Recently, Cole turned 10 months old.
Ten. 1-0. Double digits.
I don’t know what it is about counting down the first 12 months of a baby’s life that makes each month seem so special – but it REALLY is. And one thing I noticed when he hit that 10th month and I snapped his monthly picture was how much he changed in those short 4 weeks!
In just four short weeks, Cole went from having no teeth to having two teeny bottom chompers. He went from only scooting around on his butt to full on crawling with his leg out to the side – and he gets quicker by the day! He’s standing at his walking toys and able to take a few steps with us steadying him. Cole’s babbling of different consonants and vowels has increased, despite “dada” still being his favorite to say, which of course Mitch thoroughly enjoys harassing me about. We’ve started to teach him some basic baby sign language, but that effort hasn’t come to fruition yet. He’s definitely turned into a little wild man in a short few weeks, and more and more of his feisty personality is coming out each day.
Needless to say, we’ve got our hands full already and they’re only going to get fuller as this little bundle of energy continues to grow and learn!
One of the benefits of Cole’s increased movement is that he wears himself out by the end of the day and has actually slept through the night a handful of times – which this momma needed so desperately! 😂 I’m hoping this is a turning point for our night time woes, it’s amazing what a decent night of sleep can do for a tired mommy.
On a more serious and more emotional note, this week has some very big changes in store for our little family. Cole is starting at a new daycare Tuesday, which I am very nervous about as he’s become quite attached to his momma bear through the past few months of quarantine. On top of that, Mitch starts his new job tomorrow.
As many of you already know, or have read in my earlier blog, Mitch was laid off from Norfolk Southern in September after working there 9 years when Cole was just 3 weeks old. He had considered a few different new career options and had applied to be a Local 126 lineman. After months of waiting, testing, training, and COVID delays – he begins his 3.5 year apprenticeship journey tomorrow, which also involves working out of town all week.
I know this new chapter in our journey will be a difficult one for all three of us, and my heart is very heavy today. It’s very easy to focus on the negatives but there are many positives too. I’m so lucky to have a husband who is so dedicated to providing for our family, and I know that we will become closer and stronger as a family despite being miles apart. I know it will be challenging being a “single parent” for most of the week, especially because Mitch has always been a hands on daddy who has done so much for Cole and I. But I am lucky to have family and friends who are close by and who will support us.
As we all know – tough times don’t last, tough people do. We got this. ❤️