My sweet Clyde is 10 months old!
I just had a weird moment where I forgot how we got here. Didn't he just turn six months? There is no way he is 10 months, right? Maybe I should recount.
Mr. Clyde is just so much fun! He has the cutest little personality, and I can't believe how much his looks have changed over the last couple months. He has four teeth now, and I suspect he is working on more! He has the cutest little gap between his upper two front teeth, just like Gwen's, and it is adorable. His hair is growing longer, and even though I should probably cut it, I can't bear to yet because I love the little curls above his ears.
His favorite "word" is "a-dat". He says it for everything that he doesn't know the name for. I still cannot get him to say "mama"! Which is ironic, since I know he loves me. I am convinced that sometimes he wakes up in the night just because he misses me.
He has become an expert scooter, and he wiggles his way all over the house. He gets around really well, and even though I'm not sure what day it actually happened, he has figured out how to pull up onto his knees. He is perfectly content crawling around, as long as he sees other people around him - he hates being alone. If he can't see me or the kids, he gets upset. He was happy as a clam crawling around on the floor at Wyatt's birthday gathering a couple weeks ago, just because there were people everywhere.
He still scrunches his nose when he is especially happy, and he loves his bottle. If he sees it and he can't reach it, he will cry until you give it to him. Sometimes he doesn't even drink out of it, he just chews on it.
He is shaping up to be a blanky kid too, just like his brother and sister. He loves his soft blanket, and he has started to want it before he goes to sleep. He was upset before bed the other night, until I gave him his blanket - then he grabbed it, snuggled it up to his face, closed his eyes, and grinned.
He has the cutest little face when he is scared or nervous - it is like a cross between a smile and a grimace, with his little neck muscles tensed, and you can see that he can't decide whether to laugh or cry. Usually we coax him to laugh, because that little face is so cute that Derek and I can't help but laugh! That sounds so mean, but you just have to see his face - it is so cute.
Lately if he sees Derek or me, or gets excited, he does this heavy, excited breathing, like a pant. It is so cute and hilarious! It makes us chuckle every time.
The other day he gave me a real, honest-to-goodness, on-purpose kiss! I was sitting with him on the couch and I gave him a kiss - then he smiled, pressed his mouth against my cheek, and said "MMMAA"! He has given me baby "kisses" before, but this was the first one that he made the noise, and I had no doubt that it was an intentional kiss. He has done it a couple times since then, and I love it so much!
If I had to describe the last month with you, I would just say it has been so fun! You have always been a happy baby, but now that you can move around more on your own, you are more content. You love exploring, and I love watching you develop your curiosity. Your two front teeth have really come in, and I just love that little gap-tooth baby grin! Your little belly laugh is one of my favorite sounds. I feel so blessed to be your mama, sweet boy, and it is so fun watching you grow and even learn to communicate things more. I can't wait for the day when I hear you say "mama"!
I love you more than all the pine needles on all the evergreen trees in the world.
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