Monday, January 25, 2010

10 Month Tantrums

Peanut turned 10 months yesterday and he marked his 10 month birthday with the start of tantrums. We were not prepared for that. I think it was well past his first year before we saw the start of a tantrum from Little Man and Little Man has never been the throw himself down on the ground kicking and screaming tantrum kind of kid. And yet we had 4 in just one day from Peanut. It is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Peanut in this house. He is mild mannered for most of the day. Playing pleasantly and smiles and giggles a plenty but deny him that one toy that he wants or take away the book he is trying to eat and holy crazy tantrum! He cries this fake "arrarrraarrh" pirate type cry and kicks those chubby legs over and over and over. His eyes get all squinched up and he throws his head back. And it stops as quickly as it starts if he gets what he wanted (usually only if Little Man is the culprit behind his tantrum and I fix that) or if he gets distracted (which thankfully is still quite easily done). I think we may be in for some trouble with our Dr. Jekyll Mr. Peanut!

Other 10 month updates - Peanut is still as chubby as ever even though he is getting better at movin' and groovin'. He pulls up on virtually everything, even Little Man and has become a pro at getting himself back down. He just started to be able to climb up steps but he looks like he is trying to summit Mr. Everest when he does it. He is getting better at the rolling too. It seems like he doesn't always remember he can do it, but when he really tries he can get himself all the way over and loves it!

His napping has improved tremendously and takes up to an hour an a half in the mornings and another hour to two hours in the afternoon. He is still sleeping through the night but for 3 or 4 days he was waking up at 4 am or so. I think that he was just practicing standing up in his crib and now that he has figured that out he doesn't need to practice in the early morning hours anymore. Thank goodness!

I don't even know where to start with his eating because he eats EVERYTHING we put in front of him. His current favorites are avocados, peas, squash, chicken, carrots, bananas and yogurt. He isn't totally thrilled with applesauce and sweet potatoes but to be honest if push came to shove he would eat it!

I think the thing that is most striking for me and Papa Bear is how quickly these 10 months have gone. It feels like only yesterday that I held him in my arms at the hospital, my 9 pound 3 ounce premature Peanut. He is growing up so quickly and we are trying to be in the moment with him and Little Man as much as possible so that we don't miss anything.

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