Sunday, December 27, 2009

ten months today

Hello World!


Today is my ten month birthday. Can you believe that?



Yeah, neither can Mommy. She says she can't believe how grown up I'm looking all of a sudden. I'm struggling a little more with my weight gain lately (stupid gushers!), but I'm sure not scrawny. I currently weigh 19 lb 11 oz, and we think I'm in the thirty something percentile. But that was a while ago, and Mommy says I've probably dropped a little bit. I'm on just Soy formula now, and we're just now starting to try solids again. Mom says I'm doing much better than I was a few months ago. Sometimes I'll eat about a half a container of baby food in one sitting. THAT is a very big deal for me. My hair is getting so long that I almost need a haircut. It's really thick on top, but because I blistered so badly on the back of my head when I was a little baby, it's not growing as much back there. Mom wants it to be a little long so it will grow over my bald spots. I don't mind having bald spots though. It's just like my Grandaddy's.

I'm making all sorts of sounds ALL the time including ma, na, ba, da, ga, heh, and sometimes la. I also like to make a gargling sound and still enjoy a good scream every now and again. Da is probably my favorite sound, although I'm not associating it with my Daddy yet. I say Da when I'm really happy, and I only say Ma when I'm really ticked off. Go figure, Mom says. I babble like a crazy person. Mom thinks when I do start talking, I'll go a mile a minute.

I still have only two teeth on the bottom and one coming in on the top. Mom's glad I'm slow on the getting teeth front, because teeth, for me, cause blisters, so the fewer the better at this point. I'm liking tummy time a little better, but I still don't push up on my hands very much.

My favorite songs lately have been O Holy Night, Away in a Manger, the Chris Tomlin version of Amazing Grace, Skidda Marinky Dinky Dink, and the funky version of Jesus Loves Me (think Queen's We Will Rock You).

This past month I've learned how to ride in a shopping cart, and today I sat in a high chair for the very first time. See?




In a cart and a high chair I still have to have some rolled up blankets to help support me, but Mommy says I'm making very good progress.

In just the last week, I've FINALLY started putting weight on my feet and standing up. Mommy and Daddy still have to help me a lot, but I can pretty much support my weight on my feet as long as they hold onto me around my torso. Mommy was so excited the first time I did that she about peed her pants. Silly Mommy. She says I'm well on my way. I don't know what she means by that, but it seems to make her really happy, so maybe I'll keep doing it.

I'm loved by lots and lots of people. Today I got to meet my Pop at a restaurant for a third Christmas celebration (still two more to go). He's so silly and makes lots of funny faces.


He gave me this cool bird feeder, and Mom says it will be really neat in the Spring when all the birds come back. She says that we can hang it on the back deck, so I can see them out the window.



I'm liking all of this present stuff A LOT.


I'm definitely more into the bows and paper than the actual gift, but I'm learning that the toys do really cool things too. My favorites so far seem to be my WonderPets Fly Boat and my Ball Popper that Santa brought me.


It's been crazy around here these last couple days, so Mom hasn't been able to show me what all my toys do yet. She says I'm going to love them all. My Aunt Sarah got me a little sit-up size basketball hoop that cheers when I make a basket, so Dad likes to help me play with that. He can't wait til I can shoot real hoops in the driveway, so this is good practice. Little does he know I'm going to take him to school in basketball. I'm the next Steve Nash. What? You didn't know I am 1/8th Canadian, eh?

Tonight Granny and Grandaddy came, and they are going to be here ALL WEEK. It's too good to be true!


My Aunt Kim, Uncle Andrew, and my cousins are coming on Tuesday night, but they can't stay here. Uncle Andrew is allergic to cats. Mommy says that's probably a good thing that they're not staying here because she'd hate to have to make someone (or several someones) sleep in the closet.

Mom says she just can't believe I'll be turning a year old in just two months. She's so glad I'm getting older, bigger, and stronger. For the most part, things are getting some easier. But I think it makes her a little sad that I'm less and less baby every day. Don't tell anyone, but sometimes when she's rocking me, and it's just me and her, she cries a little bit thinking about the days I won't need her to rock me anymore. She loves me a lot, I think. Daddy does too, and he's just the most fun. Now that I can support my weight a lot better, Daddy does his curls with me (literally, WITH me) and can wrestle me a little bit. Mom does a lot of Ride A Little Horsey (although she does a Spanish version) and flies me around the room. We all like that they can be more physical with me, and because of all my protective bandages, it doesn't hurt me one bit. Thank you, Jesus. Mommy thinks back a lot to those first days after I was born when she didn't even know if she'd be able to touch me. But I get hugs, snuggles, kisses, and wrestling moves just as much as the next guy, and I love every minute of it. We've all come a long way.

