10 Months

Almost a year with my favorite little thing. How did I live without her for so long?

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Here are 10 things about 10 months:

1) Teeth! Two more just popped out last weekend, bringing her grand total to 6. Part of me misses her little newborn gummy smile, but I love her little teeth even more. I clean them with a washcloth about twice a day, and will probably be making the switch to a toothbrush very soon. Both Tom and I have been bit, so cleaning her teeth a la washcloth has become a bit of a gamble.

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2) Whenever I write that she’s “just about to” do something, it usually happens within the next 24 hours. For example, she figured out her pusher thing after the last time I wrote, and since then has taken 3 STEPS without any assistance or the pusher. 3 is her current record, but since I just typed that, she’ll probably do 4 tomorrow 😉

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3) Liv’s first real words will go down in history as “eye” and “up.” They’re the first words that she’s consistently said and pointed towards. In any book, you can ask her where the eye is and she’ll point to the person or animal’s eye, and she points up at lights and says “up.”

4) She is AMAZING at replicating sounds and animal noises- it’s so much fun. You can ask her what sound an owl, horse, tiger and dog make, and sometimes I’ll sing little notes to her and she’ll copy the general pitches of what I’m doing. It’s a lot of fun to communicate like this, and every day it seems like she’s learning how to tell us more about what she’s thinking, which blows me away. Right now, we’re working on “gobble, gobble.”

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5) I don’t like to say anything about sleep because I don’t want to jinx anything, but I’m very thankful. I get a lot of emails asking when I have time to do extra things, like create recipes or blog posts and it all happens during nap time. When she’s awake, we play, eat together, go on adventures and/or meet up with friends.

6) Comfy things! She’s finally found that certain things feel good, like laying on a pillow. So in the middle of playing, she’ll plop a couch pillow down -we use them to block the hard edges of the TV stand- and put her head down.

7) Dolly is finally allowed in the crib and we’ll probably introduce a blanket since it’s starting to get colder. Tom is pretty intense on sticking with Babycenter guidelines, but may let me give her one a month early since it’s been colder. For now, I’ve just been using warmer pajamas (the fleece-type material) and putting the heater on during cold nights. If anyone has tips for introducing a blanket, I’d love to hear them. From what I’ve read, it’s important to keep it tucked in at the bottom and around the sides.

8) Fresh juices are a fave. Whenever I pour myself a fruit and veggie juice, I give her a tiny bit in her small glass. She GULPS it down! Carrot, apple, beet and kale is the standard.

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9) I’m really excited to start our own holiday traditions as a family, especially since Tom is home this year. I’d like to make her a felt tree to decorate (like this one) and do Elf on a Shelf. If you have any fun holiday traditions to share, I’d love to hear them!

10) Current likes:


-salsa party


-the TV remote (I just take the batteries out and let her play with it) and talking on her play phone



-wearing shoes

-shaking her head “no” to every question we ask her (apparently “yes” takes longer to learn… especially when you’re taught backwards. When I was little, my silly uncle taught me to shake my head for “yes” and nod for “no.”)

-giving kisses and waving, mostly to Bella



-being told “no, thank you” (when I tell her to stop doing something)

-diaper changes (the only way to make it happen is to give her something to hold and distract her)

-wearing sunglasses



Past updates:

9 months

8 months

7 months 

6 months

5 Months

4 Months

3 Months

2 Months

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  1. Kristine @ Busy But Healthy on November 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    A sleepsack…they are awesome!

    • Fitnessista on November 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      i thought they were awesome too (can i get one in my size?) but she hates them :/

      • Jen in MN on November 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        Aww, too bad! We totally swear by sleep sacks in this house! My older daughter wore one all the way until almost age 3 (-: (They make toddler ones with foot holes for walking).
        Another bonus to sleep sacks is it makes it less possible for babies/toddlers to climb out of their cribs since they can only lift their legs so far apart.

