**We have started using the sippy cup some and you love it. You get really excited when you see me bring it out. I try not to do it really until you are mostly done eating because once you get it, you don't want to give it up. You can drink out of it pretty well. So far we have just given you a little juice, but mostly water. These pictures are of you playing with your cup.
**You are still eating great. You pretty much eat what we eat unless it is something spicy. You love mozzerella cheese sticks, green beans, broccoli, strawberries, grapes, and mashed potatoes. I'd say those are your favorites right now.
This is what happens when I take the sippy cup away.
**You do this thing where you make fists and then squeeze them really tight and make yourself shake. You think this is so funny. It gets you lots of attention. You and Pappaw and you and Lincoln play this game alot.
**Mimi and Pappaw gave us this swing for you and you LOVE it! I can remember last summer when I was pregnant with you, sitting outside watching the kids play and thinking about how the next summer I would be pushing you in a swing. That time is here! I am looking forward to spending alot of time outside with you and your siblings this summer!
More eating pictures. You are so cute when you are eating! This was you eating chicken tetrazzini. You can sign "more" and are starting to make sounds when you want something.
**I think you really like anything that has wheels. You will sit and just push a toy back and forth and mess with the wheels for quite some time. I hope you like to play with cars.
**This month you have pulled up onto your knees a few times in the bathtub. You don't really do it anywhere else yet though.
You love bathtime and are starting to get a little upset when it is time to get out.
**Your sweet little chubby hands. I just love them! I just don't want to forget how adorable they are. I love how it looks like you have a rubber band around your wrist. Lots of people comment on your sweet chubby hands.
**You still love to stand up. You immediately start smiling and get so happy when I stand you up to something. You love to bounce up and down. If you fall down, temper temper. You get MAD! I have really noticed your little temper a lot this month. You flap your arms up and down, throw your head back, or lean forward and put your head to the floor. It is hilarious to me, but I've got to figure out how to deal with it!
**You are really starting to make some sounds. When the t.v. comes on, you start saying "Uh Uh!" and looking at it. You can say "Hi" occasionally and I think you have started saying "Eye" when I (or you) point to something that has eyes in a book. SO CUTE!
**You have played ball with me a few times. You drop it and get excited when I roll it back to you. You drop again and I roll it back. Lincoln has tried to play ball with you too.
**You play peek-a-boo with the visor on your carseat with me. You will pull it down over your face and I'll say "Where's Layton?" You pull it off and smile really big while I say "Peek-a-boo" or "There he is!" It is a fun game! You also have played this with the sheet on our bed.
**You are now in a size 4 diaper and are wearing mostly 12 month clothes. Your shoe size is a 2 or 3.
**Your hair has really grown this month. Your Daddy wants your comb over cut so bad.
**You are not very friendly with strangers. It takes a lot for you to smile sometimes. You will go to someone if I am right there and you really keep your eye on me and even then it doesn't work sometimes.
**I usually don't get to rock you for too long anymore. You want to look around and not miss anything. So, I will read to you for a minute, sing "Jesus Loves Me", and then put you down. Most of the time, you go right to sleep. You are sleeping really well.
**Nursing has been a challenge lately. Many times you only want to eat on one side. I am not used to this and so I have probably tried to force the other side too much. You just cry until I give up. I wonder how much milk you are getting but assume you are satisfied with one side most of the time. Oh well. Nursing and I have a love/hate relationship. Actually I shouldn't say hate. It is more like dislike. I will start weaning you soon (unless you decide to wean yourself) at 12 months. It will be bittersweet. You still nurse every four hours, 4-5 times a day.
**You still just have the 2 bottom teeth but I think you are really working on some top ones lately. You have had a cough, running nose, loose stool, and run some fever over the last couple of weeks. I took you to the doctor early last week because I was afraid you might have an ear infection or something. The doctor said your ears were fine and checked you for strep. It came back negative. We decided to check your platelets because it had been about 3 weeks. They came back 72,000 which was down from 183,000 at your 9 month appointment. We could see a few of the petechia spots on you like before. The doctor called Childrens and they said to come back on Thursday and recheck. On Thursday, they were back up slightly to 81,000. So, now we have to go back in 2 weeks. They would have given you another IVIG infusion if they had gotten below 20,000. We were thankful they didn't. The doctor said he has had a patient struggle with ITP for 2 years. He said that the antibodies are still in your body. I don't know if they just show up when you get a virus or what. I still think that some if not all of your symptoms are due to teething. Doctors won't admit this though!
**You still aren't crawling! You get on all fours but just won't move those hands forward. You get on your hands and your toes and stick your booty in the air and rock back and forth. Now you are getting to where you will reach for things more when sitting down and end up on your tummy more. You have also started walking your hands towards something when in a sitting position. You move around the room by spinning around--not by rolling over!
Layton - 10 months