Mom and Dad say they are so blessed to have me, and they don't take one single moment for granted. Although some days are (much) harder than others, they love me every second of every minute of every day and thank God that He thought enough of them to make them my parents. What an honor! They wouldn't have it any other way.

Now that the holidays are almost over (did I mention I get two more Christmases?), Mom says she has to start planning my first birthday party the blow out of the century. Shwoo. She's going to have to find some place a lot bigger than our house to have it. She says all that love can't fit into our little house. What a great problem to have!

36 comments:

HandyFamily said...

Happy birthday, Jonah! Enjoy all your Christmases!

Jane said...

Love it, one word, ADORABLE!!!

WendyBee said...

Jonah, those two bottom teeth are the cutest things I've seen in awhile. You make me smile, kid!
WendyBee

jenlar3 said...

O Holy Night is one of my favorite songs too! We have good taste, don't we Jonah!! You sure are looking good these days. I love the pics your Mommy posted. Enjoy the rest of your Christmas celebrations and have a Happy New Year!

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Jonut, I agree with your mommy and daddy that you are growing up waaaaay too quickly! All the milestones are great and everything, but there's such a short time that you are a BABY, and plenty of time left to grow up. Let your mommy keep having those sweet snuggles, won't you? That's such precious time. :) Love you and hope to see you for your first birthday blowout!

Mike and Molly Spivey said...

Yay! Happy Birthday Jonah! My boys got the ball popper too for Christmas and LOVE IT - it sort of stresses me out abit having to keep up with the balls...

Laura A said...

Happy 10 months, sweet Jonah! You look wonderful, and anyone can tell you are a happy little guy! I'm really glad you're enjoying your Christmas - you and your mommy and daddy definitely deserve it!

It is hard to believe you'll be one in just a couple of months. You know, Texas is a really big place - in case you need more room for your party :)

Hope you have a restful night and a gush-free day tomorrow!

Love,
Laura

Sara said...

Wow, baby Jonah, Happy 10 month Birthday to you!! The wonderment and pure joy in your eyes while opening your presents is the most precious thing ever!!

xoxox~

Sara said...

I hear you can rent a room at Confluence Cafe for parties. A friend of mine raved about it.

Lauren said...

happy 10 months, jonah! it's so hard to believe that the last 10 months have gone by so quickly...

enjoy the rest of your christmases! and we'll be heading back up to the mountains at the end of january--we'd love to stop in again and see you guys on the way there or back!

Ellie said...

My 13 month old is the same way, she only says "mama" when she is crying and upset, but she says "dada" when she's happy. What's up with that? Don't they know who does most of the work all day long?!

Michelle said...

Oh, he is the cutest thing! You know, he might just skip the crawling thing altogether since he's standing alot but not pushing up. It wouldn't be completely unheard of.

Raising Arrows said...

Again, beautiful pictures! His face is clearing up nicely. Love those "in total awe" expressions.

Kristen said...

I love the picture with the ball popper. Classic. :)

Penny said...

So precious! I've been along for the ride since Jonah was born and I can't believe how big Jonah has gotten. He is such an adorable little boy. God has done incredible things through Jonah already!

I for one am blessed everyday I get a "little Jonah love" in the form of a blog update.

Bethany said...

You can even put up your bird feeder now...not all birds migrate! Like cardinals, blue jays, and fat little snow birds. And you can really see them in the snow!

Wanda Wilkinson said...

Happy 10 month b'day. Boy did you look like you were having fun opening & playing with all those toys.

You grow more handsome & precious everyday. That picture of you sitting at the table looks like you were thinking "bring on the food, I'm ready"

Enjoy the rest of your Christmas---stretch it out as long as you can--maybe until you birthday comes around..

Love & prayers Wanda

Mandi @ It's come to this said...

Happy 10th months!!! I always love these posts ... you can feel your love & emotion just bursting. Brings tears of joy to my eyes for a family I've never met!!!

Trwaldo1 said...

Just a short note, I've been following since Jonah was born, I have 2 boys 14 & 8, they may not have me rock them anymore, but they are both still major cuddle bugs...just a thought to cheer you up!Happy 10 mo.~

Kirsten said...

Oh Patrice, he is so beautiful!! And he looks so grown up! I almost cried reading this post. What an amazing little boy.

