Abby is just a month away before she turns one! I cannot believe how fast it is going to be. It probably feels even faster since I returned back to work – and have been so busy planning lessons since I now have freshmen, which I have not had since my first year of teaching! – and have been getting ready for Emi’s 4th birthday party (a small one just for her classmates). The big one is in October, a combined celebration for Emi and Abby, since Taro is currently in India. Yes, I know! Taro in India?!? But I digress…

Abby at 11 months is such a fun stage, yet one that needs constant monitoring. She gets into everything possible! Something on the couch or chair? Abby will stand up and reach for it. Bath toys lined up at my parents’ house? Abby will stand up and knock them all over. An outlet, iPhone charger, piece of luggage, toy, mail sitting by the TV, stuffed animal, big red wagon? Abby will get to it. She is my trouble maker and the one that requires baby proofing the house (as best as we can)! Emi never got into this kind of trouble, but at the same time, Emi was not on the move like Abby! Luckily Emi keeps an eye on Abby, too, so it definitely makes things easier. Abby is a lot quicker now, though, especially because she now crawls on her hands and knees. She still does her army crawling and will alternate at times, but now she crawls more using her knees. When I thought she was fast enough, now Abby is even faster! At my parents’ house, if you are not watching, she will dip her hands into Sandi’s bowl of water and try to playfully throw dog food on the floor. See what I mean by trouble? When I chase after Abby and say, “Noooooo!” she just crawls even faster and laughs. Abby might be trouble, but secretly, she cracks me up and I love that she is different from Emi.

Abby isn’t walking on her own yet, but she can easily pull herself up and walk sideways with support. Because she can do that, she grabs everything that she can in her line of sight. Abby is really good at throwing things and gets good range. At restaurants or when Abby is sitting down to eat, she especially likes to drop things on the floor and thinks it is funny. On the plus side, Abby doesn’t mind sitting to eat as long as she gets her food AND my food! Abby enjoys eating the Happy Baby food (including the cereal and yogurt melts) and likes eating pasta/noodles (udon, chow fun, pasta stars), rice/porridge, and fruit – apples, peaches, oranges, and grapes (kyoho, of course). Abby is a good eater and as long as I have a pouch of food and a container of cereal, she is good to go! She is getting better at picking up food and putting it into her mouth, although she still occasionally misses.

I’m pretty sure Abby now says “Mama” in reference to me…or it just so happens that she says it every time she is in her car seat. It’s pretty funny that she says it as loud as she can. Abby also says, “A-da!” and “da-da-da” quite a bit. If she wants anything, Abby is not hesitant to grab my arm/hand or bang her hands against the table or tray. Whether with sounds or actions, she gets her point across.

Abby finds it funny that she can balance things on her head…or she tries to balance everything on her head. She has learned how to stack blocks on top of one another and enjoys knocking them down. Abby likes to be in the walker and can zoom her way around my parents’ house. She also likes anything that requires pulling herself up and will check out the tops of toys.

Abby is growing up fast and I cannot believe she will be one very, very soon! I cannot wait to celebrate and am excited to see how Abby will continue to grow and change. Until October…

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Ten months is all about developing. Although Abby doesn’t crawl on her hands and knees – she still likes to do that Army crawl thing – she is super fast and can get herself from one room to another. She actually crawls down the hallway at my parents’ house and it takes her 12 seconds. That might sound pretty easy, but if you try it yourself, crawling the exact same way Abby does, it takes longer than that. Trust me; I tried it and my brother doesn’t even dare because he knows that he won’t do it as fast as Abby. In addition to crawling, Abby is able to sit herself back up from the crawling position, even when it might not be at the best spot (like under the chair). When we were in Hawaii, Abby managed to pull herself up and now she stands herself up to reach things!

Speaking of Hawaii, it was Abby’s first plane ride. She was up most of the flight going there and when we arrived at our hotel, one of the first things she did was pull herself up using an ottoman. Why did she do that? My mom and I were snacking on poke and taro chips and Abby wanted to get some! I have this great picture of her overlooking the food and trying to hang on. So since then, Abby has been pulling herself up and grabbing everything possible. Abby had a great time going to the pool everyday and even tried a little bit of shaved ice. She made the best and funniest sour face! (More on the trip when I post Emi’s update!) The hardest part of the trip was coming back. Although Abby slept 4 out of the 5 hours, I couldn’t because I was holding her and felt like I would drop her when I dozed off. It was definitely a hard red eye back and adjusting Abby back on California time was rough. Overall, it was a good trip, but like I said, more details when I give an update on Emi!

Abby’s teeth right now are a nuisance to her; Abby is constantly sticking her fingers to the back so those molars must be irritating her. She is doing well, though, considering there is no fever. I’m not sure if they are out yet and dare not stick my fingers in Abby’s mouth! Tooth #7, bottom, popped out on July 31st and Abby happily munches on the Happy Baby cereal (that just melts in your mouth) and on baby food, her favorite being green beans. She can eat that all day, everyday. Abby is very curious when we eat so I have given her some fruit like peaches and kyoho grapes. If she likes it she grabs your hand for more. Abby is still not taking the bottle (with milk), but at least she will have a little bit of water. She will definitely wait until I get home to nurse her – did I mention I went back to teaching?!?! – and make crazy arm motions to signal me to hurry up and walk through that door.

Abby continues to make a lot of sounds, especially a-da! She still likes to blow raspberries and wag her tongue back and forth. This is her thing – and it still makes me laugh. I can do it and make the la-la-la sound while driving and she will do it from the back seat. I usually look at Abby from the mirror and she has a smile on her face. Abby will even do it to Emi and then both are goofballs in the back. Abby loves Emi so much, by the way. Abby actually turns in her seat looking for Emi and Emi can do things that will make Abby instantaneously stop being upset. It is truly something special…and makes me love having two girls.

It has been the best 10 months EVER being home with Abby (and Emi, of course) and it is a bummer that I am back at teaching, but luckily both are in good hands – with my parents. It’s hard dropping off Abby in the morning, but my work days are pretty crazy right now so it’s not too bad. Do I wish I could stay home? Heck yes! But I do enjoy the company of my coworkers. At least at the end of the day, I get to see two eager faces and it makes me appreciate them even more.

10 is going to turn to 11…and then it’s going to be Abby’s first birthday in no time! She is growing up fast, but luckily, I have been there for so much of it. Until next month…