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Roark’s 10 months baby update

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Here we go again friends. This is Roark’s 10 months baby update! If you missed the last one, you can read it here.

This month seriously flew by and there weren’t that many changes in Roark’s development other than now he does everything he did last month, except faster and better, which means he is getting sneakier!

He is also getting creative on entertainment. This month he used a laundry basket as a walker and a giant rolled up cutting mat as his tunnel. This kid may be taking up after his father- the engineer. Or maybe he is taking after me with problem solving and creativity.

Recently, he has been teething and developed a sinus infection and needed to take antibiotics for 10 days. His pediatrician was surprised that it took him this long to actually need antibiotics. Apparently babies get all sorts of infection before 10 months of age. I can see how that happens, since they put everything in their mouths and slobber everywhere!

10 Months Baby Update

Baby R’s Stats

At Birth:  6lbs 12oz, 19.5 inches tall, size newborn clothes and diapers.

2 weeks old: 7 lbs 3oz and measured 20.25 inches tall, size 0-3 months clothes and size 1 diapers.

2 months old: 11 lbs 11oz and measured 22.75 Inches tall, size 3-6 months clothes and size 2 diapers.

4 months old: 15 lbs 6 oz and measured 25.5 inches tall, size 9 months clothes and size 3 diapers.

5 months old: 16 lbs 14 oz and measured 25.75 inches tall, size 9 months clothes and size 3 diapers.

6 months old: 17 lbs 10 oz, 27.5 inches tall, size 12 months clothes and size 3 diapers during the day and 4 at night.

7 months old: 18 lbs 8 oz, 27.5 inches tall, size 12 months clothes and size 4 diapers.

8 months old: 19 lbs 8 oz, 27.5 inches tall. size 18 months clothes and size 4 diapers.

9 months old: 20 lbs 2 oz, 29.25 inches tall, size 18-24 months clothes and size 4 cruiser diapers.

10 months old: 20 lbs 8 oz, 29.5 inches tall, size 18-24 months clothes and size 4 cruiser diapers.


No changes here.


No changes here.


With the teething and infection, we have been dealing with a major sleep regression. He won’t nap or if he does, not for more than 30 mins then he gets choked out with mucus and wakes up. At night he has a hard time staying sleep as well.

Developmental – 10 months baby update

  • Said “car” for the first time during our trip.
  • Can crawl into tight spaces.
  • Loves to spend time with his little squirrel friend every day.
  • Plays peek a boo with strangers.
  • Talks a bunch and claps with us.
  • Developing stranger anxiety again with men.

Post-partum update

Not much on this front. Still in therapy. Read more about it here.

Some Thoughts on Nature vs. Nurture

Ever since I took a road trip with my father a couple years ago, I have been pondering this question a lot : Is a person a result of her/his upbringing or hers/his genes? I’d like to think it’s the former and not the latter for obvious reasons such as that a person has the power to change their future no matter what pre-dispositions he or she inherits from their parents.

However, that road trip with my father taught me that Nature has a really big influence on a person even if that person does not learn a behavior from their parent. I say this because there were things I learned about my father personality that I never knew before, things that I also recognize in my own personality. Since my parents were divorced when I was 4 and we lived in different cities, I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with my dad so where would I have learned such things?

Those questions were rolling around my head while I was pregnant. Will our son be like one of us? Will he inherit the good things in our personalities? What about the flaws? We have many. Some of which would drive me crazy as a mother. I thought: surely not. We will teach him better.

Over the last 10 months I have watched our son develop and have tried to let it happen naturally – which is super hard because I am as type A as anyone can be, but I really wanted to see how he would deal with situations. What I am finding is that Nature really has a strong hold into his behavior. Example: my husband is obsessed with weather (don’t ask) and watches Jeopardy every night religiously (did I mention I married a nerd?). Lo and behold, my son could care less what I have on TV all day, but once the weather or Jeopardy comes on, he will turn towards the TV and won’t blink until it is over.

Not convinced? The other night my husband and son were sleeping on the bed while I did work on my computer. I go into the bedroom and they are sleeping in exactly the same position down to the arms and legs crossing. My husband has actually taken a picture of my son and I sleeping as well and we also sleep in the same position. Now that is just weird, isn’t it?

So lately I have become a big believer that Nature may actually trump Nurture. Not to say that Nurture doesn’t have an impact, I am sure it does, but fundamentally, I think our DNA is more than a sequence that defines our physical appearance. I have started believing that it also defines a lot of personality.

Have you noticed things like that in your children as well? What about from your parents?

To watch the 10 months baby update video, click here!




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