I'm a few days late, but Luke is now 10 months old! I almost cried when I put the first double digit month sticker on him for the pictures.
In honor of being 10 months old - this picture captures his favorite thing to do now - clap! He will clap if you ask him to, if he sees you doing it, if he hears you say "Yay!", or if you start singing, "If you're happy and you know it ..." He also gave me a big round of applause as I was drying my hair the other morning - it's a great confidence booster.
(ETA: Today, Dec 23rd - so almost a week late - I finally weighed him. 22lbs, 14 oz - which means that he has slowed done a bunch! Just 10 oz in about a month and a week. Everyone said it would happen, I just didn't believe them.)
As seen by several of the recent posts - he is into everything now. He still army crawls (I'm not sure that he'll ever REALLY crawl - why mess with something that works?) and can easily pull up on just about anything. He can slowly move down the table as he's holding on, but I wouldn't say officially cruising yet.
He's still not sure what he thinks about table food. He's like his daddy though and LOVES potatoes - mashed potatoes, potato soup ... you name it. He also liked the flavor of the pot roast we had the other day - but wasn't sure of the texture. Most pasta and fruit gets spit right back out at us. We were at a party the other night and he had a cracker that he loved. He looked like such a big boy - carried that cracker around with him and ate small little bites of it.
He still gets 4 bottles a day, but we're also using the sippy cup. He does really well with the one with the straw - he'll take water or his formula in it.
He still loves bathtime - and tries to practice swimming while he's in there. I think we're going to need to re-enroll him in swimming lessons again soon.
He starts in the new room at school tomorrow. He'll still get to visit his old teachers, but Thursday was a rough day for me as we said goodbye to the baby room.
He learns new sounds everyday - currently is favorite is EEEEE! He regularly says mama, dada, baba, ga, mmmm, .... He had fallen asleep in the car on the way home last night and when I woke him up he sleepily looked up at me, grinned, and said with a sigh, "mama!" Such a sweet sweet sound.
He's starting to point at objects in books. We work on animals and their sounds a lot. For a few days we got him to say "mmmmm" when we would ask what sound a cow makes. I think he also knows that kitties go meow. Sometimes if I say kitties, Cali, Pickles, or meow - he'll look for the cats.
Speaking of animals, he LOVES cats and dogs. He has a special giggle sound that he makes just for them. The cats will watch him wearily as he giggles and crawls towards them. Just as he reaches out to "pet" them, they take off to the other side of the room. Luke just sighs, turns around, and follows them.
And now for some other pictures in our 10 month photo shoot: