Ian is 10 1/2 months old already. Time is going by too quickly. I feel like I missed out on the whole newborn thing with him since he was so big at birth (9lbs. 6 oz.). However, I am so enjoying every moment with him. Well, maybe not every moment. He has been teething and not handling it well (I don't blame him). He has gotten 4 teeth within a matter of a couple weeks. He has 2 on top and 2 on the bottom now. Anyway, I thought I'd write down some fun things he does / has been doing because I'm so bad at documenting this stuff! When he is not teething, he is a very happy, smily, content little dude. He's been pulling himself up on everything since about 8 months. Started crawling between 8 and 9 months and is now moving on to climbing. Yesterday he managed to pull himself up, climb up onto our ottoman, then onto the rocking chair. We had to take Anna out of the crib at 14 months and put her in a bed because she was climbing out of it...I have a feeling Ian is headed in that same direction. Over the last couple of days he has been standing next to the couch or whatever he happens to be holding on to - and he lets go and just stands there - perfectly balanced. He's very tall, but his weight gain has actually slowed and he's not in the 90th percentile anymore. Probably because he's so active now. It is certainly not a lack of food. I have never witnessed a baby eat so much! My girls, who have always been tiny, never ate like this! I'm a little scared for my grocery budget as he grows even more. I have been teaching him some baby signs - so far the only ones he knows are "More" and "All Done". When his food is gone, I sign all done and usually he starts crying! "More" is definitely his favorite sign...and I have a feeling that will also be his first word. He signs "More" and says "MMM" "MMM". I have an appointment for his first haircut on Friday. I'm not ready for that ~ every time I've seen a little boy get his first haircut, he instantly looks all grown up. I have never been one to wish my kids would stay little - but for some reason I just want my little man to stay that way. I kind of think he's the cutest thing on the planet and don't want him to grow up to be a smelly boy. ;-)
PS. My friend Erin took these beautiful pictures of Ian.
Kristie stays at home and loves to read, sew, play piano, and teach piano. Eric is a computer engineer for a small IT company in Fresno. He knows just about everything about anything electronic...I've nicknamed him MacGuyver due to his ability to create / fix just about anything. Haylie and Anna are our two crazy girls who love dirt, mischief, and all things girly. Ian is a sweet, fun, happy little boy. We're so grateful to have a boy in the mix!! We have 4 chickens named Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, and Belle, a tortoise named Curly and a box turtle named Moe.