Gemma: Ten Months
It feels as though every stage is fun and new, but I really am loving Gemma’s age right now. Her personality is coming out, she’s learning new things, and I’m constantly reaching for my phone to take a new photo or video of whatever cute things she’s doing.
When she’s not sick or teething (even that hasn’t been terrible, really), Gemma really is a dream baby. She loves her big sisters and tolerates their affection and bossiness well, she loves her dad and gets so excited every day when he comes home, and she laughs easily, which is always so fun.
This month, she learned how to high-five, figured out when it’s time to wake up Sophie from her nap (which they both LOVE), discovered how to open cabinet doors and how to push chairs around the kitchen (guaranteed to drive Sophie crazy), and a few days ago she started taking a few unassisted steps.
She eats most foods, and loves grapes and pasta especially. Her other favorite snacks are leaves and all the school projects Grace brings home–I don’t know how many times a day I take paper away from her, but it has to be hourly, at least.
I love seeing the difference in our kids’ personalities, and how they show up at such an early age. When we had just one, it was hard to guess which traits were normal baby behavior and which things were uniquely Grace. With Gemma, we know that she flaps her arms when she gets excited, thinks it’s funny when I take off my glasses, and she’s our only baby to chase the vacuum instead of hide from it. I guess she’s used to a lot of noise!
I feel as though I say this every month, but we are really so grateful for our little Gem, and the joy that she brings to all of us.