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Hunter: 10 months

by Heather

My little baby Hunter is turning into such a kid!


This stage he is in now —- the crawling from room to room, chasing the cat around, pulling everything off shelves, leaving a whirlwind mess behind him, standing, stepping, smiling, and making funny faces stage —- is so much fun!  Every month it keeps getting better and better.  His independence is growing at a rapid rate.  He’s gotten so good at just playing by himself.  Even though he’s independent, he is still my little cuddler.  It just has to be on his terms.

His crawling is crazy fast.  He pulls up to stand in a second flat.  Now he’s also balancing and almost to the stage of taking a step.  Beginning on Sunday he started balancing, then moving one foot forward like he is about to step, but then he falls.  I bet this is going to be changing quickly.  Once the steps starts, the running begins!  I can just picture him running around screaming at the top of his lungs with a huge smile on his face.  Chasing after the cat of course.


One thing I haven’t really talked about are how the animals and Hunter along.  We have a dog, Joe, and cat, Stoner.  Joe’s a jealous kind of dog who likes attention, and for a while was not doing too well with Hunter.  Joes worries about Hunter when he cries, but then is annoyed by him at times.  Nothing ever happened between them, but he’d growl at Hunter.  Not okay.  Now he’s doing much better and will let Hunter pet him, pull on his tail and bounce on him.  When he doesn’t like it, he gets up and walks away.

Our cat Stoner, surprisingly does amazing with Hunter.  Hunter pets and pulls his fur, lays on top of him and chases after him.  Stoner will just lay there like nothing is happening, and then once he’s done being played with, he gets up and walks away.  Hunter then goes after him and he just keeps slowly walking away.  Not even like he’s trying to get away from Hunter, just like he’s deciding where he wants to lay down next.  Again, super impressive.


{{ Lindsay – Hunter LOVED your cheesy mexican quinoa 🙂 }}

This month we dropped from 4-5 nursings to 2-3 a day.  The day I decided to try it out, Hunter instantly ate so much more food.  Makes sense, he’s a hungry boy!  He was already a good eater, and cutting the nursings to just 2-3 made him a great eater.

A typical day with his new nursing schedule:

  • When he first wakes in the morning (ranges from 5am-7am) I nurse him.  If he wakes before 6:30am I can typically put him back to bed for another hour or two of sleep.
  • After he’s up for the day, breakfast is usually around 8am.
  • He takes a morning nap, then lunch happens anywhere after that from 11am-noon.
  • If he’s going to nurse again, it’s an hour or so after lunch.  Usually I will if he’s fussy, but if he’s fine I’ll just pump.
  • After his afternoon nap I feed him a snack, typically around 3:30-4pm.
  • Dinner is anywhere from 5:30-6pm, and then a final nursing session at 7pm before we get into our bedtime routine.

The average hours of sleep a night –> 12.5.  I love that.  He’ll be asleep around 7:45-8pm, and then wake for the day between 7:45-8:15am.  Typically.  Sometimes it’s less, but usually not more.  The boy likes his nighttime sleep.  Naps, not so much.  He takes two a day, and they are between 20-45 minutes.  Short and effective I guess!


With the nicer bit of weather we’ve had (yup past tense there as I look out at the rain) I’ve been trying to get us outside more.  He does really well sitting and playing on a blanket in the front yard while I get a bit of weeding in.  Sticks help to entertain the kid.

Swinging with his BFF is a fav still, and just getting to play with Mabel in general.  He crawls all over her now and is definitely more rough than he used to be before he was crawling around.


Hunter still has no teeth, and no real signs of teething lately.  A-okay with me!  I wonder when his fuzzy blonde hair will fill in?

How many hours a night do you sleep?  Has it changed over time?  Like for me, before Hunter I typically slept for 6-7 hours a night and felt great.  Now?  I feel a bit tired on 7 and function better on 8 hours.  9 hours makes for a great day. 🙂


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Carly @ Snack Therapy April 9, 2013 - 7:01 am

I usually get about six hours per night, I’d like to get 6.5, and I function best at 7 hours. I can’t believe how expressive Hunter is! What a cutie!

Fit Mama April 9, 2013 - 3:24 pm

I think it’s funny how we have a number we’re okay on, then a number that makes us functional. Those functional days are always good ones!

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables April 9, 2013 - 11:10 am

Oh goodness he is SUCH a cuite!!! I haven’t been sleeping well lately ,so it’s been like 5 hours a night. But I generally get 6 or 7!

Fit Mama April 9, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Oh bummer Liz. Hope you get more soon!

Jentry Nielsen April 9, 2013 - 2:48 pm

Ahh he is getting so big! what a cutie! Him and Mabel are so cute together! I’m a current nursing student and get lucky if I get 6-7, but I do love weekends for that reason! ha I get about 4-5 other nights, no fun! ha

Fit Mama April 9, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Oh that’s rough! Enjoy those weekends girl. Soak in all the sleep you can.

Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner April 15, 2013 - 7:22 am

Oh my gosh, Hunter has gotten so big! What a cutie. 🙂

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