You just might have grown faster this month than all the other months combined! You can move pretty quickly, as long as there is a piece of furniture for you to lean on. You move easily around the coffee table and ottoman and go back and forth from the couch to coffee table babbling as you go. You can say "dadada" and "yayaya" and in the last few days you've add "vavava". Momma is STILL wondering when you're going to add "mamama" to the mix! You give big, sloppy wet kisses and love on people by laying your sweet little head against their shoulder. You love to share your food with the puppies and have mastered the pincer grasp so you can easily pick up food and feed yourself.
This month you spent your first night away from mommy and daddy at your Gooden Grandparents'. When we went to pick you up the next morning you gave us hugs and then wanted to go right back to your Gran! While it broke momma and daddy's hearts a bit, we were glad that you weren't scarred for life because we'd left you for the night... that made us look forward to doing it again! In just about ten days, you'll spend TWO NIGHTS away from us while we head to Florida to help the Prather Family move back to Kentucky. Papa J and Granna Pruitt are coming to your house to take care of you and the puppies. You're going to have so much fun!
After spending your first night away from us, you then spent your first Sunday church service in the nursery. Like, the WHOLE service!! We anxiously watched the big screens in the auditorium waiting for your number to show up, which means you need to be picked up. Towards the end of service Daddy leaned over and said, "He grew up this weekend." Boy, was he right. How did it happen so quickly? We've been watching you this whole time but it seems like you change in the blink of an eye.
You sleep so soundly at night, usually 11 hours or more. In the last two weeks you're even putting yourself to sleep in your bed with your favorite blankie. Momma nurses you until you're very sleepy and then you snuggle in and do the rest yourself. It's exciting to see, but also a little sad for momma because I can see you beginning to wean yourself. You still nurse a lot throughout the day but you LOVE to eat solid food too. We have yet to find anything you really don't like. Bread, crackers and tortillas seem to be some of your favorites. You also love yogurt and scrambled eggs and lots of different fruits and vegetables, especially watermelon, strawberries, bananas, sweet potatoes and squash.
Your momma is afraid of a lot of things, but for some reason I never worried about you smothering on your crib bumper. Probably because you didn't move until around 7 months and didn't roll over until you were nearly 9 months. I took it out last week because I was afraid you were going to start using it as leverage to pull yourself up in your crib. You are so very smart and will work at something until you figure out how it fits into something else or how you can take it apart. The night I took out the bumper you got your chubby thigh stuck through the rail and I awoke to your panicked cry on the monitor at 2am... so we put the bumper back in and are hoping you learn how to pull your limbs back through the rails before we have to take it out again.
You also received your first battle wound this month. The picture doesn't do it justice, but you fell out your wagon and scraped your nose and forehead on the concrete. For the record, the wagon wasn't moving, I had JUST put you in it and you leaned over to look at the tires on it. Thankfully I was standing right there and was able to grab your rolly little leg to keep the damage to your face at a minimum. Lesson learned: Dane can't ride in his wagon until he learns to SIT and keep all hands, arms and legs INSIDE the vehicle at all times.
There is this wall decal I've seen on pinterest that reads: "boy; noise with dirt on it". That. Is. So. True. You can find a way to get dirty in the bathtub. Outside you want to dig in the sand, or dump water everywhere and splash in it. You get food ev.er.y.where when eating and we both end up wearing food most of the time. Some days I feel like a napkin! The louder you can be, the happier you are. Pounding things with your toy hammer, babbling at the top of your lungs, or singing/cooing until you fall asleep, I would not use the word quiet to describe you. :) Then again, you sit at home all day with the most talkative woman on the planet, so I guess I can't blame you for having something to say!
You are loved to the moon and back...and back again! You complete our little family and your daddy and I are overwhelmed at how much we are able to love you. You bring joy to everyone who meets you. You're quite the entertainer, too, making faces and laughing at strangers in the grocery store and restaurants. When you were just a month old I read Jeremiah 1:5 for the first time. It says, "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world." I have prayed that this verse will be the verse that guides your life. Your Aunt Meagan made a beautiful frame for my birthday with this verse inscribed on it. So, I'm not the only one who sees how special you are and believes that God will use--is using-- you to bring Him glory and make waves in His kingdom.
I love you with all of my heart, precious boy. Now, seriously-- STOP growing! :)
Mommy and Daddy