I can't believe we're getting so close to that one year mark! I'm really looking forward to it (and all that lies ahead in Owen's world), but I'm also a little sad that my sweet baby won't be a "baby" for too much longer.
Here's a few things to know about Owen Ryan at 10 months old:
I caught him crawling on his hands and knees (instead of his usual army crawl) for the first time on Mother's Day. He seems to switch back and forth between the two styles, but definitely gets where he wants to go with ease now.
He'd much rather be standing and cruising, though, so no matter where you put him (today he was near the vacuum and pulled himself up), he will find a way to pull himself up to standing. Time to secure the furniture to the walls!
O is very interested in the piano. Even at a very young age, Daddy was always able to calm Owen down by sitting him on his lap while he played the piano. And now that Owen can get himself to the piano himself and reach up to tap the keys, he still shows signs that he enjoys it. (See the video from last week's post for a sample of his sure-to-be musical genius!)
One of his new favorite games is pulling each and every book off of the bookshelf in his room. Now if only we could teach him to put them all back!
He's also recently become interested in electrical outlets. Good thing we've got those plastic plugs in most of them, but when he spots one, he loves to investigate.
Opening and closing drawers and cabinet doors is, evidently, loads of fun to a 10-month-old. He hasn't figured out yet, however, not to put his fingers over the edge of the drawer or door before slamming it closed. Ouch!
Just this week, O started showing the first signs of shyness around strangers. Nothing too bad, fortunately, but when friendly people at the grocery store or library say hi to him, he's started to scrunch up his arms against his chest and turn his face into me. But then he inevitably peeks back at the stranger and usually flashes that famous, toothy smile.
Livin' for the weekends and hanging out with Daddy!
Even the piano pedals fascinate this kid. I just know he's going to be tickling those ivories soon, just like his Daddy.
Move over, Kinnick, there's a new star in town. (Poor, neglected Kinnick!)
Enjoying some homemade banana bread for the first time. O loves all things banana, and this was no exception.
I happened upon the Sprout channel, which plays Sesame Street and other age-appropriate shows, and was pleased to see one of my very favorite skits from when I was a kid – Bert, doing "The Pigeon." Owen was less impressed with this find than I was, but danced along nonetheless.
Alright all...we finally have Internet set up at our new place (as of last night), so here is the long overdue update.
To sum things up, Owen is SO MUCH FUN right now! He is moving all over the place, babbles and giggles nonstop, and is just very alert and aware of life and things around him. I'm not sure he'll ever figure out how to crawl on his hands and knees, but his version of the army crawl seems to get him where he wants to go. The other day, he did take a few steps on his hands and feet (so cute!), so at least he's showing some initiative. He can also now pull himself up (and does so every chance he gets) and is cruising around furniture like crazy. And gone are the days of falling down and being stuck until Mommy rescues him. He can finally get back up to a sitting position from lying down. So, most mornings, I find him standing in his crib, holding on to the railing, babbling happily about his silly baby dreams (at least that's what I presume he's talking about!)
We are now about one week into our new home (with furnishings, that is. We spent the first week of ownership cleaning, painting, etc.) I think this is going to be a great house for our family - very conducive to our current lifestyle. (Much more so than I now realize our last house would have been.) Still not sure how the home's location (Muscatine, Iowa) will suit us, but time will tell on that one. Owen joined us here permanently last Sunday after spending the weekend with Aunt Jackie, who he (and we) LOVES!!! They must have bonded because his face just lights up when he sees her now! It took a good day or so before he seemed to settle in, but I think he's adjusting just fine to his new surroundings. I know I promised pictures of his new room (the painting project came out really cute!), but until we get it all set-up, I want to wait. I was hoping that would be by now, but our initial burst of settling in energy is starting to wane a bit...
Unfortunately, I don't have many photos since my last post, and most of the videos I've taken recently are longer than 30 seconds (which seems to be the max that I can post on here), but here's a few fun ones...
Owen's first night in his new home.
Enjoying some carrot & raisin salad at Chick-fil-a with Grandma V. What a mess!
Having a cracker snack on the kitchen floor. Good times.
I think we may have a young prodigy on our hands.
So pleased with himself for figuring out how to open and close a cabinet door. Good thing this one is currently empty! Let the baby-proofing commence!