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Walking Already??

Well, just about 2 weeks shy of 11 months, Cheyenne is starting to walk. She has been cruising along the furniture, walls, and people for almost 2 months now and she has really strengthened her legs. Of course, since she was 3 months old, she was wanting to stand up in people’s laps and started getting her leg strength then.

She is standing up and walking a few steps at a time! She started out by putting her hands on her diaper wipes box and not just standing herself up, but picking up the box as she stood up! Now she is just standing up from sitting or crawling. Then once she gets up, she will take a couple or three steps before falling down or catching her balance and sitting back down. Sometimes, she will be walking beside me holding on to just one finger and she will let go all of a sudden and take a few steps on her own. She’s also standing up at the furniture or her walker and just turning and walking away.

She is learning new signs and it is so cute to see her tell me what she wants. When she is starting to get tired, (or maybe she just knows when it is naptime) she will look up at me and sign and say “bed”. So she takes her bottle and goes down for a nap. At bedtime, she knows that when she has her bottle, after that she tells Nana & Grandpa night-night and she tells them bye and “bed” as she signs it.

After dinner, she starts signing and saying “bath”. So we get nake and I go start the bath. When I take her to get in the bath, we have to stop in the bathroom in front of the big mirror so she can see herself in the mirror and tell herself that she is going to take a bath. She loves her bath as she has since she was born!! She splashes and laughs and plays with a few toys and has a ball!! She likes to pet the duck (her bathtub is a huge rubber duck) and is starting to want to give the duck a bath too!!

She is just starting to sign “eat”. Sometimes she does it correctly and other times she just puts a flat hand up to her mouth a few times, but she gets her point across. She isn’t really to the point of telling me she needs to eat, I usually am on top of that and she doesn’t have to tell me, but when I tell her it’s time to eat, she will start signing it.

She has 6 teeth now!! She has 4 on top and 2 on bottom. The 4 on top are still in various stages of being in all the way, but nontheless, she has 6 teeth and is so precious when she smiles and you can see all of them.

She is learning her different body parts and if you ask her where her feet are, she will be more than happy to pick them up and show them to you!! If you ask her where her head is, she will slap herself in the head a few times and smile and laugh!! If you ask her where her ear is, she will either hold on to it, or stick her finger in it!!

She is getting so big so fast and she is at such a cute age right now and I can’t wait to see what she does next!! I can’t believe in just over a month, we’ll be celebrating her 1st birthday!!

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Cheyenne’s 10 month "Birthday"

So another month has passed and my little Cheyenne is now 10 months old! She is growing so fast and learning each and every day!! She is teething once again. She is now getting in her 4 top teeth all at the same time. They are all in various stages of coming in. Three of them have already poked through and are working on being in all the way. The 4th one is just under the surface, but I can feel it, so it will be pushing through in the next day or so. So here pretty soon, she will have 6 teeth in all the way.

I have started her on some solid foods. She eats what we call puffs, which are kind of like Cheerios, but softer and dissolve quickly in their mouth. She is also eating Gerber Yogurt Melts, which melt in her mouth also. But she doesn’t give them a chance to. She will put them in her mouth and start chewing. She is so cute when she chews…

She has also been eating avocado for a while now, and now I am leaving it a little chunky and she eats it with no problem. When I give her a bite, she will chew up the chunks and then open her mouth when she is ready for more. She loves her avocado!!

Even though she can’t produce a lot of different sounds as far as words, she talks quite a bit!

Some of her favorite words are:

BaBa – Grandpa
Bubba – Devon
Baaa (while patting her chest) – bath
Ba – Ball
Boo – Book

Did you notice how almost everything started with B? She knows exactly what she’s saying and it’s funny to see her look at us as if to say “Hello? Don’t you know what I’m saying?”

She is cruising along not only the furniture, but along the fireplace, walls, cabinets, chairs and pretty much anything that is in her way. She loves to get her big ball and stand up and try to walk with it. She also loves to bounce her face off of it!! It’s hilarious! She also will crawl over to her push walker and stand up and walk across the room.

She is starting to hug…that is pat pat. She doesn’t squeeze hug anymore like she did for a while, but now she will pat you on the back of the shoulder. It’s so cute!!

She is so interested in whatever someone is doing, she will watch and try to figure out how to do it and if she can’t, she is making a mental note to remember it for later. She really is such a smart little girl. She knows where her feet are and when I ask her where her feet are, she will grab her feet and almost roll over backwards. She also knows where her head is and she will pat her head when I ask her where her head is.

I can’t believe it has been 10 months since she was born. I guess one day next week, I will wake up and she’ll be leaving for her first day of high school!!

I only have 2 months until her 1st birthday! Time is moving so fast, so I started looking at decorations and party stuff today to start planning her birthday party. It will be here before we know it!!