I need to hurry and get this post out before Desmond turns 9 months...or a year. I swear I was just posting his 7 month update a few days ago.
In the last month Desmond has mastered crawling, he gets so fast, especially when he has his eye on something. He starts grunting or saying "yeah yeah yeah", which is one of his newest "words". He also has started saying something that resembles "hi".
He loves to wave his arms up and down when he gets excited or is testing the sound of an object banging into another. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING he snatches goes immediately into his mouth. He has two bottom teeth that came in simultaneously. His top left is about to poke through as well. In fact it gave us quite the scare this evening when it started to gush blood. We've never had anything like that happen but the nurse on the phone acted as if it was a normal occurrence. (any other parents out there have this happen?)
Just over a week ago he pulled himself up to standing in his crib for the first time and every since he has been obsessed with pulling himself up and has already started cruising, making his way across the front of the couch. This kiddo is so ready to chase his brother down!
Now that he's so mobile he doesn't want much to do with being held, playing in his jumper, or being carried in the Ergo for very long. He gets antsy to move on his own. He even likes being put down in the grass to crawl (Kai refused to let grass touch his skin, especially when he was learning to walk).
Desmond is super friendly, quick to return a smile from just about anyone. He has taken to occasionally feigning shyness by smirking and burying his head in my neck or shoulder when approached by someone. He is super ticklish and loved to be bounced or danced with.
He has become quite the chatter box and will babble to himself endlessly. When Kai is around he's all ears. He loves to watch and listen to his brother. Malakai is better as soothing him when he gets grumpy in the car than either myself or Ben. Kai will quickly say "it's okay Desmond, it's okay, it's okay, it's okay" and Des will smile or relax and usually remain calm.
He has loved trying new foods but still prefers to nurse. So far he's eaten oatmeal, banana, avocado, mango, and butternut squash. We've been slow on introducing new foods because of how busy our schedule has been lately, but he doesn't seem to mind. Next on the menu will be yogurt.
Des is obviously a big boy for his age. Apparently Ben + I have average sized newborns that grow at an incredible rate. Kai has slowed down and is normal for his age, so we're assuming his baby brother will do the same. We're just glad they're healthy and happy.
I love watching you learn, grow, and laugh little Des.