oh my, so late. sorry elle. we still love you loads. this is basically 10.5 months but i'm sure you'll forgive me, right? i could make this really short and say YOU ARE SO MUCH FUN and I LOVE THIS AGE. in fact the only thing i don't love about this age is that your sleep is still not so good. but here are a few details anyway.
... you are talking! you say mommy, daddy, doggie (this sounds a lot like daddy), baa baa (for sheep although you say this randomly all the time anyway), and cat. i really do love this milestone. so fun.
... you're still a crawling machine. you're fast and you get where you want to go no questions asked.
... you're climbing stairs. uh-oh.
... you're pulling up on anything and everything and starting to walk with your walker a bit. you will also walk when you hold our hands and you get the proudest smile on your face when you do this.
... you 'read' books. you like me to read to you and you turn the pages and you will also flip through on your own. board books are pretty much the only ones that are safe around you.
... you love to wrestle with your daddy. avery too if she's gentle enough.
... you are a really tough kid. you don't cry for much (except when you don't get your way). in fact at one time this month avery hit you in the face because you took her toy and your lip started bleeding. you didn't even think about crying but you did give her a look like, 'oh hell no'. i think she's in trouble when you get bigger.
... speaking of toys you love to play with anything and everything your sister is into. we're constantly hearing from avery that "i'm frustrated!" and i get it. but thankfully when she's in the mood you guys are starting to play together nicely. this usually involves her dictating the game and giving and taking toys away from you at random but you're usually amused enough by her made up games that you play along for a bit.
... you eat everything. you're eating three meals a day and i usually just give you whatever we're eating unless it's really hard or tough to chew. dinner is your favorite meal and i'm always impressed with how much food you can actually eat.
... you have three teeth. two on the bottom and one on the top.
... you do not like sleeping without me. you've regressed to waking up after a short period of time after i put you to bed and you will scream your face off as long as you deem necessary (until i come and rescue you). we probably need to night wean at some point but i'm not mentally ready for that battle yet.
... you hate the car and only tolerate the stroller when you're tired enough to be sleeping. i really hate driving anywhere longer than 20 minutes with you because there's a change you'll scream the whole way. i moved you into a convertible carseat this month in hopes that it would help but no such luck.
... you love ollie and like to lay your head down on his fluffy, fat belly. he's pretty good with you, too. the rest of the animals are a distant second to him.
you love your sister, your dad, and i'm guessing me, too. and we have loved watching you grow. lately we've been thinking that there's a good chance you'll be our last baby, which is sort of bittersweet. it's made me cherish those snuggles that i get from you even more and worry a little less about when you'll start sleeping through the night. you are the sweetest baby and as hard as those first few months were with you these past few have been so sweet and happy. love you big e.