I cannot believe how much you are growing and changing these days. Nine months old…officially “out” as long as you were growing in my belly. As much as I enjoyed being pregnant with you…having you around has been a million times better! You are truly our sunshine, especially now that it’s gotten rainy again. My favorite time of the day is always when I see you first thing in the morning, and on work days when I come home from work to see you and Daddy playing, or napping if you’ve been playing hard with Landon and need an extra nap before dinner.
I know I’m almost a week late writing this letter to you, but I wanted to wait until after your first Halloween so that I could include photos. On Saturday night we had our 2nd Annual Halloween Bunco Party and you definitely won the “cutest costume” award. We dressed you up as Harry Potter and you looked adorable! Everyone thought you were the cutest Harry Potter…especially your Dad and I. Then last night you “trick-or-treated” at both of your grandparent’s houses. We dressed you in a cozy lion costume, which was also a hit. At both houses all you wanted to do was stand and bang on the coffee tables.
Standing is definitely your favorite thing to do lately. At the beginning of October you would arch your back whenever I tried sitting you down, but thankfully you don’t do that as often. You do however prefer standing to any other position. We’ve seen you try pulling up but once you got your bottom off the ground you were stuck. I don’t think it’ll be long before you’re able to pull yourself up though, because now you know that coffee tables usually have fun, non-baby stuff on them. I have to say thank you though for waiting this long to really get moving around…it’s been nice to hold off on “baby proofing” the house.
Let’s see, what else can I say about this past month? You traveled again, but this time to California. It was a whirlwind trip but we had a blast celebrating your “uncle” Lloyd and “auntie” Elizabeth’s wedding. It was an incredible party, and you were a champ—sleeping through most of the evening, only to wake up and join us on the dance floor at the end of the night.
The biggest challenge of this month has been the fever you had last week. Your temperature got up to 104 at one point and we hated seeing you feel so sick. Thankfully you’re back to your normal self now, but for a few days it was pretty miserable! There were lots of extra snuggles and I took my first sick day to take care of a sick baby instead of myself. So glad you are happy and healthy again sweet boy!
You are still one of the biggest babies we know. You weigh 26.5 lbs and are 30 inches tall already! You’re in size 5 diapers (the same as kids we know who are 2-years-old!) and wear 24 month/2T clothes. At least this month you had a break from teething. Seriously Harry…you are a growing machine! Thankfully the rate you are growing has slowed down a bit so that we can get some use out of your clothes. I am so curious to see what kind of a kid you grow into. Maybe you’ll be really tall and thin and no one will ever believe what a chunk you were as a baby. No matter what, we love you just the way you are! Plus your chubby thighs, chin and belly are perfect for tickling! ;)
Life is still busy around here with the holiday season approaching, and the school year off to a good start. Mommy has conferences coming up so I don’t feel like I can really relax until Thanksgiving, but I am so looking forward to having a few breaks coming up so I can spend some extra time with you and your Daddy. By then I think you’ll be able to enjoy some yummy Thanksgiving food since you’ve been eating chunkier baby food lately, and love feeding yourself these little rice puff things.
You have little curls growing in the back of your hair, you love to clap and listen to music (especially with your Dad), and can now say: dada, doy, ba, na, and ya, but haven’t said mama yet. I could go on and on…there are so many little things each day that make me so thankful for you. But someday when you read these letters I can already hear you saying “Oh Mom…enough already” so I’ll stop here for now.
I love you Sweet Pea. You are truly a JOY in so many ways.