I have tried to post pictures of Hunter every month on his month 'birthday', but I haven't been totally successful. I realized today that I never posted his 10 month pictures, or what was going on with him at that point. Oops - and my memory is pretty crummy - so hopefully I'll remember what was going on that month....
But on Wednesday Hunter turned 11 months old. WOW! This month he has changed quite a bit and has started being SO active! This kid moves and moves and moves. He crawls (army-style) EVERYWHERE, and as of recently pulls himself up to things. The wall, the furniture, over our bodies if we're sitting or lying down - climbs, climbs, climbs. Specifically he climbs in his crib - pulling himself up. However, he is not quite sure how to get DOWN, and so once he pulls himself up - he screams and screams until we come get him. We're not huge fans of it - but realize that someday he'll figure how to fall down on his own. (and actually yesterday he did it a couple of times and would cheer for himself when he'd do it. So cute!)
Hunter loves clapping, has started waving and kind of saying hi and bye (rough versions of it, occasionally). He also loves to clap when you say "YAY!" and raise his hands up high when you ask, "How big is Hunter? SOOOOO BIG!" He has 2 teeth, and more that are trying their darndest to pop through. He loves showing off those bottom teeth though with a big toothy grin. He also loves biting down on anything and everything he can (including my chin, cheeks, arms, etc).
Just recently Hunter has started to enjoy looking at books, and being less rough with them (to this point he would just EAT them, rip them, etc). He loves to flip through books with flaps, and small board books that are just his size.
As far as eating goes - Hunter will eat any and everything. His favorite flavor is banana. He loves mushed bananas, banana yogurt mushed bananas with cereal, mixed banana juice (at least he'll drink a little - that's more to say than he does with anything else liquid...), bananas mixed with berries, apples, pears, etc, etc. And he will eat any other baby-food too. He loves feeding himself little things - like cereal puffs (specially made for babies), and freeze dried fruits (specifically bananas and strawberries). Most nights he will eat and eat and eat - and we are the ones who have to stop because we think he's eaten too much. You'd never know it by looking at him though - he's still pretty small (around 18 lbs).
Hunter is still nursing. In fact, at the rate he's going - he might be nursing forever. I'm planning to have him weaned in this next month or so....but he's got other plans. He still needs to nurse to fall asleep - so I'm praying that he will find other ways to soothe himself to sleep. I had really hoped to get Gabe's potty-training under control before I started to work on the weaning (because it involves patience, and I don't have a lot of it right now) - so I am hoping that our progress can continue with Gabe's potty training. Wish us luck with this.
But this is our baby at 11 months. Next official update will be at ONE YEAR. YIKES!
(And here are pictures of Hunter last month - when he turned 10 months.)