I cannot believe it you have been in my life only 10 months, I can barely remember life without you, or why I ever thought it was really important. This month you have really grown not just physically but also cognitively. Your agility and fine motor coordination have really developed – you can grab a single cheerio with one hand and bite it right in half with your front teeth. You have learned to climb stairs, albeit not very well, you like to climb up a stair and sit back and rest – fortunately we have good gates.
You have also learned how to play hide and seek – you hide behind your toy chest and come crawling when I call for you – big smile on your face like you have fooled us all. You have discovered that there is water in the most unexpected of places – like the toilet and now you can’t wait until I flush it. You have discovered that your Dad and I will yell “Goal!” every time you raise you hands, and sometimes you will spend an entire evening raising your arms up and down.
We have had some good adventures this month, we spent a day at Longwood gardens looking at flowers, but mostly we spent our day looking at the various fountains around the property… We spent a day at the Emlwood park zoo and your favorite thing, by far, was the infant swing in the playground – we rode that many times, before we had to go. We spent a day at your Aunt Briggy’s pool which was also right next to a playground with an infant swing- it was a great day for you… We went to a BBQ at your 3rd cousins (1st cousin 3 times removed?). We have had lots of adventures together and I am always relieved and proud that you are such an easy going baby – loud noises, chaos, sharp pointy grass nothing really upsets you – you take it all in stride and seem to soak up these experiences like you are tucking them away for review later.
People are always stopping us when we are out to say how beautiful you are and you are such a ham when that happens. And when it doesn’t, when we are standing in line and the woman next to us doesn’t smile at you and tell you you are pretty you get awfully disappointed and try and work it until she notices you.
Within the last couple of weeks you have made great strides in your endeavor to learn how to walk – you can get all the way around the kitchen just by touching the cabinets as you go. You have started trying to stand in the middle of the room – you are strong enough to pull yourself up without holding on to anything you only lack the balance to be successful – if I support you just slightly you can stand on your own without a problem.
Last night you discovered that if you pull the cord out of the baby monitor in your room that either your Dad or I will be there within minutes – you did this twice yesterday, I think (hopefully) you also learned that just because we come to fix the monitor doesn’t mean you don’t have to go to sleep anyway.
When you are sleeping is when I know for sure that you are definitely my child – you sleep just like I do in contorted positions always with your hands over your head – I wish I could get more pictures of you in your crib. Once I found you with both your feet up in the air stuck between the slats of your crib and your arms both straight up over your head, you barely stirred when I freed your feet so you wouldn’t hurt yourself.
It’s not going to be long before you start to talk – you are already babbling a mile a minute and – you continue to say “Mama mama mama” and “Dada dada dada” over and over and over when you need attention – but you use them interchangeably and it’s not all you say… You like to screech and not because you are upset but just because I think it sounds fun to you when it comes out of your mouth – I don’t think this bodes well for the future.
You love books, especially books that allow you to touch and feel, or anything that pops up – we have to be careful that you don’t destroy them all but when left alone you will flip through them many times before moving on to something else.
Your favorite things right now are your ‘piano’, taking all the magnets off of the refrigerator, watching the toilet flush and being swung upside down by your Dad.
Clearly we need more pictures of the two of us.
I Love you so much.