Melissa @ The Littlest Lobo said...

Loving the crazy eyes in the first ball popper picture! Glad to see your lip is almost better!

Kim and Asa said...

Asa loves his ball popper too! So do my 8 and 6 year olds!!!

I have a tip for the shopping cart. We struggled with this so much since Asa has such poor tone. In fact, he still needs help in the cart, even at 2. I use a wide belt or even a scarf and tie him in like the little buckle they already have on the carts. The wider strip gives him more support than that little, dirty belt!

Happy 10 month birthday Jonah!!

KAL071203 said...

we got our 22mo. son the ball popper for christmas, he loves it too, and our 5yr. old even thinks it's pretty neat. so you should get lots of use out of it!

brandie said...

Happy 10 months little Jonah! Adorable pics! I'm glad your teeth aren't giving you too much trouble.
I can harldy believe you're almost a year old. What progress you have all made, it's amazing! oh, and I'm so pleased to hear that your bandages do such a good job of protecting you that you don't have to miss out on all the fun boy stuff!

Jenny Hintze said...

Jonah, you look SO GREAT!! You probably have one of the cutest little faces I've ever seen and I've seen a lot of little faces!

Lisa said...

So good to hear how you grow!!! Your skin looks fantastic!!! Isnt getting new toys fun, I love to see the wonder and surprise in Jonah's eyes in the ball game its just too cute!!!

Me, the boys and a Farm... said...

Happy Birhtday cool little dude! Your looking so bright, big and happy these days! I just can't believe how you are growing...your little face is changing so fast. You tell your mommy that I totally understand why she is sometimes sad but happy all at the same time when she looks at your beautiful face...I feel the same way with my little boys. I see them growing and it makes me happy and proud but then I reflect on such oh so good memories of all those times they wanted me to rock and sing or just snuggle so close...and I miss those times, and my eyes water a little too...but there is ALWAYS something to look forward to when raising you cool little guys! Jonah, I am so glad God looked around and found you the coolest parents around! I think he did a fantastic job matching you guys up. I am glad you had a fantastic Christmas and I think I am just as excited as you and your mommy to see/hear about the upcoming Birthday Bash! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy 10months!
With love from our family to yours!

thorney said...

So precious. He is the cutest little guy and his facial expressions are priceless.

Libby said...

Love all the pictures--hope the rest of your celebrations are grand!

otherwise known as mom said...

Take heart, my third child was only eighteen pounds (barely) by one year old!! He's doing great!!

Justine said...

Oh my gosh, that picture of his face lighting up at the ball popper is priceless! You are toooo cute little guy!

Cheryl Ezell said...

Patrice,
I have been following Jonah's progress for some time now and it is literally the highlight of my day to read your blog!! Guess I lead a pretty boring life but I wanted to make 2 comments ~ first, I used one of your bloggers ideas like you did of "wrapping" a picture on the wall for decoration. I had a huge picture above my mantel I wrapped and made a big bow and it looks so good! Also, about the time will come too quickly when Jonah will not want to be rocked ~ I remember that even when my daughter was like 10 she'd want me to rock her and when she grew taller than me she didn't like it because she didn't fit on my lap but she would still cuddle up with me! She's 21 now and expecting her first baby (I'm so excited) but just before she got married last spring she still wanted me to rub her back before she went to bed and wanted my husband to rub her feet and crack her toes ~ it was WONDERFUL!!
BTW ~ since I'm posting such a long comment...I think you are just about the best mother (along with Courtney, Tripp's mother) there ever was. Jonah is definately blessed to have you and Matt!!
Love and prayers,
Cheryl Ezell
Birmingham, AL

Angel said...

I was lookiong at the blog last night when Jonathan walked in. "Is that baby Jonah? He looks just like a regular, healthy kid!" I thought that might give you a smile. Happy New Year!

Claire said...

Happy birthday, Jonah! You are growing up so fast, and doing so well!

Cxx

Trace Car Driver said...

i don't comment often, but i do read your blog DAILY! let me just say, he could possibly be the cutest JONAH ever!!! :o) i love love love all the pics. you are getting good at editing them too! my baby is 11 months old today, guess i should start planning the big blow out too! hope ya'll had a very merry merry chirstmas and hope the new year is awesome!

southern love and prayers from alabama!

Monica~ James~ Connor said...

Found your blog on TSP today. Love it & your little guy is absolutely adorable! I will definitely be coming back for more. God Bless you & your sweet family. Monica