Happy “out longer than in day”! Yes, it’s true. January 30, 2010 marks the 273rd day that you’ve been out in the world. You were born 272 days after conception. I know, this isn’t really a milestone. Still, you’ll be 9 months old in 2 more days and THAT is pretty significant! You’ve been so sick this month, but it hasn’t stopped you from growing and being your charming self. You are thriving at day care and they love you. You avidly watch the older kids and are so sweet to the little girl that’s a month younger than you. And it melts our hearts when we walk in the door to pick you up, and you smile and crawl over, eager to be held. You’ve learned how to clap and to bang toys together. You aren’t very into being spoon fed mushy food anymore, but you love to feed yourself table food.
I’ve never really told you much about my pregnancy. The time when you were growing inside me was many things. It was magical, and painful, and sometimes a little creepy. Most of the time I felt physically sick or uncomfortable, but there were times that I felt cute, and I always felt proud and lucky.
We spent many of those 272 “inside” days dreaming of what you would be like, of all the things we wanted to show you and tell you. Much of parenting a newborn/ baby is getting by and meeting demands, but your personality is emerging and some of those things that we dreamed about are starting to become reality. When I hold you in my arms each morning, the pale winter dawn filtering through the window, I kiss your soft fuzzy head and sing to you, and it’s just as I envisioned it when I felt your kicking in my tummy.
You have changed our lives more than we ever could have imagined, and our love for you grows stronger with each passing day. Here’s a little photo progression, to show how far you’ve come. From the last belly shot, to newly out in the world, to smiling at us as you contemplate some new form of mischief. And hey, maybe you are a red head after all. Only time will tell on that one, since the pictures exaggerate that quality.
Eemah and Mommy