Happy ten months, dear! And a joyous Easter Sunday! As Mom and Esther K. practiced music for the Easter service this week, you joined along in singing and dancing in your highchair. It was adorable. You are such a delight, Eva-doll. We pray that you will have many years to join with us in the Easter celebration of Jesus' risen life. He is Risen! And through Him, you may also live!
This month's biggest development for you was giving up your third nap. It took a week or so, but you finally shifted your remaining two naps a bit further apart (for which we are grately thankful), and we love the extra wake-time hours we have with you. You now prefer to take naps in your bed, and we think that you're going through such a huge develpmental leap right now, that you're really struggling to let your mind and body rest and sleep. Once you give in, you sleep really well. But we've had a bit more of a struggle the last couple weeks in getting you to fall asleep. It is pitifully cute how you just want to play and talk.
You are measuring 72 cm in length (about 28.3 inches, 55th percentile) and weighing 8.9 kg (19.6lbs, 50th percentile). You scoot around quite a bit, but you still haven't ventured into true crawling. Most attempts (mistaken or intentional) end in face-plants and pouty faces. You still have quick hands! You were able to capture Mom's coffee mug at a cafe this past month, and although it created quite a scarey scene (and a soaked Mom), you recovered from the incident within minutes without any injuries. We are thankful! You are really into taking things apart right now--unstacking books and toys, emptying baskets, moving piles of laundry, or messing with your brother's toys. You love reading books, especially now that you're awake for longer periods during the day.
You seem to love almost any food we give you now. You're pretty good about eating finger foods and getting most of it in your mouth, but we still mostly spoon-feed you for the convenience. You ventured into various meats and spices this month, and you seem to enjoy them all. No teeth yet, but that is no surprise to us as your brother's were also late coming in.
You still prefer to say "Dada" and say it constantly with a very rare utterance of "Mama." You are attempting some sign language, though it's not quite accurate yet. You love to give high fives and are getting close to clapping. You laugh a lot, especially in response to your brother, and love playing peek-a-boo games with all of us. You have allowed a few people to hold you, other than Mom and Dad. But in general, you are right in the middle of intense stranger anxiety. Otherwise, you are a very content and flexible little girl.
This month our family finally visited Kurpark Oberlaa, and we had a splendid time together. You absolutely loved swinging with Dad and giggled so loudly every time the swing moved towards him! You got to sit in and feel grass, watch your brother throw a Frisbee, and observe sheep and goats.
We are so delighted by you, dear, sweet Evangeline. We are thankful for the gift of you and love you, dearly! Happy ten-month birthday!
your daddy and mommy
Evangeline Elif - 10 month old