Q. Can John crawl yet?
A. John still gets around by scooting on his belly. He is shockingly efficient with his scooting. Now he only uses his right foot to push off of! (The left leg he usually leaves up.) The big toe of his right foot has actually developed a blister because of this. I would be very surprised if John ever crawls on all fours because he can go everywhere he needs to go on his belly.
Here is a video of John from when he first started scooting (back in September):
Q. Can John pull himself up to standing position or "cruise" (hold onto furniture and take steps along it)?
A. John can pull himself up to standing position on a few very low, very sturdy things in the house. Today he practiced pulling himself up to standing position on the door of the dishwasher (while it was down). He thought it would be fun to play with the dirty silverware inside, but Mommy thought otherwise. John likes to stand against things like coffee tables, but he is still learning how to "cruise" them. If you put John against one end of a coffee table and an object he desires at the other end, he either tries to lean his way to the object, or he uses the wrong foot to start out and almost trips himself. (I will try to get a video of this for your viewing pleasure!)
Interestingly, while John still has a long way to go with his cruising, he is getting quite good at taking steps with someone holding his hands and walking behind him. At the beginning of this week, he couldn't take more than one or two steps at a time. (I don't think he understood that he even COULD take steps.) Now he can walk all the way across the room this way!
Q. What is John's favorite toy?
A. John is a bit anti-toy at the moment. He greatly prefers adult stuff that could in no way be considered toy-like. A few of his current favorites are water bottles, baby wipes containers, baby wipes, Mom's sunglasses, Mom's shiny wallet, shoes (open- or closed-toe -- he doesn't discriminate), and anything in the drawer of the computer desk. If I had to name one actual toy, it would be his activity table that plays music and teaches the alphabet and colors.
Q. What kinds of foods does John eat now?
A. John still eats his oatmeal every morning for breakfast. He hops up and down in his highchair when he sees Mom taking the cereal container out of the pantry! For his other "meals" he still enjoys the stage 2 pureed foods (fruits like apples, bananas, pears, prunes and veggies like sweet potatoes, squash, corn, carrots). He abhors pureed green veggies like peas and green beans.
In the last month, we've started giving him a variety of finger foods to try. He LOVES crackers, teething biscuits and bread (notice a pattern?). He likes cooked corn kernels and black beans. He does not like cut-up avocado or bananas. The jury is still out on the mesh feeders that we bought recently -- John devoured the fresh fruit and veggies we put in a feeder for him last week, but this week he won't even look at the feeder, regardless of what is inside.
Q. Does John say any words?
A. He still says "mum" all the time, but I don't think he necessarily is addressing me when he does. His new favorite word is "dat," which may be the precursor to "dad" or "that" -- can't be sure. John can also vocalize a whole bunch of other syllables that I can't even distinguish to be able to spell them here. Lately John has taken to shrieking (in excitement) at the top of his lungs. That goes over really well in public :)
Q. Just how long is John's hair now?
A. Pretty darn long. His bangs are below his eyebrows now, so I have to sweep them to one side so they don't get in his eyes. The hair coming out of his two (yes, two!) cowlicks still stands straight up in the air. John's hair is a mix between Kate Gosselin's mullet and the hair of that singer from the '80s band Flock of Seagulls: in other words, very chic.
Not surprisingly, his hair is the first thing people notice about John. "Look at that hair!" they say. "Can I touch it?" they ask.
Mommy and Daddy love you so much, John! We can't believe you are already 10 months old. Time needs to slow down!