Tuesday, April 30, 2013

10 Months

You don't choose your family.  They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.  ~Desmond Tutu 

Ephraim is getting too big.  We had an appointment today his stats are: height- 30.75 inches (95th percentile), weight- 21 lbs 10 oz (50th percentile), head circumference- 19.25 inches (99th percentile)

Ephraim is quite the busy boy!  He is babbling all the time now.  His babbling sounds much more like talking now, and he loves to mimic the sounds that he knows.  He especially loves to squeal with mom and dad.  He also can clap his hands now, and does it anytime anyone says, "yay."  I think he knows how to say "up."

His favorite activity is reading books.  He likes to be read to, but loves even more to "read" them himself.  He opens the pages and babbles away.  His other favorite of late is dropping things.  He likes to throw things off his high chair, out of his crib, from his carseat, and from his stroller.

Ephraim is very good at crawling and pulling up to anything and everything.  He's discovering that crawling upright takes a lot less effort than army crawling, and uses it as his preferred mode of transportation (unless there's something to hold onto and walk with). He can stand unsupported for much longer now but he hasn't taken any steps yet.  He's very curious about everything, and loves new toys to play with.  He can crawl around with a toy in his hand now, and I find things all over the house.

Ephraim loves going places.  He loves to watch people, and especially older kids.  He tries to follow them around and watches their every move with great interest.  He can crawl up stairs without any trouble, and even walked up some stairs while holding on to the railing at the park the other day.

Ephraim does not like napping.  There is way too much to see and do! He is doing a lot better at sleeping at night, and only wakes up two times most nights now.

Ephraim's top teeth are breaking through today.  He's been a little cranky lately, but that explains it.  Ephraim really handles teething very well.  He has serious food envy, and always want to eat whatever you are eating.  He loves hamburger, fish, chicken, and turkey.  Goldfish are his favorite snack.  He can eat whole bananas now.  Ephraim looooves to eat.  It's probably his favorite activity.

Ephraim is a fun fun fun little boy, and he certainly keeps me on my toes.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

9 Months

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.  ~Chinese Proverb

Ephraim has grown so much in personality this month!  He is a busy busy little body, and a very happy little boy.

He has figured up how to stand himself on any vertical surface and spends his days crawling from object to object and standing himself up.  He likes to let go and see how long he can stand.  The longest I've seen him stand unsupported is 5 or so seconds, but he's going to figure it out soon.  He can crawl on his hands and knees now, but still prefers the army crawl for speed.

He's getting really good at entertaining himself, and will play by himself in his room for up to half an hour.  He especially loves to look at his collection of books, and to play with anything he can shake or pound on.

He is a curious little man, and is into every crack and crevice.  He is especially interested in power cords, so the baby proofing is in full force.

The weather is getting nicer, and Ephraim loves to be outside.  He enjoys the swings, going down the slide and crawling through tunnels in the park.

He loves to do anything that will get mom or dad's attention, and he's figured out that the easiest way to do that is to head to somewhere he isn't supposed to be.  He head for the door or the kitchen and the bathroom, and as soon as he realizes you are after him he will giggle and try and crawl away faster.

He's figured out how to pull open a door if it's been left open a crack, and can switch off the lights if you hold him.  He loves banging things together and is trying to figure out how to clap his hands.  He tries to mimic mom and dad.  He babbles constantly and currently says baba, mama, ahaha, didi, and dada.  He also thinks it hilarious to pretend to cough.

Ephraim has 4 teeth now.  The two bottom teeth and the top lateral incisors. It seems like his top two teeth may not be far behind.  Besides being a little more drool-y and slightly crankier at bedtime it's hard to tell that he's even teething.  He's such a good boy!

His favorite things to eat right now are cottage cheese and gold fish crackers.  He mostly loves eating in general and is getting really good at feeding himself and chewing.

He's decided that he only needs one nap a day, but is going to bed earlier.  He still wakes up 3 or 4 times in the night, but he goes back to sleep really easily, so I don't mind (too much).

Ephraim is a lot more aware of who different people are now, and likes Stephen more and more.  I love watching my two boys together. Grandma and Grandpa Ison came to visit and even though Ephraim wasn't sure about Grandpa at first, he warmed up at the end.  He doesn't have much stranger danger, even though he definitely prefers his mama, especially at sleepy time.

Ephraim had his first Easter the day after his nine month birthday (which is why this entry is a little late, we were busy busy!), and he looked so cute in his Easter outfit!  We love having such a cute little man!