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Baby Grant: 10 & 11-Month Update

Oh boy, how time flies!!

November came and went in 2 seconds, I swear!

…And I missed to post 10-month update. Oops.

But I’ll make it up to you with lots of pictures of our little boy! He’s truly less of a baby and more toddler nowadays, who loves to drive scooters with daddy…

It was ridiculously warm November here in North Dakota. We tried to enjoy it to fullest, going on walks, being out and about on the ranch, playing on playground, and soaking up all the sun!

And now we’re trapped inside all day every day, because is super cold out. We’re talking piles of snow everywhere and below zero temps! Brrr…

He was NOT impressed by snow at all. His first reaction was like meh… 🙂

In November, we had some rough times… We went through separation anxiety, teething (4 upper teeth cut through all at the same time), and because of that he was fighting naps and extra clingy. BUT it’s all behind us now. It lasted only for a week or so, and now he’s back to his normal schedule and happy self.

Highlights:
  • Grant’s cruising around all over… around furniture or with his walker and super fast at it too. I have a feeling he’ll be walking pretty soon.
  • Daddy taught him how to crawl down the couch! We don’t leave him on the couch unsupervised though. But we’re confident that he can safely get down from the couch all by himself. It’s unbelievable how smart he is. He understands everything!
  • Speaking of which… Did I ever tell you that we’re raising him bilingual? Or maybe even trilingual?? I speak to him exclusively in Mongolian, and Garrat speaks only in English. It’s called “one parent, one language” method. And of course, we speak english when we’re all together. Sometimes, I speak to him in Russian and sing him Russian songs… So, the other day I asked Grant if he’s hungry and wants to eat (in Mongolian), and in response he moved his mouth, pretending he’s chewing!! Oh my gosh, the cutest thing ever!! Oh and he loves to play peekaboo any chance he gets. So fun!
  • He doesn’t like chunky food, but absolutely loves steak. Hmm, wonder why? 😉 Eggs, oranges, banana, apples, M&Ms, fruit purees are among the things he loves! Do you see a trend here? Not a huge fan of veggies, and all of a sudden, he doesn’t like sweet potato too. At least, he likes beef, chicken, and any type of protein.
And now cuteness overload…

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11 comments

  1. I live that you are raising him bilingual (or multilingual). Both my husband and I are anglophone, though I can have a half-decent conversation in French, but being Canadian, that’s pretty normal. But because neither of us were from a strongly french-speaking background, as soon as the children were ready for school (Junior Kindergarten starts here in Intario when they are 4, or even 3 depending on when rheir birthday is), we enrolled them in a French Immersion school and by the time they finish JK, the teacher communicates in over 80% french. Now that they’re now in Grade 3 and 4, their french is really good. Their french immersion will continue until they graduate high school (we have a French imersion high school just minutes from us) and recieve a certificate for bilingualism. It opens so many more doors for them in the future when they can speak a couple languages. Those who are bilingual or multilingual often edge out competition with jobs and more importantly for us, a child who is learning or learns another language opens up a part of the brain that makes learning all sorts of other things easier for them. The same can be said for children who learn how to read music, which is just as much another language as French, Mongolian, etc. It wires their brains in such a way that they can absorb more, easier. That’s also why our children have also been taking piano lessons for almost as long as they’ve been in school. Music helps the ability to learn a new language and a new language enhances their ability to learn music, and both increase their learning of all things. I think you’re doing abgreat thing. Children at Grant’s age are like sponges, ready to absorb all they are surrounded by and by being surrounded by these 2 or 3 languages, he will pick it up naturally, no transition to learningnit later at all. It will be as normal to him as trying new foods. Seamless. Great stuff. He will benefit fromnit immensely, not to mention be able to directly communicate with his grandparents and extended family  in Mongolia in their native tongue, which will be so special for them I’m sure. 🙂

    • Ugh, so sorry about the spelling errors. I really dislike the electronic keyboard of an iPhone but I had to give up my Blackberry because I have an illness that is very similar to Lupus (easiest way to describe my rare genetic disorder) and my thumbs couldn’t handle the pressure needed to press a button on the actual keypad on a Blackberry. It’s so embarrassing to re-read a post of mine but I blame it on my fat thumbs, my iPhone and my joint issues (or I’d rather blame them…lol). 😉

    • Yeah, raising my baby bilingual has soooo many advantages and it’s a priority for me. He understands Mongolian so well right now. And no worries about the typos, typing on a phone is always a challenge for me too.

  2. He looks so adorable! What a beautiful family! Love your blog so much 🙂

  3. Just Perfect !
    Merry Christmas to you all 🙂

  4. You guys are such a cute family! Lovely pictures! Merry Christmas! 

  5. What a beautiful family! Grant is just too cute for words. I wish you all the very best for the Holiday Season and many blessings in 2017. Thank you always for sharing your family stories and wonderful recipes.

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