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November 3, 2009

Y’know, maybe time is moving faster.  Or maybe it’s a sign that we’re leaving the tiny baby phase that is counted in months, and getting awfully close to the toddler stage that is counted in years.  But as I look back on my 10 month post (am I allowed as a mother to admit this?) I don’t see too many differences over this past month.

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Not that there aren’t new discoveries.  Daily, in fact.  The big ones?  Turtle took his first steps a week ago.  He was holding onto my jeans as I shuffled around the kitchen, and at some point he just let go, stood there a minute, and took a few steps on his own.  He did this a few days in a row, and then stopped–no more interest.  I’m sure he’ll figure it out again soon enough, probably sooner than we can figure out how to keep up with him.  The other big discovery:  you can put things in other things.  The first was a ball in a cup.  Then a cup in a cup.  Then (oh, and this was hilarious, he was laughing like crazy) a cup in a cup in another cup!  He’s got a toy that’s like an oversized marble run and he’s mastered putting the balls into the track.  He’s even tried putting a block, a toy lion, and a cheerio in the track.  It’s so much fun to watch the excitement on Turtle’s face as he figures all this out.  And such an honor when he takes a moment from his experiments to glance up at me and smile–his way of calling out “look at me!”

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There have been events this month, too.  My parents visited, and he got spoiled while we got some painting done.  I took my first baby-vacation, two nights at a church conference nearly an hour away, and we all survived.  In fact, we seemed happy enough with it–me with the professional time and Turtle with his daycare–that we’re going to give one morning a week at daycare a try for a few weeks.  The in-home daycare is the haunt of a handful of babies and toddlers for Turtle to play with, a calm & caring friend who is amazing with babies, and a dog, which Turtle absolutely loves.  Turtle also got hit hard with some combination of cold & ear infection last week–poor kid.  He celebrated his first Halloween, as a Turtle, of course.  We drove to a few friends’ houses to trick or treat & snap pictures.  Christer and I ended up with most of the treats, but Turtle did get his first sucker.  Not surprizingly, the idea that he could drool all over something and it would reward him with a rootbeer flavor was a bit hit.  Christer helped Turtle put his joy into words, “I’ve been licking things all my life looking for this.”

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We’ve been transitioning to more inside time as the weather cools.  Turtle’s been finding amusements around the house–from clanging muffin tins when I’m cooking to pulling books off the shelf in the living room to hiding behind the bedroom curtain as I’m folding laundry.  And with his new coat and mittens Turtle has ventured out into the chilly fall–he’s especially enjoyed trips to a local nature trail with Christer.  Turtle has always enjoyed looking at the tree out his bedroom window–we’ll catch him staring quietly out it as he awakes from napping.  And lately he’s watched the leaves change color and then fall to the ground, and I’ve wondered what he’s thinking as that steady landmark changes.

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We’re nearing one year, starting to make plans for a birthday, starting to think of our baby as a little boy.  The changes aren’t coming as quickly as they were a few months ago, but our Turtle’s reached a slightly steadier pace of exploration that is its own sort of joy to watch unfold.  It’s easier to see the similarities–he’s the same independent, determined, curious, chatty, cuddly baby he was last month.  He’s just finding more and more ways to insert all that personality out into the world.

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