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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Monday, May 18

Ten months

Mac is 10 months old today (well, yesterday, I started the post but didn't finish until today!). We've accomplished a lot in his ninth month. He rolled from back to tummy for the first time unassisted. He got two more teeth (for a total of four). With all the solid/table food he's getting, he only nurses five times per day. His personality is "popping" like crazy. I'm glad to see 10 and can't wait to see what this month brings us.

Baby Development: Baby milestones you can expect your child to achieve when 10 months old.

Now that your baby is 10 months old, you've probably been noticing a lot of big changes. And you may be amazed at how fast your baby is turning into an independent little person who gets around, plays, and communicates like a pro. I definitely feel like he is transitioning into being a toddler and not an infant any more. He just "seems" older.

You also should be getting a sense of your baby’s personality by now -- quiet or outgoing, calm or adventurous. And you no doubt have noticed that your baby already has a few favorite books, stuffed animals, songs, and games. He has an amazing sense of humor. Is that possible at this age? Making him laugh is one of the Bigs favorite activities.

Motor Skills
Your 10-month-old is enjoying the freedom of exploring in many different ways. Babies at this age can crawl (not yet, no indications at all), pull from a seated position to standing (we are working on transitions but he doesn't do them on his own), squat while holding on or sit back down (Hmmm, I don't think so), and cruise around while holding onto the furniture or your hands (not yet). Walking is now just a couple of months away, so you can expect your baby to soon be on the go even more.

At 10 months, your baby’s coordination has improved a lot. Children at this age are pretty adept at picking up small objects in their pincer grasp (ha, he has mastered that!). Just make sure you still keep anything small enough to pose a choking hazard out of your baby’s little fingers. They're also figuring out how to fit smaller objects into larger ones, which makes stacking cups a lot of fun (maybe we should get more of the baby toys out so he can try!). And 10-month-olds have the skill to hold a toy in one hand while using the other hand for a different task (yes, he can but he still has a hard time letting go of toys).

By 10 months, your baby may be down to a single one-hour nap during the day. but there's nothing to worry about if they are still taking 2 naps (not even close, we still have three naps some days!). If you’re going to skip a nap, it’s better to skip the morning one. An after-lunch nap will help baby stay awake through the afternoon and avoid pre-bedtime crankiness. Your baby should make up for the lost nap by sleeping for an extra hour or two at night, and sleeping through the night. Mac usually goes to bed around 8pm and wakes up between 6 and 7 to eat. Some days he'll go back to sleep for an hour or two after eating. Sleep training was awful for three nights but then, just like everybody said, it got better and now he cries for maybe 5 minutes or less.

You can continue to expand your baby’s palate by offering a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, yogurt, and meats. Now that a few teeth have come in, introduce thicker consistencies and more table foods cut up into small pieces that you serve as finger foods. Mac does amazing with table foods! It is very convenient to be able to give him little pieces of what we are eating.

If you haven’t done so already, try giving your baby a spoon and letting him feed himself. Pick a utensil with a large, easy-to-grasp handle. The first few times your baby feeds himself will be messy, but every mess can be cleaned, and eating independently is an important skill to learn. I don't think we are ready for that, but I do let him have a spoon when I'm feeding him. I've tried introducing him to a sippy cup but he isn't interested.

Babies at this age are mimics, and you may notice your baby copying just about everything you do, from brushing your hair to picking up the phone (We are working on waving, clapping, "so big" and high five. He does pretty good, some of the time!). Your baby will listen to the sound of your words and will watch you carefully to gauge your reactions to situations. If you cry at a sad movie, for example, you may see your baby’s face crumple up, too. Mac is very perspective to emotions and is a great mimic.

Ten-month-olds can understand and follow simple, one-step commands, such as “wave bye-bye” or "clap hands." They also can attach meanings to certain words. When you say “car” or “dog,” your baby may point at the object, and he should respond to the sound of his own name. I think this is still pretty rudimentary right now because I don't notice him pointing but I see it starting to emerge.

Tips for Your Baby’s Tenth Month:
Even though your baby isn’t talking yet, engage him in real conversations. For instance, respond to his babbles with “Really?” or “That’s so interesting!” Or carry on a conversation using a stuffed animal or puppet. You’ll encourage your baby to keep talking and learning new words.
Turn on the tunes. Any type of music will work, whether it’s pop, country, or show tunes. Your baby will love bopping and bouncing along to the rhythm.
Hide toys and help your little one look for them to practice object permanence-the idea that things continue to exist, even when he can’t see them.

We started Physical Therapy through the school district's Birth the Three program (bi-weekly) and through Gillette (weekly). I think with the little push these will give him, that he'll just take off. Or at least I'm hoping. He still has separation issues and a little stranger danger, but in general, I think it is getting better. Everybody comments on how big Mac's eyes are but when he smiles, it lights up the room. Nothing is better than when he giggles.

Here are his monthly pictures (I think he's filled out a bit this month!).



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