Blaise is 11 months old today! Oh what a joy he is!
We've been living a fairly normal life, and are so thankful for that! God shows us everyday how great HE is!
Blaise's favorite mode of transportation is walking. He will only walk when holding on to fingers on BOTH of our hands though. I've tried to make him hold just my right hand, and he is immediatly reaching for the other. He can also cruise around the house by holding on to his walker. He can pass back and forth from the couch to the coffee table and once and awhile if he is brave enough will lunge foward into my arms holding on to nothing.
It warmed up enough the other day that I was able to take him outside and let him walk by outside for the first time! Last fall he was always just pushed in strollers! He was pretty dazed and amazed and did more stumbling around looking at the "outside" world than anything. He went straight to the grass and reached out to touch the leaves. Poor baby is just starting to realize there is a whole other world beyond our living room! He now will walk right over to the front door and reach for the handle acting like he wants to go outside. He loves it!
Blaise has now also made trips to see grandpa at Red Barn, the grocery store in Oakland and Subway in Tekamah. Slowly but surely, we are venturing out!
He is still pretty behind on the eating department. We've conquered Saltine crackers, graham crackers, cottage cheese, little bites of toast and waffles and that's about it. He pretty much loves to put the food in his mouth, but will just hold it in his cheeks instead of chewing and swallowing. We keep trying every day, and hopefully he will get there soon.
He also still gets a bottle/pacifier once or twice a night. I am VERY ready for this to be over! We've graduated to all 12 month or 12-18 month clothing.
Blaise also LOVES Grandpa and Grandma Hartwell's dog Cartman. He screams with joy non-stop while visiting him. Last night, Cartman learned that if he sticks pretty close to Blaise's high chair during supper, he will get a treat. We caught Blaise with a handful of cottage cheese hanging over the edge, with Cartman licking it clean! Too funny!
The next few weeks will be in fast-forward! We have Easter, followed by a trip to Garden City, Kansas for Great-Grandpa Voth's 90th birthday, then Blaises first birthday and one-year old pictures the weekend after that! PHEW!