Baby YT is getting very mobile these days.  When I woke up this morning, I found him sleeping in the living room, thoroughly enjoying the cool floor.  Luckily I mopped the evening before.

He is no longer satisfied sitting in the high chair while everyone busied themselves.

He is no longer content in the playpen playing his toys alone.  His brother and sister take turns gladly to squeeze inside to accompany him.

He no longer wants to lie down when I change his diapers.  He just springs back up repeatedly when I push him gently to a lying position.  He can sit up at his own will now.

At 10 months, he loves to:

– “fly” all around in his walker to wherever he wants to go, or follow me wherever I go, stopping only at the bathroom door

– go out of the house and cry when he sees me leaving the house or sees his favourite grandpa going home.

– watch “Charlie and the numbers” and “Tricky Tracks” on Baby TV.

– put one finger into his mouth, taking care the finger goes right to the side where his molars are still dormant.

– explore the base of anything, even finding great interest in the wheels of his new walker cum wagon, often toppling it over.

– eat his favourite Gerber graduate puffs

At 10 months, he still wakes up for night feed or simply cries out loudly for some reasons that we fail to understand.  We just have to be patient, and gradually getting used to.  Now I no longer dare to let him fall asleep on his own while I close the door and leave the room.  As he is so mobile, I am constantly afraid that he may crawl out of his floor mattress and explore behind the door.  The older kids may open the door suddenly and forcefully, not knowing he is there and he may be hurt badly.  Thus, I have to check on him very often if I were to leave the room or I simply accompany him till I see him close his eyes.

YT is feeding on 4 times formula milk and 2 main meals a day.  I am officially off breastfeeding and have no reasons to eat as much as I like now.  Breastfeeding used to be a great excuse for me to indulge in many high calories food, but not now.  I will put on weight quickly if I am not careful.

Many people say that a breastfed child will not fall sick in the first year of age.  But it doesn’t seem to work for all my 3 children.  YT fell sick 2 times within this year, the first was a cold at 7 mths, and the second was a virus that causes high fever for 4 days at 10 mths.  Poor boy, all of us gave him extra tender loving care and he is back to his old happy self now.

The little boy is experiencing stranger anxiety at full force.  He is not comfortable with a roomful of well-meant uncles and aunties cooing over him.  He takes time to warm up and will bury his head into my chest if he is overwhelmed.  And I am enjoying the kind of trust he places on me, and loving the fact that I am needed and able to protect him.

YT is outgrowing many of his clothes now.  He is now 9.82kg when he was having high fever.  I choose to believe he is already 10kg at his healthy state.  There is a myth that says babies should not wear shoes before his first birthday.  Well, because of this, many baby gift shoes have been outgrown before he even has a chance to wear.  I will be shopping around for his first pair of shoes very soon.

In 2 mths time, he is going to reach his 1 year old milestone.  I am very excited by it and yet want to plan a cosy party for him (just like his brother’s 6 year old party).  A party that he will not get overwhelmed.  After all, he is the star of the party, he “calls” the shot.

I love you babe!