Ellis is 10 Months Old Today

I cannot believe how fast the time has gone since I became a mother last August.  Ellis is 10 months old today.  That time has flashed by and he has grown so much.  I sure do love that little fella.

Here is his letter:

Dear Ellis:
You are ten months old today.  The time has gone so very fast.  It is crazy to think of life before you.  You are now my regular.

You have grown so fast.   You are wearing 18 month clothes and weight about 25 pounds.  You have three teeth that are growing slowly.  Teething hasn't been our favorite.  You are a little grumpy and have been a little bit more stubborn the past few weeks.  The amazing thing about you, though, is the fact that even though you are in a lot of pain and don't feel well, you always are trying to make other people feel better and always want to make people laugh.

You love your Papa.  When you see him, you do, as he calls it, your "tricks."  You show off by dancing and making noises that involve lots of spit.  You like to blink both your eyes.  You both are very cute when you are playing.

You still love all people.  You are constantly trying to get people's attention so they will make faces and interact with you.  If you see kids, you especially will be noisy(mainly grunting) to try to get their attention.

You laugh more than you cry.  You are learning to crawl and mainly do an army crawl these days.  You have started to chase Reno around and laugh when he barks at you.  You have even started to growl at him the last few days.

You love to get near the wall so that you can kick it.  You beat on the walls or doors, which probably is getting old to our upstairs neighbors.  You also like to open and close the door.  Sometimes you even lock me out of the room because you are just behind the door.  Silly kid.  You also are starting to follow me everywhere and sometimes are clingy and only want your mommy.

Since teething you haven't been eating real food as much and prefer the bottle.  One day you just decided that you were done nursing.  You love dessert, especially ice cream and grunt when we aren't giving it to you fast enough.  You love to drink water out of cups and are offended if we don't share with you.  You also feel the same way, if you are not eating when we are.

You love to be outside.  Whenever you are a bit grumpy, I will take you outside and you instantly are calm.  You still love sports and will clap during the top ten plays on Sportscenter.  You love to play catch with balls and have your very own soccerball.

You love baths and especially splashing.  You try to throw all the toys out of the water and then get made because you are bored.  You also are still soothed by the song "Desperation," by Miranda Lambert.  It instantly gets you quite and calm.  You are very picky about music and like to tell me when you hate a song on the radio in the car.

You will now put your arms out to be held and also love to be thrown in the air.  You will actually try to climb me so I will throw you more. 

You also love to play peeka-boo and especially love to play it with the blanket Great-Grandma Rita made for you. You are becoming attached to that blanket and love to chew on it. It must make your gums feel better while you are teething. You will also roll around in said blanket all over your crib or the floor. 

You still are wearing a helmet to shape your head but could be done with it in a few weeks. It has become so much a part of you that we all will have to adjust to you looking normal without it. You have been a trooper about it and hardly ever complain about it.

I love you more and more each day as I get to know you more and more.  Thanks for teaching me so much about love and patience in these ten months we have been together.  I am so lucky to get to raise you and feel like I've known you forever.

Love you tons,