  2. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on November 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Aaww, she’s growing up so fast!

  3. Sarah on November 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Eli actually won’t sleep or nap without his two blankets. They are blue fleece and he’s very attached to them, and will talk to them and cuddle them before he falls asleep. I felt comfortable putting the blankets in there when he could easily move around, roll over, sit up, etc. It hasn’t been a problem for us, but I completely understand erring on the side of caution. He does not sleep with blankets ON him, though. He sleeps on the blankies. And we also do the heater and use fleece PJs. It’s super cold here now!

    • Amy on November 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      My son is the same… he’s had blankets and a regular bumper for a very long time and it’s never been a problem. They can figure it out!

  4. Anne on November 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Too darn cute!!!! That is so funny about replicating sounds, how much fun!

  5. Sara Lake on November 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    So cute. It’s funny when they get their teeth and suddenly that are like a little girl, not a baby anymore. When J was about 1 (standing but not walking yet, so maybe 10-11 months), she was watching me start my laptop, and you know that musical sound it makes when windows starts? She replicated that exactly. It was pretty amazing.

  6. Katie Heddleston on November 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Xander has a sleep sack but he also has a blanket over him. He turns 8 months tomorrow. He can roll around get on his knees and has started to kneel in the crib – so the blanket is safe!

  7. Sabrina on November 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I love how different every child is. Raffi won’t touch a juice. I made fresh squeezed OJ with our new citrus juicer and he kept trying it but then spitting it out. I hope he learns soon!

    Liv is such a cutie. She is so smart too!!

  8. Marci on November 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    she will like a blanket! i cover him after he falls asleep. it’s fine all night, usually kicks it off eventually, but it makes me happy that it’s on him for part of the night. wow for 10 months!

  9. Christina R on November 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    she is sooo adorable, i cant get over all the pictures!!!!

  10. melissa on November 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    What an adorable child!

  11. Emily on November 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    I can’t get over how much she looks like you in the second pic!! And that pic with Liv and The Pilot is too cute!!

  12. Jenn (eating bender) on November 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    She is so sweet! Love these monthly updates – I really can’t wait to meet her someday (soon, I hope)! 🙂

  13. Fionnuala on November 15, 2012 at 12:04 am

    1. Beautiful daughter, clearing thriving, you are doing everything perfectly and don’t need our advice.
    2. About the blanket, I do not believe it needs to be tucked, but kept small and light weight is the key. Try this experiment: when she is awake and alert put a blanket over her head, and see if she can pull it off easily. I use to buy fleece at the fabric store, and cut squares out for our O.
    3. Our family holiday traditions include Elf on the Shelf, I think husband and I have more fun devising where he will show up than O does finding him. Really, great and creative concept. We open our stockings before breakfast. O gets “chocolate tea” aka hot chocolate on Christmas morning. We read the Olivia Night Before Christmas all month long. We make ornaments every year for all of our friends and family. I keep the ornament making very O level. So, at year four they started to get “neat” we spilled paint into clear ornaments and shook them around. Lastly, almond meal (Gluten Free) cinnamon pull apart bread is our Christmas tradition. Enjoy making your traditions, the littles bring magic to the season.

  14. Ilana on November 15, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I nanny for a sweet girl about 2 months older than liv… Even though we use a blanket for we naps now we also put her in a little fleece sleep bag, and that seems to do it on days where only one lSuer is needed. I kinda want one for myself…

    • Ilana on November 15, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Oh and she loves green juice. Only in NYC is your nanny sharing sips of green juice with babies.

  15. Stella on November 15, 2012 at 3:26 am

    She is so cute and happy!

    My favourite holidays tradition: Advent calendars! My mom made one for me every year and it was the best thing to come down into the kitchen on a dark, cold winter morning and open a new package.
    I like the ones without much sweets, more with little gifts or activities. This year I made one for an older relative, she gets a little fake christmas tree and everyday she will find new ornaments in her calender to decorate it.

