I can’t believe my babies are in the double digits—10 months! Where does the time go? I know it’s so cliche to say, but yes, time does fly. If I’d recap these past 10 months with one word, I’d have to say Growth! Aaron and I have grown so much as parents and our babies, my gosh, they have grown leaps and bounds in so many ways.
For our babies, they are inching their way towards toddler-dom and I am mourning the baby period. They are mobile, they have opinions, they have personalities. Who took our babies and dropped off these tiny humans?
TELLER AT 10 MONTHS
Teller is 19 pounds of pure independence. He has my personality to a T. He plays so well by himself, steal toys from his brother and thinks its hilarious to avoid kisses from his mother. This is the kid that gives me a stone-cold face at school pick-up (see photo below) and instead hugs his teacher. So naughty! And SO silly. He loves to SCREAM and SCREECH and laugh and just generally have a great time. When he kisses, he opens his whole mouth and attacks my nose and mouth and it’s just the cutest thing ever. Nighttime is our special time together and when I get in all of my snuggles and hugs.
Teller is OK with crawling but pulling up, cruising and just generally scaring his mother to death is the name of his game. He pulls himself up on anything he can get his grip on—the wall, the ottoman, a random box, anything. NO FEAR. When he falls over, he gets back up with no tears and keeps moving.
Teeth: None yet!
Favorite hobbies: making dophin-like clicking noises with his tongue, screeching at full volume, saying “momma” and “dada”, grabbing cords, gnawing on my leg, eating Puffs, sleeping through the night, pulling himself up on unstable items and tackling his brother.
Nicknames: TG, Teller Man, TT
NIXON AT 10 MONTHS
Nixon is 20 pounds of pure love. This boy is just like his father. A complete extrovert and flirt, this little man wants closeness, hugs and kisses every minute of the day. When he meets new people, he does this silly little “I’m shy” move where he buries his head into my neck and then pops back up and gives his greeter a big grin. He rotates between being a momma’s boy and a daddy’s boy, it just depends on how he’s feeling. He’s a sensitive little thing and just generally super sweet.
Nixon started crawling first a few weeks ago, and now he’s all over the house. Unlike his brother, pulling up on things isn’t nearly as interesting. He’s more likely to crawl towards people than toys. Unless it’s a laptop cord—which is like crack for both of my kids. LOL.
Teeth: Three! Two on top, one on bottom. He thinks it’s great fun to clack them together.
Favorite hobbies: Using mom and dad as a jungle gym, hugs, acting shy, laptop cords, clacking his teeth together, saying “dada” and “momma”, eating puffs, waking up at midnight, being rocked to sleep, putting things into his mouth that he shouldn’t, crawling underneath chairs, toys, jumpers.
Nicknames: Nicky Nix, Nicky, Nix Nix, Nix Nix Peeped the Chicks (from this book)
Aaron and I have grown so much as parents. In those early months, we were still holding on to our “old” lives. We’d always say, “Remember when we could do this?” or “Wouldn’t it be so nice to do that?” etc. We’re so far past that now. We’ve embraced this new life of ours… and with joy! We’re parents, we have kids and we’ve found new ways to have a great time. I know there’s some corny quote that applies here about adjusting our sails.
One thing that’s helped is we have a rule that we don’t complain about being tired. It’s pointless! And it’s boring to talk about. Yes, we’re tired. OF COURSE WE ARE. But this is our new normal. Saying we’re tired is like saying we’re humans who breathe and blink. NO DUH. Next topic please!
Our family’s biggest challenge in the last few months is dealing with germs and our babies’ immature immune systems. Thank you cold and flu season! We are ALWAYS sick. ALWAYS. Both the babies and Aaron and I. In the past three weeks, we’ve had two double ear infections, pink eye, stomach flus, bronchiolitis, bronchitis, sore throats and just general congestion. And it never happens at the same time. First Teller goes down and then Nixon a few days later. Something that should last for a few days we are dealing with for weeks for that reason. It’s hard! And we’ve both missed a ton of work because of it. Poor Aaron just spent two days in the hospital for peritonsillar abcesses. He’s recovered now but it was not fun on so many levels. Thank god for great grandparents who swoop in to save ALL of us.
But I know that it’s just a phase and we will all be healthy before we know it. I cannot wait for Spring and Summer! And I’m looking forward to those rockstar immune systems in a few years. For now, it’s all about adapting. If you’ve seen me lately, you know I’ve been carting around my goody bag full of “feel better” stuff for the babies. We’re essentially snot managers at this point. Ha! Here is what we’ve been using.
As you can see, we use a TON of natural saline on the boys and our favorite brand is Boogie Wipes (and the Boogie Mist too!). This stuff is the nectar of life—seriously! The secret to Boogie Wipes is the saline. All-natural saline is an awesome and safe solution for breaking up and dissolving the crust and boogs on their little noses. There is Aloe, Chamomile and Vitamin E inside… it’s a patented formula, which soothes the redness and irritation too. You can read more about the ingredients here.
And oh my gosh, do you guys use the NoseFrida? We are TWICE a day over here with the boys. Our pediatrician recommended saline spray pre-NoseFrida to get a nice productive suction. (I can’t believe I just typed that…. gross!) But it’s true and it works so well. And yes, I use all of the Boogie Wipe and Boogie Mist products on myself. And maybe the Nose Frida, too. 😉
You can also visit Boogie Wipes website for a free coupon!
This post is sponsored by Boogie Wipes, but all opinions are completely my own!