Can you believe you've already made it halfway through your first year of life? Your poor mother can't. Just a couple of days ago I was looking through all your pictures and you have grown so much in such a short time. I am torn between wanting you to stay little and cheering you on as you achieve each milestone in your life. I suppose this will be something I'll deal with the rest of your life!
This month you were determined to test your limits. After placing you on your belly for a moment you surprised me with this.
Shocked, I watched as you tucked your little knees up under you and began to scoot and rotate.
Since then an out of reach toy has been no match for you. If you are determined, you'll find a way to retrieve it.
We also began feeding you baby food regularly. For the most part you like a variety of food, but WILL NOT eat peas. Frankly, I don't blame you. I make it a point to taste everything you have to eat...I think it's only fair...and those peas were terrible! So far you really love most orange veggies, most fruits and green beans.
Well, most of the time.
You do a lot of silly things that make me laugh like try to eat my nose or my face, giggle when your Dad kisses your neck because his beard tickles, beat me up with your free hand while you're nursing, or rolling yourself up in your floor blanket.
You also got to experience your first Christmas. I think you had a lot of fun. We certainly enjoyed watching you. The magic of Christmas exists in children and it was such a joy to have you with us this year. I'm so excited to share the real meaning of Christmas with you as you get older, and also watch the joy and excitement in your eyes for years to come.
Just before Christmas you started learning to sit up on your own. The new Christmas toys helped you to keep your balance for a while there. You seem to enjoy getting a new view of the world around you and will rarely lay down to play anymore.
This month also had it's difficulties. You got sick for the first time with a cold and it totally threw you for a loop. On top of the cold you were teething- which I didn't know until two little bottom teeth made their debut within a week of each other. You traveled on a plane for the first time, followed immediately by a 5 hour car ride to a place you'd never seen to meet more new people...all while spending a whole week away from Daddy...something you've never done. I know it was hard on you, but I want you to know that it meant everything to me to be there for your Great Grandpa's funeral. I'm sad you never got to meet him. He is one of my heroes and probably one of the strongest, most loving men I've ever known. I will have endless stories to tell you about him as you grow up. I know he's up there watching over us...and I know he loves you. I also know you have a Great Grandma who was very glad to meet you...and even though you were uneasy at her house, I'm glad you let her snuggle you for at least a little bit before we left. I don't get to see her nearly as often as I would like to.
One of your favorite pastimes, I think, is playing with Daddy. I swear you save your biggest smiles and loudest belly laughs for him. I'm glad you think he's so wonderful and love to see the relationship between you two blossom. I know he loves you more than you will ever know. Here's a funny example of the two of you:
I know you'll have many more fun memories with your Dad because, well, he's just awesome like that. I love you very much, sweet pea.