You're 10 months old now! The entire world has changed for you in the last month. You can now sit up on your own (using an adorable backing up manuever), you can pull yourself up to standing (which you do compulsively, no matter how tired you are), and you can communicate in a whole host of new ways - more on that in a minute. Your father and I can't get enough of you. You are adorable - although sometimes that can be difficult to see when you are arching your back and throwing a temper tantrum - and already have a wonderful sense of humor. It's so fun to see your personality take shape as you grow into the child you are becoming.
After 6 months of consistently using ASL, you have finally started to sign back! This opens up a whole world of communication between us, and I couldn't be more excited. A couple of weeks ago, we were driving upstate to see your grandparents, and I was feeding you some puffs to tide you over before lunch. And right before my eyes, you put your little hands together and signaled for MORE! MORE puffs! Since then you have expanded your use of "more" beyond food - to include requests for MORE books, MORE airplanes in the sky, MORE "Da Da" ....everything is MORE MORE MORE. You also use "more" when you want something different, as in "more something else." Using "more" along with finger pointing, grunting and shaking your head "no" really lets me know what you want. I can't always give it to you (enter temper tantrum), but it's fantastic that you can tell me. Your other consistent sign is "FAN" - no surprise since the ceiling fans in the house were your first love. So basically everything in the house is either MORE, FAN or "Da Da." You love your Da Da!
As I mentioned before, I already see your sense of humor emerging. You think it's quite funny to fake cough, belly buttons amuse you, and funny faces continue to make you giggle. And of course, a well timed funny face within a game of peek a boo can be quite hilarious. Unfortunately, the one thing you did not find amusing was when Da Da put you in the giant cardboard box.
I can't wait to see what you do next, Nate. Let's hope it includes taking long naps. Where DID those naps of yours go? Too much going on your world to nap, I suppose.