Mikaela turned 10 months on Monday. She's now officially spent more time outside in the world than she did in utero. Ok. Maybe tmi. But yes, it's true. Pregnancy is closer to 10 months than it is 9. 40 wks. ppl. Except for my kids like to hang around a little longer until they were evicted with drugs. So try 40wks and then some.
After spending all of October at home with my parents out of daycare, Mikaela has quickly adjusted back to life as a daycare kid. It was a rough first week back (not to mention her first week back at daycare was the week we had no power and were staying with friends, a good 30 mins away from the center). Her teachers all tell me she's quite the social butterfly. She is always smiling, waving "bye bye" and "hi" to everyone. She babbles all day long, and really does have such a sweet little girly voice. She is still incredibly cuddly. So much so that the teachers at the center all sneak into the infant classroom (Mikaela's class) to take turns holding her during their lunch breaks.
She's still super petite, but lets face it, I'm not really expecting that to change. She can crawl on all fours, no more army crawling on her belly. She's super fast too. She can also climb up steps with ease now. She's able to cruise with no problem, and has even managed to stand for a few seconds unassisted.
We had it easy when it came to babyproofing our place with Naomi. While she was curious about drawers, cabinets etc, she was pretty easy to distract. And once she learned something was off limits, she didn't really try to push her limits much. Mikaela on the other hand, is stubborn. She'll cry if you take away her "toys" and is not easily consolable. It definitely has had me thinking "should i give her this potentially life threatening plastic bag back so she'll stop crying!!!" She's strong too, especially considering how little she is. She can open every single drawer in our kitchen, and she's already figured out which cabinets have loosened baby locks so she can pry them open.
She's eating more and more table food and is starting to get picky when it comes to eating baby food. She much prefers homecooked babyfood as opposed to anything out of a jar. She loves tofu and pasta as well as cheerios and teething biscuits. She has the biggest sweet tooth, speaking of which, she has 4 teeth fully grown in.
She is mostly down to 2 long naps, although at daycare she sometimes takes 3 shorter ones.
She laughs a lot, and often times just sits around cracking herself up. And as usual, Naomi is her favorite person who can make her laugh all day long.
She is really such a great kid, it's hard to only get an hour with her on work nights. Somedays I feel like I'm missing all of her milestones. Thankfully, she doesn't seem to mind, as soon as she sees me enter the baby room at school, she starts smiling, drops whatever she's doing and crawls as fast as she can straight into my arms. Definitely one of the best parts of my day!