We're on the fast track to a birthday around here...
Wait....WHAT?!? Seriously?! All I can say is wow. Really...just wow.
Now that I've caught my breath, let's get to it:)
If you were around for the 10 months update, you remember that Noah had some attitude issues going on. He just stayed kind of cranky and out of sorts for some time. Well, I'm very happy to report that Noah is back to his lovable, silly, happy-go-lucky self....most of the time:) But that stubbornness and temper are most certainly still lurking under the surface! Generally these rear their ugly heads when Noah isn't given his way. He is becoming quite independent in terms of choosing activities, and is learning to point to what he wants otherwise (food, drink, person, etc). And I'm sure you can imagine that once that toothy grin is flashed, Noah is hard to resist:)
I still don't have an accurate weight/length since his last wellness visit at 9 months, but suppose he's around 28 pounds/32 inches? The 12-18m clothes have been packed away, and the remaining 18-24m summer things are getting snug and short. We've bought several outfits for fall now, and we're sticking with 24m or 2T. Actually, he's been wearing a few of his new 2T pajamas and they fit perfectly. I'm sure that when he does go for his 1 year wellness visit in a few weeks that he'll shock and amaze everyone with his size, as usual:)
Noah remains a very healthy eater with a big appetite! Here is a picture of a typical lunch (or maybe dinner) for him..
Sweet potatoes with cinnamon, steamed broccoli, steamed cauliflower, banana mishmash (fruit puree by plum organics), cheese crackers (by earth's best), and water
No more baby food for this kid! Noah is totally on regular table food now...and he is doing very well! Considering the mouthful of teeth (8 in total) he has, he has no trouble chewing solids, as long as they're not too hard. And he still isn't picky...thank goodness! Here are the things he eats regularly, with those that are starred being a favorite:
*Whole grain waffles
Whole wheat bread slices
*Bread in restaurants
Craisins (dried cranberries)
Rice (especially the cheesy Rice-a-roni!)
Gerber Lil Entrees (pasta stars & meat sauce; mashed potato & roasted chicken; turkey & rice)
*Gerber Puffs (all varieties)
*Gerber Lil' Crunchies (especially zesty tomato and veggie dip)
Gerber Veggie Crackers
Plum Organics Fiddlesticks (especially apple & carrot)
*Plum Organics Fingerfuls (all varieties)
*Plum Organics Mishmash (all varieties)
*Earth's Best Sesame Street Snacks (smiley snacks, crunchin' crackers, etc)
Noah is also basically off of a bottle completely. He only takes around 16 ounces of formula a day now, and usually drinks these from his sippy cup. I think he'll make the transition to regular milk well! He also still hates juice and loves water. So no complaints in the nutrition department:)
Noah is doing great with motor skills too! Still no independent walking, but he does really well when holding onto things..
He will be taking those first steps soon though! He is very steady and confident when holding your hands and walking, and is standing for longer and longer on his own. I think he may be moving by his birthday, but we'll see:)
Noah also loves climbing, thanks to this early birthday present..
And finally in motor skills, Noah is a dancing machine! He just started this this past week, and it is the cutest thing I think I've ever seen! I wish I could get a video..
In the language department, Noah sure can say a lot without saying anything at all:) haha! He hasn't really added any new words to his vocabulary, unless "Ooooo" counts, which he says a lot while pointing. But he did say "bubble" today! He repeated it while reading a story. We'll see if that was just a fluke or not. Another word he seems to be working on is "puppy." He LOVES terroriz..I mean playing:) with Petey & Patch when we visit my mom.
Something he has gotten very proficient at is communicating his mood/feelings/wants/etc. He doesn't just babble to be doing it; Noah really can make whatever he is trying to say known, even without the actual words. One thing is for certain, though, Noah is definitely going to be a talker!
I am amazed at how much Noah's personality has come out in the last month. He is quite the social little man! He is playing well with other children (no more biting incidents, thankfully!), and loves to be the center of attention. Always a ham, he never misses an opportunity to let his silliness run wild and make you laugh and smile:)
I am so proud of my Noah and all he is becoming! And I know that as we enter *toddlerhood,* things are just beginning to get fun:)