Benson is now 11 months old and has suddenly taken a huge developmental stride forward!
-He finally got his first tooth at about 10 months old (his top front tooth) and now has 3 teeth through. Teething has not been his favorite and I can agree with his sentiments.
-He is starting to talk a lot and mimic sounds we make! He can say "Dada," "Mama" (or usually, "Mom," which is funny to hear from a tiny baby), "Jesus" (and recognizes pictures of Him), "Dance," and "Ball" consistently, but he often seems to say other words as well. He will say, "Ooooohhh," when he cuddles me and sometimes seems to say "Uh-oh." My favorite, though, was when we were at a doctor's appointment when he was 10 months old. He got a shot and he didn't cry, but he got the most perturbed expression on his face and angrily yelled to the nurse, "Dop!" I was so surprised to hear him tell her to stop so clearly! After the appointment I was buckling him into his carseat and he wasn't pleased and also told me, "Dop!" I haven't seen him say it again since so maybe it was coincidence, but it definitely seemed clear and was very hilarious!
-He is beginning to make animal sounds and loves mooing like a cow.
-He began taking steps around 9 1/2 months but he has taken a long time to begin walking a lot. He still mostly crawls or walks around while hanging onto something but can walk across the room independently if he wants to.
-He loves to read books, independently and with me.
-He used to love food but now is more interested in throwing it on the floor.
-He loves music and dancing.
He is incredibly busy and keeps me on my toes, but he is as sweet as can be and I couldn't love him more.
He used to make this face ALL the time when he thought something was interesting! It's pretty much my favorite.
I also feel it would be prudent to take a moment to appreciate his full, squishy cheeks.