Month Eight

Dear Marion,

It’s 5:30 a.m. and you’re up. Daddy has headed to the gym and you’re in bed next to me, doing everything but not sleeping. Scooting around, playing with your toys, trying to type, harassing the dogs, saying “buhbuhbuhbuh” at the top of your lungs, sometimes with a “dadadada” thrown in for good measure. Yesterday we managed to convince you to go back to sleep for an hour, but you were having none of that today. There are just so many new and exciting things going on in your world that you just can not wait for each new day to start. When you wake up, either from night time sleeping or from a nap, you are so focused and so serious on playing and determining that everything is just the way you left it before sleeping. Sometimes I wonder if you’re dreaming of all the new things you can do and when you wake up, you just have to see if they are true or not.

You’ve ignored my requests from last month to slow down and in fact I think you deliberately sped up. New things the month have included pulling yourself up to standing, cruising around while holding on to things, taking steps when we hold your hands, and being able to go from being on your belly to sitting up. You don’t ever slow down now, not even in your sleep. You still aren’t properly crawling, but that doesn’t stop you. Everyone (including the dogs) is surprised by how fast you can move! More than once we’ve seen you chewing on a tail or grabbing fistfuls of hair. The pups are very tolerant though and seem to still enjoy the fact you don’t follow them room to room (yet.)

Oh, and how could I forget your new tooth! Finally, after five months of blaming grumpy behavior on teething – we actually have a tooth! You’re probably the cutest thing every with one little tooth. I keep telling you to learn to ask for a pony right now before Dada can build up resistance to the cuteness and say “no.” We practice saying “pony dada pony” several times a day. 🙂

You’re so much fun, I just can’t believe it. I’m starting to have a few pangs of missing how little you were, but I really don’t miss that tiny baby stage. You’re just too much fun now. I’m so enjoying being your mom; we still have struggles, but they’re all pretty much just related to sleep now. And the fun times way, way, way outnumber the bad times. You’re such a joy to me, I simply cannot imagine life without you. You’re my sunshine (sometimes my clouds too!), my smile, my heart, my love, my baby girl.


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