My dearest girl,
You are 10 months old this month – and I feel I can hardly get started in gathering my thoughts on how amazing this past month has been with you…
I feel like I am getting the chance to get to know my Bean better than ever before. So much of your personality – your little quirks…your sense of adventure – has been revealed over the past weeks. It’s like things you were only hinting at before are coming out in fully glory…
You are SO much fun baby girl! You smile and laugh upon waking. You greet everyone you meet with a huge grin. Just about anything can make those giggles bubble up out of you…you make me laugh more than I have in years!
I look at you and I see someone who seems destined to bring joy to everyone she meets. I pray pray pray that joy will always follow you…
You have been bound and determined this month to start doing things yourself.
You want to feed yourself, move yourself, hold the bottle, hold the cup, stand on your own, crawl away…I can SEE your mind working when you watch me speak or look at another child walking...’It’s only a matter of time’ is a phrase that comes to mind constantly when I see you making your mind up to do something.
Your energy is even more abundant than ever…I believe I am in trouble the day you start walking!
You can spend 10 minutes crawling back and forth, then stand for awhile, then chase the dog or cat, then have yourself a blast splashing in the pets’ water bowl. You play hard little girl!
You still don’t sleep hard (though naps are great rest and rejuvenation for you) and I can understand with so much going on in your little body and brain that it’s got to be difficult to lie still without waking. Also, who wants to eat much during the day when so much is going on?
I worry sometimes that you’re always going to be eating more at night because it’s the only time nothing else is going on…but then I remind myself how new this all is for you…and truly I can’t blame you.
I must tell you daughter – I adore you. I see your shining, happy smile and I want to hold you in my arms forever…but you are already ready to squirm down and do your own thing. I can only hope you’ll always be ready to come back to me for a good long while yet…though it goes so insanely quickly.
So while I have you here still small enough to hold, I’ll be grateful for your kisses and the cuddles you give freely…for laying next to you on the bed and laughing together…for seeing you rock yourself back and forth as you listen to my songs…for the fun, smart, beautiful little person you are.
I love you more than I can say my dear…may you always know how much you are loved.
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