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As you’ve now been with us for 10 months, I wonder what there is for me to say. Your life has been a whirlwind of activity, from your very first days to every day since. Between your brother, regular family stuff, and extended family stuff you’ve been and do so much already. And yet, I see what we haven’t done. Maybe it’s the curse of motherhood to make these comparisons and wonder if I’m doing my job well or not.
I sometimes wonder about my connection to you and whether it’s strong enough or if I’ve somehow faltered as I continue trying to learn how to parent both you and your brother. Which brings me to the awareness that you are one strong and determined little boy! You’re also opinionated. In fact, you’ve always been rather opinionated. Now that you’re increasingly mobile, you seem more and more opinionated about things.
You definitely make it clear what you want or don’t want to do. If Papa and your brother are outside, you want to be there, too. If your brother and I are cleaning up the house, I hear your footsteps following and see that bright smile once you’ve found us. When anyone is eating, you certainly want to eat as well. When it seems someone is going somewhere, you’d like to go, too.
Which reminds me, what is happening with your teeth? I know it’s perfectly normal to not have many teeth at this point, but my only prior experience is with your brother, who grew his rather quickly. You, on the other hand, seem to be more than happy not sprouting many teeth. In fact, it seems to me that your two budding front teeth are still just that – buds. Honestly, it’s not a big deal, but I do wonder.
On the other hand though, I don’t wonder about your development. You took your first steps a few weeks before the day marking your 10th month with us. Those steps were as beautiful as they were tenuous. And every day since, you’ve practiced your walking. Much like when you first began to crawl. So far though, your preferred method is still to find something with which to pull yourself up and then take increasingly steady steps all around the house. You stand and walk longer and better than you did just a week ago and already we’ve found you trying to escape out the front and patio doors.
Oh, and that determination I mentioned before. You’re especially determined to keep things in your mouth that don’t belong. Although I find it comical, I don’t really like prying your mouth open to retrieve things. I try so hard to make sure there aren’t little tiny things that you could accidentally swallow or choke on, yet you continue to find something. I know you’ve heard me one too many times scold you brother about the play-doh, coins, and rocks. At the same time, you really want to play with him and no amount of moving things works.
Fall is approaching, and with that your first birthday. Already, I’m thinking of ideas in which to celebrate yet another important milestone. I think that no matter what, you’ll be happiest so long as there are people to play with. It excites me to think that you have spent your entire life in this house with us. This fact alone is something that overwhelms me at times, as I know that some of the ways you develop and learn in this space are so different than what your brother had. Yet, somehow you’re navigating everything quite well. Sometimes too well, if you ask me.
The delight I have when I see you and your brother playing and sharing your love with one another, warms me in ways I never truly thought imaginable. Your interest in all things life and living keeps me in awe. And your smile. That big, beautiful, and infectious smile of yours. I love to see you learn to problem solve even at this young age and how you’ll work with something just until you seem to have it the way you want. The enjoyment you get from blowing or ‘talking’ into things makes me wonder if you’ll have a life filled with music making.
Not the screeching though! What is it with the screeching? I imagine you simply want me to hear and notice you. Sweet boy, trust me you will always have a voice, be heard, and noticed in this family, even without the screeching. Though I do want to thank you for not being much of a biter. I really appreciate you’ve only bitten me a few times while nursing. Usually you were letting me know you were ready to play again. I enjoy watching your budding independence, as even now I’ve had to find where you were playing because things were too quiet.
I’m really excited for Fall and your upcoming first birthday. I have plans to introduce you to a few things as we establish more and more traditions as a family. In the meantime, keep smiling and laughing, playing and learning, growing and changing. I’ve realized that as a mother, I’ll never fully catch up, but I’ll never really be behind when it comes to raising you (or your brother).
I love you so much, special, wonderful boy, you.
And for those of you who haven’t reached or are about to reach this stage, here are a few things that I’ve found helpful and a few things I’m using now.