Welcome back, strangers! While I've been over here slacking off on the blog, Magnus aged an entire month! We are officially in the land of getting invited to first birthdays, which means we are ourselves barreling towards the big ONE with lightning speed!
If you are looking at the photo up there thinking, wait a minute, how is he actually smiling and not just diving face first into the milestone blocks... let me let you in on a lil' secret we tried this month. Please note the bamba (= Israeli peanut snack) in his right hand... tada! The age-old food bribe worked its magic! (Scroll all the way down for a behind-the-scenes of our pre-bamba attempt at a photoshoot....)
Literally a minute and a half after our 9 months appointment at the pediatrician (ok, maybe 3 days after, but you know what I mean), Magnus learned to sit himself up - making his mama proud, because the pediatrician had very confidently informed us that it was "too early" for that. Crushing that milestone game, Magnus!
Maybe the funniest new thing of this 10th month of Magnus are all the new sounds he learned. While he's not saying actual words yet (more on that in a minute), he has soooo much to tell us! He is mostly working on his (German) R, T, (English) TH and N sounds, and it sounds something like "rrrtrrtrrt". Couple that with his one-footed army crawling and it's like he's this little wind-up toy that you release and he goes off yelling "rrrtrrrtrrrt" until he runs out of energy.
Within the last month, he outgrew everything he had been wearing up to that point. One day it just wouldn't fit. Now even the 12-month size is small, which is really a bummer because he has all these adorable sweaters in that size... Oh, and here's another big one! Magnus learned how to pull himself up to stand! It's so much fun to watch because he looks at us with the biggest smirk of pride on his face when he's managed to stand up - and even better, he loves to shake his booty if we put some music on (you may have seen him rocking out to Beyonce on my insta stories)! I feel like he is learning something new every week, sometimes twice a week, and it's the coolest thing to witness.
He is feeding himself more and more as well - broccoli is (shockingly) one of his faves, only second to Bamba and bread (always bread... a boy after his own mama's heart). He also loved all Thanksgiving food, including turkey and stuffing and rice & beans and mashed potatoes and Thai curry sweet potatoes. When he's hungry, he'll say "mamamama...", which I know has nothing to do with me and everything to do with food but it still makes my heart sing!
What we are still waiting for: teeth (zero as of today - not that I'm complaining...), crawling (the army crawl is still going strong, even though he is getting up on all fours and shimmying back and forth a LOT) and first words (it's probably too early for that, though "mamama" when hungry has been consistent, so that's a start!).
...and, as promised, here's how this photoshoot was going sans bamba:
Happy 10 months, Magnusito! Keep movin' and shakin'!