  16. judy on November 15, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I know you said that Liv doesn’t like sleepsacks, but have you seen the Halo sleepsack wearable walker blanket? They’re sleepsacks with holes for feet. My 2 yr old twin girls love them! I know amazon sells them.

  17. Louise on November 15, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Liv is so adorable – and clever. I’m not comparing, but my 7 month old needs to up his game to catch up to her 😉
    We followed this http://www.sidsandkids.org/safe-sleeping/ so we have a top sheet on and the top folds over the blanket and it’s all tucked in super tight (like the pic because my description is not great).
    I was freaked out by all the conflicting advice on blankets but we followed this and friends’ anecdotal advice and have never had any issues. If anything it’s tucked in so well it keeps him in place. He’s also in a sleep sack with his arms out but if that’s not Liv’s thing then the blanket/s should keep her cosy. Our bub is a very stationary back sleeping though, but I don’t think any wriggly, front sleeping babies I know have ever gone under their blankets. I’m guessing they’d have to be fairly awake to do a 360 and tunnel under 🙂
    With everything Liv-related, you and Tom are the best judges. Well done on a gorgeous, clever girl.

  18. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on November 15, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I can’t believe how big Livi has gotten! she is such an adorable little girl and seems to really love life! How can she not with two wonderful parents 🙂

  19. Chelsa on November 15, 2012 at 9:35 am

    She is so precious. I have loved reading all of your family posts since the beginning. You have really done an beautiful job documenting the experience of motherhood. I wish you would turn it into a book in Journal format for the future when I will want to look back.

  20. Abby on November 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Liv is so precious! I made a felt Christmas tree for my daughter least year but she was only 6 months at the time so she mostly just chewed on the felt ornaments, I’m hoping she’ll enjoy it more this year!
    I’m also going to try to do some pinterest crafts like finger paint footprint snowmen and Christmas trees. I wouldn’t worry too much about giving her a blanket, she seems quite capable of moving her face away from it, even in her sleep. I was Souter paranoid at first about giving my daughter one but the only issue we’ve ever had with it is that she kicks it off or sleeps on to of it!
    Don’t little ones make the holidays so much more special?!?

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      good to know!
      and YES- everything is so much more fun and exciting

  21. Kelsey on November 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    We used a blanket at around 10 months. We had a video blanket and it was easy to check on her through the night. Can you fix the link so we can see the felt tree your making??!?! thanks!

  22. Erika on November 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Personally I wouldn’t tuck the blanket in – that seems more constrictive than a loose blanket to me. I think as long as they can roll around a light blanket is safe, but do what you think is right.

    I don’t see that the link for the tree is there.

  23. cathy on November 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Elf on the shelf is a wonderful tradition! Our kids love it. 🙂

  24. Libby on November 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    forgive me for not reading all the posts before this one…we use a sleep sack. she’s getting a little big for it but they make them in bigger sizes. not sure if use one….think sleeping back with arms. snuggy with a zipper…
    works like a charm and keeps her toasty!

  25. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on November 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Omg she is so cute. Her little personality is developing every day! I’m so excited for you guys to get to spend the holidays together, I know that must be so nice after dealing with deployments.

  26. mama on November 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

    What about the sleepsacs with the cut outs for feet in the bottom. Maybe she would feel less constricted in those ones? One Step Ahead sells them and BRU. Not sure the sizing tho!

    • Fitnessista on November 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

      i tried one- she played with it and fussed the entire time :/

  27. Ashley on November 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    You could try a breathable blanket. Aden and Anais make a heavier muslin one. We are just using a crocheted one (my LO is a bit older though; I am pretty paranoid and didn’t do much in the crib til after a year besides a few small toys).

  28. Pam on November 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I love your 10 things about 10 months list, so cool!
    It’s easy to see how much you love being a mom. I very much look forward to becoming a mom someday too 🙂

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