Emily's hit the double digits! Last week, she mastered crawling, pointing, clapping, and waving. Although the transition into more mobility comes with some reluctance, I'm actually really glad. She struggled when she saw something interesting and couldn't get her body moving to investigate. So, I'm relieved, after several weeks of being almost there - she's finally got her own little jig that gets her from A to B (she's just as pleased as punch with herself and it's hysterical).
Matt and I spent a little time on Sunday removing things from low shelves and rearranging the bookcase from which she loves carefully selecting and pulling down the biggest, heaviest ones. Her interest has peaked with cat food dishes and electrical outlets, so that too needed some modification - and now more than ever I keep thinking, "who signed me up for this motherhood thing?" I have to keep her alive, and not go crazy thinking of all the mischief and danger she could get herself in to. It's maddening. I can't get ahead of myself thinking of what the teenage years will be like because I truly will lose my mind, and nobodies got time for that!
Anyhow, Emily is a big girl! She's in the 93rd percentile for height and the 56th percentile for weight - she's almost 21 lbs! She's fitting snug into 12 month clothing. Eating mostly finger foods although I did get to sneak in some puréed prunes and applesauce this week (only if she got to hold the spoon). Her favorite foods are black beans, avocado, sweet potatoes, zucchini, tofu, and little pastas with tomato sauce. She would eat just about anything that's in front of her though, I'm sure. Just like her mom.
Emily loves the library. As soon as we round the corner to the kids section she squeals and kicks! We usually go to the Fairport Library because it's just a 5 minute walk from our house but we recently went to the Pittsford Library and her reaction was just about the same! They had puppets there and she just about lost her mind! She loves animals, mostly dogs. She loves books that require the reader to make ridiculous sounds, or have feely animals like a furry kitten or a pokey porcupine. She also likes to read and uses a funny voice that's loud and low. She's hilarious... She loves looking into the mirror and will usually slyly smile or kiss her reflection. It's hysterical to watch!
Em has made a few adorable friends, Eva, Leah and Faye, Riley and Olivia, and Vivienne. She likes to go on walks with them, visit parks, play with their toys, and squeeze or smack them. We're still learning about personal space. It's been great getting to meet some sweet moms in the neighborhood who are in the same chapter of life I'm in. It's actually a life-saver.
I tried to outline some points in our day, the madness of mealtime, the tears when she can't be dangerous, reading some of her current favorite books (Some Bugs and That's not my Cow), some of her favorite play things; hair ties and wooden spoons of all things, and bath time, where she likes to splash like crazy and tell big stories, as you can see. I couldn't manage my camera for other points of the day such as sleeping (with me) as that has been a constant since she was about four months. It's bittersweet, and I could go on for five more chapters talking about that - this post is already too long. I also didn't document her tantrums whenever I have to change her diaper or change her clothes. I say this just because these pictures show a more relaxed side of Emily, and I don't want anyone to misinterpret the fact that we do struggle at times (often daily)!
She's a ball of cuteness! She's super sweet but she can be a really big stinker, too. I guess we all can be. I am not ready for her first birthday at all - a day in which I will reflect on the day she came into the world, the insanity of the past year, and how much becoming a parent has changed me... I'll cry for sure. I've got two short months to best prepare. Until then, happy ten months little pumpkin!