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Alexander: 10 Months

I didn’t love having a newborn.  I mean, I loved my newborn, but I didn’t love the newborn stage.  Sure, there was something nice about a tiny, helpless baby that slept on your chest, but there was nothing fun about a tiny, helpless baby that slept on your chest.  So, unlike a lot of people, who seem to really miss the newborn days, I look forward to Alexander growing up.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to wake up tomorrow and have him be 13, but as he’s gotten older, he’s gotten a lot more fun.

Alexander is 10 months old.  (And apparently not asleep as I’m typing this.)

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He’s still a tiny little guy.  He’s in the 15 lb range.  I’m hoping closer to 16 lbs, but at 10 months, he still has 3-6 month clothes that fit.  People sometimes tell me that it’s cute that he’s so small, but it’s actually incredibly stressful.  He’s never been a great eater.  He’s better with food than formula (I don’t blame him; have you ever tasted formula?) but even with food, he’s never like voraciously taking it in.

Daycare food

Alexander drinks about 25 oz of formula a day and eats about 10-12 oz of pureed food.  I’m working on transitioning him to table/finger foods, but it’s hard.  He does like Cheerios though.  And he’s getting somewhat decent at picking them up and putting them in his mouth.

Alexander can sit up like a champ.  He’s been army crawling since September, but only in the last week or so did he realize that it was way more efficient to crawl and his hands and knees.  He also started pulling up.  Mostly in his crib.   Yes, I’m aware that I need to lower the mattress.

Standing

He babbles a lot and there’s a lot of “mamama” and “dadada” but it’s not directed to us.  He’ll clap and I’ve been trying to teach him to give high fives.  He also really needs a haircut.

Hair

Okay, he woke up like 3 times while I was typing this.  What was I saying about not missing the tiny newborn who sleeps on your chest?

The Pacifier Diaries

Oftentimes people ask me if Alexander sleeps through the night.  And I usually respond with “yes.”  He generally does sleep all night.  Only there’s this one thing…

Pacifier

See that pacifier?  The one that’s not in his mouth?  At some point before he wakes up in the morning (actually at several points), he’ll notice the pacifier is no longer in his mouth and he’ll start to cry.  Disregard the fact that when he’s awake, he can totally put the pacifier in his mouth by himself.  Not only can he do that, but he’ll seek out some pacifier that’s like across the room under the dining room table covered in dog hair and want to put that in his mouth.  But when he’s asleep?  Forget about it.

So I’ll hear whining in the baby monitor.  And I’ve learned from prior experience that as soon as I hear this whining, I need to jump up from a dead sleep and run into his room and put the pacifier in his mouth.  If I don’t get there fast enough, the whining turns to straight up crying and my baby who was mostly asleep becomes mostly awake.  And if he sits up, it’s all over.

So, yeah, he sleeps through the night.  But do I?  Questionable.

Halloween

I keep thinking I’m going to start my next blog post with, “This is the end.  I’m not blogging anymore.”  but then I find some free time and something to write about, though this post is probably only going to be interesting if you want baby pictures.

So, Halloween.  My office is really big into Halloween.  If you don’t dress up, you’re kind of looked down upon.  A lot of people do group costumes which are always popular, so three other people from my department, one from sales and myself dressed up as hipster Disney princesses.  There was an Alice, a Mulan, a Pocahontas, a Belle and I was Jasmine.

Hipster jasmine

We had to add name tags at the last minute because no one knew who we were.  That vest is green, by the way, and I also had on camo leggings and black chuck taylors.

Alexander’s daycare had a little trick or treating event, so I went over there for that.

Alex dino

Lee alex dino

Unfortunately, my little dinosaur wasn’t feeling very well.  He threw up everywhere like a minute before I got there.  Fortunately, he wasn’t in his costume yet.  His teacher told me that there was a stomach bug going around the classroom and three kids had it.  (Foreshadowing).

After we got home, we went to a little trick or treating thing near our house.  Alexander seemed to be feeling somewhat better.

Jason dino

And was really interested in his candy.  (His candy that he didn’t actually eat, I feel like I have to add.)

Dino twizzlers

Alex dino tucker

And then I started to feel not so hot.  And basically felt like I was going to throw up every time I ate anything.  I tried to ignore it but mostly lazed around the house on Saturday.  We did go out for a friend’s birthday celebration.  I felt fine there, but we ate afterward and I was up all night with horrible nausea.  So that’s been fun.  At least we get another hour.  And the dinosaur feels better.

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