels. Sweet Dr. Jackson said that his levels are high enough that we can start him on whole milk at 11 months ... IF he is doing a good job of eating all of his food groups. Prior to this news I really hadn't worked too hard to get him to eat meats - he didn't really like them and it was so messy and fussy to push it. However, saving a month's worth of formula $$ was motivation enough for me to stick with it and after testing just about every brand and type of baby food with meat, I've finally found two types that he will eat without too much protest:
Thank you, Happy Baby & Plum Organics for making baby food with meat that doesn't gag my son. I'm so very grateful. I also stopped making Liam's baby food this month. He has lots of veggies left in our freezer, he's made it quite clear he isn't interested in meat that I puree, and we've just been so busy it has been much more convenient to buy tubs and pouches of fruit than to make the mess that it is to make fruit for him myself. Also, since he's moving into the stage where he will be eating more and more of our foods with us, I didn't want to have a frozen stockpile of purees go to waste. My blender motor is thankful I'm buying pre-made now.
I think those are the main changes we've seen between 9 & 10 months. Our family has been busy, so not much exciting or new to report ... just happy everyday growth & learning. Here are a few more pictures of our sweetie.
|Little family pic before the neighborhood Valentine's party we hosted|
|Such a handsome fellow at his impromptu playground photo shoot|
|I know I posted this pic in my last post, but it's my new favorite. Those eyes are too much.|
|The official 10 month pic|
|I can't believe how old he looks!|
|& some post photo shoot giggles!|