You're in double digits! You have no idea what that means right now, but trust me, it's significant. We have started planning your one-year birthday party. A year old - it's so close now!
This past month saw a lot of changes. We got an aquarium - your dad said it was for you, but he loves it as much as you do! The two of you will sit there for a long time just watching the fish. I think it's good daddy/son time. Your dad and grandpa actually built the bookshelf that the aquarium sits in, and I helped your dad paint it. It was fun, and is a welcome addition to our great room.
Speaking of the great room, the baby jail didn't work out too well. You didn't really like being in it, and who could blame you? You've got a mind like a sponge, and it's eager to soak up every possible experience! You love to explore the house and taste everything and touch everything. Yes, I said taste. The things you choose to put into your mouth astound me sometimes! :) But it's your way of discovering things right now, so unless it's harmful to you or the object in question, I let it happen. So what we did with the baby jail was to stretch it out to cover the two entrances into the great room, so you can't escape that room. It's mostly baby proofed and is easily the largest space in the house, so it's the best choice. Your toys are by the fireplace (which will never get used because Mommy is afraid of fire in the house) and you like using the (now very padded) hearth to help you stand up.
Speaking of standing up, you are "cruising" the furniture now. I feel like you will be walking any day now, really. And that's when the fun really begins!
You are still babbling a lot, and you sing too. You have such a sweet voice. I look forward to spending time in the car with you because we talk the entire time. You don't like to listen to Clark Howard on the radio anymore, so I turn it off when I pick you up. Then I put on some music and we talk or sing together.
You are playing with the dogs more now too. Kaylee is obsessed with you. She gives you her ball and you throw it (not very far yet, but you will get better!) then she runs to get it and brings it back to you. Simon is still unsure, but he'll get there. He runs past you and growls this little (nonthreatening) growl and you just chase him and laugh. It's absolutely so much fun to watch! You're very entertaining. :)
One thing you have been doing that we are trying to stop is biting. You like to use your mouth and teeth on everything, so biting is pretty normal and natural, but it actually really hurts, so we are working on getting you to stop doing that.
Other than that and the occasional middle of the night wakeup, though, you are an absolute delight. We love you so much (even at 3 a.m. after you bite me because your bottle is empty!) and you bring so much joy to our lives.