This is a little late, but here is my blog post about our son’s development at 10-months.
Linden weighed in at 17lbs 13oz and 27.5″ at his 10-month check up with the doctor. He is a little guy, but is growing well, and is healthy so we have nothing to worry about in that regard. He is no longer breastfeeding – he is purely on puréed foods and drinking water (no milk or juice). We do give him homemade popsicles made of apple or pear water (the left over water from when we steam his food) to help with his teething. This also ensures he gets lots of fluids for these hot summer days. Stopping breastfeeding was actually a lot easier than I had anticipated. We were feeding him puréed foods 3 times a day, and breastfeeding pretty much just before bed to help him to fall asleep. Usually, my husband gives him a bath before bed, and while he’s doing that, I’ll go have a shower. One day, I took longer in the shower (or Linden was quicker in the bath), so my husband sat with our son, and Linden just fell asleep for the night. And that was the end of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding was always a horrible experience for me – it was painful and uncomfortable – so I definitely do not have any thoughts of missing the “bonding”. Bonding – schmonding. It hurt, it was a pain (literally and figuratively), and it just downright sucked. Good riddance to that!
He is still on puréed foods, which I thought he would be moving on to more solid foods by now. I think he just got a slightly later start because he didn’t get his first tooth till he was 9.5 months old. We have tried giving him small cut up pieces of soft foods (like banana and avocado), but he just swallowed them whole which almost ended up in a trip to emergency. He managed to get it down though since it was a softer fruit, so all was good. We have decided not to push the issue until he is ready. He eats Baby Mum-mums though, and knows to chew those (although they mostly dissolve). He didn’t take a liking at all to meats, so he’s eating quinoa mixed in with his vegetables, and flavoured tofu (an awesome suggestion from a friend of ours who had the same experience with their baby not liking meat).
He now has 4 teeth – 2 at the top, and 2 at the bottom. The bottom ones came in first, and we didn’t even know they were breaking through until he put my finger in his mouth and bit my finger. I was surprised to find two little teeth at the bottom. They never seemed to really bother him. The first top tooth however, bled a fair amount when it broke through the gum, and the second top tooth gave him a bit of a rough time. Although after we saw it, we know why – the thing is huge! He had a few restless nights because of that beast! I’m sure every baby is different, they all get their teeth at different times/ages, and they all react differently when the teeth come through. Linden (and we) were fortunate that they didn’t hurt him that much.
For those of you following my blog, we enrolled Linden in a Baby Sign Language program when he was 6 months old, and we have been going since then. He absolutely loves the classes, and has (finally) made some progress. His first sign was ‘milk’ (at about 8 months old), and he now can sign ‘light’, ‘dog’ (although since our dog’s name is Snowy, he signs ‘dog’ when you say ‘Snowy’), he waives hello and can clap. We are currently working on getting him to sign ‘book’, and ‘thank you’. He also loves music, and “dances” whenever he hears music or if you sing to him.
He is doing really well in swimming, and private lessons have paid off – although the
lessons were expensive, they were worth every penny. We enrolled Linden in private swim lessons with Swim Clo Aquatics since they were the only swim school I could find who would take babies under 6 months. Now that he’s older and enrolled in public classes, he’s miles ahead of the other kids who are much older than him. (I’m not trying to brag, I’m just explaining why the private lessons were worth it). In the pool, he can swim (short distances, maybe like 5-7 feet) from my husband to me and vice versa, he can turn over from his back to his front and vice versa, he can be fully submerged, he kicks his legs (to actually swim), he splashes his hands on the surface of the water if you tell him to, and if you say “reach for the edge”, he reaches for the edge of the pool and hangs on. The main difference between the private lessons and the lessons from the local community centres, is that in the private lessons, they focus a lot on water safety and actually getting your child to learn to swim and learn the basics. Its very repetitive, but the results show. In the community centre program, they’re more about having a ton of fun, lots of songs and games for the little ones. They both run the same program (Red Cross Preschool program from Starfish to Whale).
Outside of the pool, he’s gotten really good at crawling, and can climb up 2 whole flights of stairs. In fact, he loves to climb the stairs, that if you pick him up, he lets you know of his dismay. So we just follow closely behind him and let him tire himself out! He loves going to MyGym where he gets to sing and do circle time, and then I take him and let him climb up all their apparatus and crawl through wobbly tunnels, play on their swings, go zip-lining, climb ladders and go down slides, and then has his independent time (which he totally sucks at). He does however, love to share, which we normally encourage, but he loves to share his food (particularly Baby Mum-mums with our dog Snowy), so although he don’t want our dog taking his food, we figure that sharing is a good thing for him to learn for now.
Lastly, he’s sleeping through the night, from 8:30pm till about 6:30 (sometimes 7) am. Its been so nice to be able to sleep again!
And thats about it for his updates!