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One more month as a baby

Dear Daughter,

I can not believe that in less than a month you will be one. I can’t believe it. I really can’t. In fact, yesterday I was looking to sign us up for a class and it asked for your age group and naturally I chose the “0-6 months” group. I can’t believe you are 11 months old. Did I mention I can’t believe it?

Boots from Ebay; Owl hat from Mary Sue

You are becoming my new best friend. I know it may seem weird because you are so small, but you’re my little buddy. I love bringing you around with me, and showing you off. And I love finding activities we can do together.

What we do the most is take pictures. After I get home from work and feed you, it’s like you know it’s time to go outside and take pictures. You’re not as content inside. You are the best little model and I love showing off the outfits I get for you to family and friends on facebook. In no time you may be picked up by Baby Gap. Who knows.

Dress from Lollipop Moon; bow from London Blue Designs

As far as firsts and developments go, you are starting to speak more. You’re like me in that you love to yap away. You can say “dog” which is more like “doh” but sometimes you say “doggie.” You also say “Ka ka” when you see a “kitty cat.” You are picking up more sign language now so I’m trying to teach you things like “berry” “more” “light” and other things, but mostly you say “milk.” If I ever say the word you start signing it. I think it’s your favorite word.

You aren’t walking yet but you walk along furniture, and you’re getting brave and letting go sometimes to test your balance. I’ve been selfish in not wanting you to walk because I want you to stay my little baby, but at least pictures will be even more fun once you start walking… Unless you start running away from me, which you probably will. You laugh and laugh when you stand up for a few seconds. You know you’re growing up and achieving new things.

Tutu from La Bella Creations; Leg warmers from Happy Crawlers; Bow from Chloe and Maude

You have four teeth and more coming in. You love water. I mean LOVE water. We went swimming for the first time this month several times and you never want to get out of the pool. Fittingly, we’re having a pool party for your first birthday in a few weeks. I know you’ll be so happy to be in the water.

Another thing you love are books. You bring them to me when you want me to read to you, and you’ll sit content while I read aloud. Book are definitely still your favorite toy. I’m glad and I hope you keep this hobby and enjoy reading as you grow up.

You love to eat but you are beginning to show interest in certain things. I feel like a horrible mother for letting you consume things like goldfish and pizza crust, but it happens. You love chicken, ham, and your favorite food is berries. I let you try eggs for the first time yesterday and you got sick. I was so sad. You threw up all over me a bunch. But you weren’t upset at all, which was good.

Glasses from Clairs; Bow and tutu from London Blue Designs
One thing you’re starting to show is a crazy mood swing. I think you get it from your daddy. You will make this crazy growling noise (you’ve always made one but this is a deeper noise) you sound like you’re trying to poop and you arch your back. Your daddy and I were so worried thinking you were sick. I handed you a berry to see if you’d stop and sure enough you did. So it’s confirmed. You are pretty much a drama queen. You must get it from your dad. It makes me a little scared to find out what’s ahead.

It’s fun watching you grow and see you try new things and develop a personality. I like seeing me and your daddy in the things you do, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Eleven months down. I wish we could wrap this up and start all over because these have been the best, and most exciting 11 months of my life. I had no idea having a child could be this fun. People make it sound so scary and hard. While it can be exhausting at times, it’s better than I ever could have imagined it being. Now as I sit and watch you I wonder when I can start over and you can have a younger sibling to play with, but I also don’t want to rush, and just enjoy this one on one time we get. I stress about the spacing of you and your sibling(s) but keep reminding myself not to worry about it. At least I have you, and everything is going to work out. We are lucky to have each other. And no matter how big you get, in the words of Mariah Carey, you will always be my baby.

I love you,

Mommy


Lizzy B. says:

I let my son have eggs around the same age and he, too, threw up. A lot.

Sadly, I didn’t make the connection until the third time I gave them to him. When the light finally clicked on, I felt like the world’s worst mother.

You’re little girl is absolutely precious. 🙂 Happy almost birthday!

Jessica says:

i feel the same way and my girl’s only 4 months…i can’t imagine what i’ll do at 1 year! she gets more beautiful with every picture you post by the way, and it’s so funny to see that my daughter makes some of the same silly faces lol. so cute!

LambAround says:

I can’t believe Baby Gap hasn’t already scooped her up! Those photos are all so precious 🙂

Awe!, You are such a sweet Mama, I can feel the love you have for her in this post! You seem like such a wonderful person and your beautiful little girl is sure to follow in your footsteps!

I have a 5 yr old that will be turning 6 in a few months and even sooner than that my 2 year old will be 3 and my youngest is almost 4 months. I’d love to say that it gets easier as they get older, So many people make it seem like it does, but for me it doesn’t.

Every year that goes by I think more and more about when each of them were babies and how I wish I could relive those special moments of all their “firsts”.

But watching them turn into their own person, with their own views and their own perspective makes it all worth while… Seeing how they handle situations and work out solutions all on their own makes my heart feel so full! I am so proud of the people that my boys are already turning into and I couldn’t possibly love them an ounce more! <3

Happy Birthday in a few weeks beautiful Baby Girl!

emily says:

This post makes me so excited to be a mom someday. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing. I absolutely adore the last photo in this post.

Keonte' S says:

She’s a pro at this picture-posing business. Just adorable. How could you not want to play dress-up? What a great mommy you are!!

melifaif says:

My heart melts when I read these sweet posts to your daughter. As always she is precious…and the hand clapping one is my fav. THIS time. Ha….

Dianne says:

A friend of mine taught her 1 year old the sign for poop and potty. Now when baby signs either, she actually goes on the potty and does her business…Kids are AMAZING!

Sweet post! They grow so fast, where does the time go.

CurlyKye says:

Awwwww we’ve all “watched” her grow from a strong desire to a beautiful, cuddly 11 month old right before our eyes here on the blog. Bless her heart!

Tiff says:

I totally agree with you about motherhood being much more fun than I thought it would be. There are less desirable moments but the good ones definitely out weigh the bad ones. I’m enjoying it even more that I’m not sleep deprived 🙂

MrsDjRass says:

Your letter to lil’ J was so beautiful. I’ve had trouble conceiving and was beginning to drive myself nuts about trying again.

Your note to her calmed me down and made me remember why it’s worth it to keep trying.

My husband’s mom wrote a journal to him and gave it to him for his 21st bday. He still considers it her best gift to him. I’m sure lil’ J will feel the same about your letters.

Thank You!

Mrs. K says:

She’s too adorable.

YUMMommy says:

Just think that in one month J won’t be a baby anymore. She’ll officially be a toddler!!

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