You are 9 months old now which is so hard to believe. I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, but this month was the most fun we've had with you. More than any other month I have seen your little personality shining through. You are developing a sense of humor and love to make us happy.
This month you cut your first tooth. It is so cute! This month you also perfected pulling yourself up on all sorts of things around the house. You love to stand and have even started moving between pieces of furniture. I can tell you are itching to walk! I'm excited to see your first steps, but also know that walking will dramatically change things!
You still aren't sleeping through the night. Every night as I fall asleep I wish a little wish that it'll be the night. I think you will soon, but I'm also not going to hold my breath! You are still nursing and I love the time it allows us to slow down and cuddle. I know I am going to be sad when the day to wean you comes. I don't think either one of us is ready yet.
You love my make up bag right now. I will sit it in front of you while I get ready for the day and I huge smile breaks across your face. You pull one item out at a time with a joy that only discovered hidden treasures could bring. You also love to dig in the dirt and leaves of our ficus tree. You are mesmerized by the washing machine, our space heater and everything in the bathroom. You haven't liked your stroller as much lately, but have enjoyed cuddling in the Ergo. You haven't enjoyed toys very much, either, choosing instead the objects in your environment to explore.
You are such a happy girl. This month someone stopped me in the grocery store and told me what a radiant baby you are and that you are straight from heaven. I couldn't agree more. Finally (it seems) you are laughing so easily. You love when I kiss your neck or when daddy raises you up above his head. When your daddy gets home from work each day you light up like fireworks on the fourth of July. You seriously couldn't be happier.
You bring me so much joy, little chicken. Even after the rough nights when you cry longer than I think either you or I can stand, when I see your smiley face in the morning I feel nothing but gratitude. When you wrap your arms around my neck and hold on so tight, I can't believe I've been so blessed with such a beautiful baby girl. Thank you for making my life so bright and for making us into a family.
With all my love,