Time is going way too fast. You are 9 months old now, and I look at the small bin we use to hold your dirty bottles and think “this is what they washed you in when you were born. You were that small. We washed you in that.” Now it can hardly hold all of the bottles.
You change so quickly, I don’t want to miss writing down the things that I love so much that so quickly disappear and are replaced by another think I love just as much.
You are too big now to play “what is Gwen doing” with your dad and our friends. I am so very glad how many times I harassed your father to play it again and again with every new person you met. So many DJ impersonations, piano playings, roller coaster riding, typing on an old fashioned typewriter, calling order to the court – and always, always pointing to the person who guessed correctly and taking a bow at the very end.
And applause. You love to applaud. In month 8, you learned how to clap. Dave and I got a video sent by Cecelia the day you learned, and you were SO delighted to be clapping to the music! It’s one of your favorite things. You do it when you are happy. When you are sad (Sad clapping. So entertaining to your mother.). When we perform for you! When you wake up in the morning. Nothing has yet surpassed the joy of waking up to our tiny alarm system: a smiling clapping baby.
You are talking all the time. Da-da is a favorite. Once when we were Christmas shopping, I pushed you in the stroller all around the book store as you called “da-da” over and over again. “Dog” we are qualifying as another of your first words. You have been known to, recently, look at the dog and say “daw”. Sometimes though, when your dad asks “Where’s dog?” You look at me. I don’t take offense. It’s cool. I’m one of those things you love, and “da-da” and “daw” are just words you are using right now to indicate those things you love.
You are just so wonderfully wonderful, and just keep getting more wonderful, and I’m amazed that it can be possible. You smile, you sleep, you eat everything (kale! It’s your new favorite!), you snuggle, you laugh, you are the best thing in the world. Thank you.