This past Monday Jackson hit ten months. In just two more months we’ll officially have a one-year-old on our hands. That is so crazy to me! As usual, the past thirty days flew by, but I’m happy to report that I think we’re FINALLY over the hump of illness around here (knocking on wood). Jackson did catch a couple more colds that then passed on to Mom and Dad, but they were no big deal, especially after the ordeal that was Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (If you missed the nine month recap, you can read all about that fun virus here). I’m really hoping this means we’re over the worst! Onward and upward.
I feel like Jackson made a lot of progress this month in terms of physical and mental development. He’s officially crawling now and we can’t keep him still! He is always on the move and doesn’t like to be held much anymore unless he’s tired, which is such a change from his early months when I could hardly ever put him down. He pulls himself up to standing whenever he has something around to support him and I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts walking earlier rather than later. He seems to be taking everything in and wants to grab at everything in sight so we have to watch him like a hawk pretty much at all times. Now if only I could bottle up some of his energy….
This is the most exciting part of the ten month update. Jackson is finally sleeping in his crib, and for more than 2-3 hours at a time! I can’t tell you how much of a relief this is after six months of constant night waking while sharing our bed. It hasn’t been for very long so I’m hoping it’s not just a fluke, but we have been deliberately working with him on sleep using our own method and things are looking very promising so far. He has had several nights in the past couple of weeks of sleeping over six hours straight and last night he slept from 6:15pm to 5am. What?! I could hardly believe it in the morning. I did wake up to him making a little noise around 2am but it lasted less than a minute and then he put himself back to sleep. Progress! I want to give it another week or so but if things continue to go well on the sleep front, I’ll write a post about exactly what we did, since I didn’t follow any of the training methods you read about in the books. Fingers crossed we finally have a good sleeper on our hands!
Jackson continues to be a good eater and hasn’t really turned away any food we’ve offered him. Pretty much anything that he can pick up himself and put in his mouth, he eats. We’re still giving him baby oat cereal every day, usually for breakfast, along with some fruit. At lunch time we’ll offer him a veggie puree pouch, often one that’s combined with whole grains and/or beans. And at dinner time I like to give him soft solids that he can feed himself to make sure he’s getting used to different textures. I’ll often top that off with a puree or some cereal to make sure he’s good and full. At this point I’ve introduced peanut butter a couple of times and plan to continue giving it to him in small amounts over the next month or so. This is one of those topics that experts seem to go back and forth on, but the latest recommendation is to introduce peanuts and other common food allergens early rather than late, so that’s what I’m doing. We’ve also given him scrambled eggs a couple of times so far.
In terms of milk, I’m still breastfeeding, although my supply seems to have gone way down. I’m not sure if I’ll make it to a year if my supply doesn’t pick back up but I’m hoping to hang on a couple more months.
Here are some of the things we’re loving around here these days, in no particular order:
- Cushy play mat: I bought this Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Mega Play Mat when it was discounted on Zulily and it has been a nice complement to the foam play mat we already had. It’s made of cotton so is more like a blanket than anything, and it has different textures and the alphabet to keep little ones occupied. I sometimes place it on top of the foam mat, or put it down on the floor in the nursery or other rooms when I need a soft place for Jackson to play.
- Toolbox toy: A good friend of ours kindly gave this to Jackson when we visited a few weeks ago and it has been a hit (no pun intended)! There’s a little hammer that comes out of the box and then three colored shapes that make noise when you bang on them.
- The washing machine: I was recently doing laundry and Jackson seemed fascinated by the washing machine. He stood up in front of it and was peering in and touching the glass. It was so cute.
I’ll be back in a month with the next recap. Until then, here are some of my favorite shots from the past few weeks: