This little baby isn’t so little anymore! He’s had a lot of changes this past month, including learning how to stand up all on his own! He does it all the time now and it makes me think walking isn’t too far off. He really gets around quickly by crawling, but I can tell he’s anxious to walk so he can keep up with his sister! He also had his first and second tooth finally break through! We were wondering if he was ever going to get teeth. By this age, I think Emery had at least 8 teeth and he just barely got his first two! It’s ironic because Emery is the one I nursed for almost a year, while Jude stopped nursing at 6 months. And believe me, nursing a baby with a mouth full of teeth isn’t easy, so I wish it had been the other way around (in that respect, anyways).
Jude also got his first hair cut just a week or two ago! When we were in Connecticut visiting family, I was able to spend some time with the Andersons since they live in Hartford now(!!!) and Natalie, being the super mom she is, gave Jude the best hair cut! It makes him look so much older and more like a little boy and less like a baby. I really love it!
He’s also begun signing back to us. He knows the sign for “all done” but still confuses it with the sign for “more” sometimes. He’s definitely made progress since last month though! And he’s beaten Emery in this respect as well; she didn’t sign anything back to us until about a year. Jude also waves on command now, which is adorable! My family especially loves it when he waves to them while we are Face Timing.
Hmm what else? Jude is still just the easiest and most carefree babe. When Emery is around, he is so content and I never have to worry about him. She is a great big sister and always tells me when he’s eating something he shouldn’t be, or getting into something he’s not allowed to play with. I think she likes playing with him so much because he’s still at the stage where he just wants attention from her, and doesn’t really care if she takes his toys away from him. I’m sure that will change eventually and then things will be different! But for now, I’m cherishing the times they play together up in their playroom all by themselves. I love listening to them play from downstairs. Emery narrates the ENTIRE time so I never have to worry about knowing what they are doing. Monster is just like that–always talking! So she’ll continuously narrate their play and talk to Jude, telling him what to do and how to do it. She also cracks me up by saying phrases that I say to her (without me realizing I said them in the first place!). My favorite right now is, “Can we just not…?” Hahaha! After she kept saying it to me, I realized it was because I’ll say it to her sometimes if she’s bugging me about doing something. I’ll finally look at her and say, “Monster. Can we just not do that right now? Can we just not?” And now she says it ALL the time. Or my other personal favorite: “I’m sorry Jude, but that’s a no-no. I’m soooooo sorry Jude, but you can’t do that. SORRRRRRY but NOOOOOOO.” She’s so dramatic as she puts emphasis on the “soooo sorry” part. It’s hilarious!
Okay but now getting back to Jude! He loves his big sister, loves his bath time, HATES getting his diaper changed (because he can’t stand to sit still), is the wiggliest little kid I’ve ever met, and has a smile that melts me. He’s also proven to be a trickier traveler than Emery was…OH! And he has officially grossed me out more than I EVER thought possible. Curious? This is a good one… (*You might want to skip the next paragraph if you are easily grossed out*)
We have been potty training Emery this past week and it’s been going great! We are on day 5 and she’s only had 3 or 4 accidents. And yesterday she even pooped in her potty (which is a really big step for those who haven’t potty trained before)! Fast forward to last night: Grant is at a recruiting event, so I’m watching the kids by myself for the night. Jude and Emery are playing in the kitchen while I’m packing her bag for school. I hear Emery say, “I have to go potty!” and I look up quickly and say, “Go! Go!” I can tell she needs to poop because she’s walking on her tip toes so I hurry and run to the potty with her, encouraging her and saying, “You can do it! You can go poopy in your potty! And you’ll get so much CHOCOLATE!” (Chocolate chips have been key. But that’s a story for a later date.) She gets all the way to potty when she says, “I went poopy on the floor.” I stop and say, “What?! Where?!” and then double back….only to find Jude…left alone…in the kitchen…holding Emery’s GIANT poop log…and…and…EATING IT!
I about died. Never, EVER, did I think I would have to wrangle a giant piece of poop out of Jude’s hand and then fish out a huge chunk from his mouth. Are you dry heaving now? Because I pretty much threw up in my mouth while all of this was happening. Just…why?! Why are babies so gross?! Good thing he’s cute right?
And on that note, I’ll leave you with one more favorite from his 10-month photo shoot, along with a comparison shot of him and Emery, both at 10 months old!