Can we really be on the verge of beginning plans for your 1st birthday? Where did my little baby go? It seems like only yesterday that we were taking you home from the hospital and now we’re about to enter you first Fall season! (Mommy’s favorite) The holidays are just around the corner and I hope you embrace and love them as much as your daddy and I do.
Mommy & Daddy (This month, you’ve learned a lot about the word “attachment.” When I put you down, you almost immediately reach back around for my legs, squeezing tightly. You also have cried a few times when other people have held you, looking around for daddy or I).
Still blankie and again, no particularity. You do love them when they are super soft though!
Pacifier…many of them (You have even taken some from your friends and claimed them as your own!)
Your ABC mat – you love rolling around on it and ripping apart the little letters
Playing catch with daddy
Dogs (and animals for that matter)
Getting into any and everything
Baths and Water in general!
*French toast (yup! Daddy’s at Cracker Barrel)
*Chicken (not a fan favorite at this point)
*First time being babysat by Uncle Jason and Auntie Jessica
*First vacation and first time out of the state!
*First time at a beach
*First boat ride
*First horse-drawn ride
*First time on a farm & petting animals at the petting zoo
*First time talking to Santa
*BIG BOY CARSEAT (You had outgrown your carrier one long before…)
*New car! (not yours yet…)
*Bumpers in your crib removed!
*First Labor Day
*First time at the Morton Arboretum
*Size 3 diapers and well into the swing of Cloth Diapers (LOVING them! and your cute badonadonk butt!)
*Outfits vary, but you are already in some size 12m hand-me-downs
*The three biggest firsts this month have come in the form of your mobility. All throughout vacation, we attempted to get you to crawl, but you would have none of it. You consistently sat up well on your own. Almost immediately after vacation, you started being able to get yourself to a sitting position from laying down flat somewhere (we discovered this crib while you were in your crib and we came in to a crying, sitting, Charlie. Then, you have discovered that in some situations, you can pull yourself to standing position – unfortunately, your lightweight piano does not take this well. Finally, you made slight movements towards crawling the past week (of which Daddy’s convinced count), HOWEVER, mommy has determined that you OFFICIALLY crawled one day before your eight month birthday for a longer distance. In less than 24 hours, you’ve become an almost expert getting into any and everything you can get your hands on – including shaking a tupperware container full of tiny pieces, spraying them everywhere and then laughing about it…oh boy are we in for it now!
You MUST be in control and be moving constantly. Because you are so mobile now, you have little use for your swing or exersaucer as your life revolves around getting yourself around the house. You don’t really care to feed yourself, but you still love the fact that you get food on demand! You do not really like nap time, but you eventually fall asleep. You also enjoy risk-taking as you attempt to roll off of your changing table daily.
You’ll remember that in my previous post I alluded to another first for Charlie, but it remained undercover at the time. Since then, the news has gotten around, so now it is officially safe to say – Charlie will be getting his FIRST cousin on Daddy’s side! Aunt Jessica and Uncle Jason are expecting their first baby due on April 8th, 2010 and we couldn’t be more excited! Charlie’s boy cousin from Aunt Mimi and Uncle David is due in less than a month!
You never cease to amaze me with all of the amazing things you learn and can pick up. Your smile is infectious and your belly laughter during football tackles makes life worth living. You are a constant reminder of God’s grace and blessing on us and I wouldn’t have it any other way. You have been nothing short of an angelic firstborn to this point (although with your mobility, I see that changing soon). You are the light of our lives.
Love you, always and forever,
“Dang! Mommy got smart about the sign!”