My little ray of sunshine

This baby is giving me gray hair. There’s no doubt about it. One minute he was playing on the floor in Maximus’ room. The next he was sitting in the middle of Maximus’ bed. It literally took him two tries to get his chubby little leg up onto the bed and he hauled himself up with little effort. He’s definitely the cause of most of my gray hairs.

10-month-old baby climbs into toddler bed

10-month-old baby climbs into toddler bed

Besides climbing up in his big brother’s bed, Quinten is walking along everything. It’s been a while since he’s tried to use something smaller than himself as a support. He is the primary reason we bought a new dining room table. Our card table wasn’t a good match for Quinten and he didn’t seem to care that chairs kept falling on top of him.

A one-handed big deal

A one-handed big deal

Quinten is such a happy guy, unless he’s hungry. He doesn’t have much time for waiting around. And he’s got a tantrum with a side of lungs. That’s especially fun at 3 am. Err, not that we would ever hear that at 3 am. Unless of course you’ve been in our house for the past two months. Then you’d know how awful that sound comes when you’re asleep one minute and listening to that horrible screaming the next. I heard a rumor that month 10 was when sleeping became a thing.

Mama's boy

Mama’s boy

Eh, I suppose I don’t really care if sleeping is his thing or not. When he looks at me like this I forget all the sleepless nights I’ve had. I forget about how he’s into everything. I forget that his mission in life appears to be getting into trouble. I forget that he thinks it’s funny to bite. And most importantly, I forget about all my worries. When this little guy smiles it’s like there’s nothing else in the world. He might be giving me most of my gray hair, but he’s also my sunshine.






The 5th Month of Quinten

Another month has passed and I feel confident talking about Quinten as a baby. I don’t worry so much when Maximus runs over to him. I don’t rush over to him when he cries. He’s more independent and self-sustaining. And he’s still bald. 🙂

We can hardly keep him on his back, unless he’s trying to chew on his toes. Otherwise, he’s constantly rolling to his stomach. Bryan just saw him roll from his stomach to his back, so mobility is just around the corner. I feel like he’s going to get into trouble when he starts rolling around the house. He’s got this sly little smile that melts your heart and stuns you while he tries to attack your face. I predict he uses that to get away with things in the future.


Quinten wants things in his mouth RIGHT NOW. He’s coordinated enough to get things to his mouth, but not enough to keep them in there or move a toy to make it easier. Be careful if your hands are close to his face or if he gets a hold of them with his fingers. He will always try to move them straight into his mouth. Even if he doesn’t know you. He’s sneaky about it, too. Flashing you a gummy grin to distract you. He’s recently started showing favorites to sucking on two fingers instead of his thumb. I didn’t know seeing him suck on his fingers would be more adorable than watching him suck his thumb!

Quinten is so smiley. He smiles with his whole face, including his eyes. Seeing him light up is one of best sources of happiness for me. You can tell who his favorite people are. All we have to do is walk into a room. Maximus doesn’t pay much attention to him, but Quinten doesn’t care. He grins and tries to talk to Maximus even if it’s the back of him. I can already tell that he looks up to Maximus so much. This is the stuff parenting is made of!


He’s getting A LOT better at sleeping! I am so glad I can say that. I’m not jinxing myself or anything because some nights he is up at least a couple of times. I’m in such a weird place with sleep that I can’t remember if he went a week with sleeping through or if it was only a few days. Either way, it’s much better than it was.


Highlights of the month:

  • 18 pounds, 2 ounces
  • Eats every three hours
  • Takes bottles of 4-6 ounces (maybe more at daycare)
  • To bed between 8 and 10 pm, awake around 6 or 7 am
  • Can go to bed awake and put himself to sleep
  • Goes back and forth between sleeping through and waking up once or twice at night
  • Sleeps on his stomach
  • Has started holding on to the edge of his crib mattress when he’s sleeping
  • Favorite activity: trying to suck on my face
  • Wearing some six month clothes but mostly nine months
  • Loves playing in his exersaucer
  • Always wants to sit or stand
  • Always needs a toy to chew on
  • Loves talking to people and when they talk to him