Penelope Marie -10 Months

Dear Penelope,

You are 10 months old and summer is in full swing!

It was another busy month especially for this working mama. I haven’t talked much about balancing work and being a mom – mainly because I still haven’t figured it out. And I probably never will, but that’s okay. There is no question that the balance is tricky and the month in June is my most challenging when it comes to work. I plan a huge annual meeting for my Firm and it requires long hours and being away from home for a few days. This month I spent my first ever night away from you. It was tough, but thankfully I wasn’t far and you even came by for a quick visit! Your dad did a wonderful job and didn’t miss a beat.

You went on your first official boat ride! Your godparents Stephen and MG have a boat and invited us for the day. We had a great time and you enjoyed the ride and swimming in the lake!

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Once my big meeting was over, things got so much less hectic and we were able to enjoy our time together more. We went to the pool, spent time with our friends and had lots of family time.

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I can’t even tell you how much I have enjoyed seeing your little personality develop. You have never met a stranger and you make friends wherever you go. You are so outgoing just like your father is and you love being the center of attention. You make us laugh all the time with your funny faces and noises. You talk like crazy! You can say a few words (mama, papa ,dog) but mostly you babble in your own little language and it’s adorable.

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You are crawling around like crazy. You still prefer the army crawl over crawling on your hands and knees. You have even attempted pulling yourself up a little! I think we may need to lower your crib here soon. 🙂

Unfortunately, we have not seen enough improvement in your eating so we called your pediatrician and got a recommendation for a feeding specialist. This has been our toughest challenge with you, by far. You won’t take purees (you often gag and throw up) so we were feeding you primarily soft solids. You threw up after we fed you some soft solids one day and we realized that you aren’t chewing your food at all; you’ve just been swallowing everything whole which was a terrifying realization. So we pray that the specialist will be able to give us the help we need. Your first birthday is quickly approaching and in my head I keep hearing “food is fun until you’re one.” This scares me so much as your primary source of food is still my milk and I’m not sure that is going to change anytime soon. We are anxiously awaiting our appointment.

Although eating has been a challenge, sleeping has not! You are a champ when it comes to sleeping. You take 2 naps during the day – usually around 8:30 and then again around 1:30 and  you sleep between 1-2 hours for each nap. You typically go to bed between 6:30 and 7 and stay asleep until about 6:30 the next morning!

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Thank you for being such a sweet joy and a bright spot in our lives. We love you more than you could ever know!

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