Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy (Very Late) Ten Months, Easton!!!

Dear Easton,

Oh, son, I am so sorry. I never got your 9 month pictures or letter written and now I am super behind on your 10 month post. I have no good excuse except that I was deep in the trenches of depression during that time. I'm so sad that I wasn't able to pull it together enough to write to you or take your picture. I hope you know that you were so loved during that time even though there is nothing here to show for it.

You have been crawling since right before your 9 month birthday and haven't stopped moving since! You are FAST. I mean super fast. Faster than I ever dreamed a baby could be. Fast enough that it sort of causes me some stress. I mean I can literally sit you down, put a dish in the sink, and turn back around and you are no longer in the kitchen. You love to be in the bathroom going through the cabinets, near the fireplace, or climbing the stairs...all not so great places for a little baby.

Speaking of climbing the stairs, that is a skill you've had mastered since your first try. You remind me of your daddy in so many ways. You look at a problem or obstacle and then tackle it head on. You waste no time in figuring out how you are going to accomplish a certain feat. You just go for it. I think (and pray!) that this will be a great trait for you in the's just a little nerve-wracking right now. You can climb the entire staircase and we never let you climb them alone (well, except for that one time you disappeared and I realized that I had left the stair gate open....needless to say you were upstairs and I almost had a heart attack....I can tell you that I've never forgotten to shut it again!) We haven't worked with you on getting back down the stairs, but since Daddy or I am always with you it hasn't been a problem yet.

You LOVE to play. I am amazed at how well you can entertain yourself in the playroom with all the toys in there. You love the John Deere Buck that Big Papa and Nammy got you and you love your farm set. Blocks are a big hit right now too. In fact, you can stack one on top of the other about 75% of the time!!! You also love to play with whatever Lauren is playing with....which has caused many a problem over the past few months. One thing we are still working on is that you still put everything in your mouth. I say, "No mouth" at least fifty times a day and I still end up fishing small bits of paper and other miscellany items out of your mouth.

For as sweet as you are, you have a temper. Honestly, I am not really sure what to do with it yet, but I know that you are trying to figure out your world and boundaries...I've just got to teach you (Lord, help me!) how to deal with all those emotions you have! You arch your back and throw the craziest fits when you don't get your way or when I change your diaper or when I don't get your food to you fast enough. I'm in over my head!

You are still a pretty big boy. We just went to the doctor and you weigh 21 pounds and are in the 50th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height. You are doing great! You are still in size 3 diapers but mainly because I stocked up A TON before you were born and I still have size 3's to go through. :) You wear size 9 - 12 month clothes and a size 3 shoe.

You eat SO much. Your daddy and I laugh that you eat more than we do. You love green beans, peas, bananas, grapes, cheese, yogurt, bread, and chicken. You can eat almost a whole grilled cheese sandwich! You don't like juice and prefer water in your sippy cup. I am still nursing you but it is definitely not as much as before. I nurse you when you wake in the morning, before nap times, and before bed. Pretty soon we will start quitting the nap time feedings. You are growing up!

Your sleep schedule is getting better and better. You go to sleep around 7:30 at night and will usually sleep until 5:30 or 6:30 before needing to eat. Sometimes you will wake before that and we will have to go in and give you your pacifier and get you back to sleep. You are usually up for the day around 6:30 and then you take two naps throughout the day. Most times you sleep about an hour a time. You are a much happier baby when you get good quality sleep so we have really been working on helping you get that sleep you need!

Easton, we love you so much. You have really become your own little person with your own little personality and we are falling more for you every single day. Yes, you stretch us and grow us, but we wouldn't have it any other way. God is so good little boy!

I love you to the moon and back fourteen million times.