My dearest Alexandra,
I decided to write you a letter every 3 months, and I’m stunned that’s it’s already time for another one. You, baby girl, are an active, hilarious, healthy, and joy-filled 9 month old today, and I can’t believe it! Seriously. Weren’t you just born? Weren’t you just in my belly? How is it that you’re now crawling faster than the speed of light, and eating everything in sight with your 6 teeth?!
You’re pulling yourself up and cruising along anything you can put your hands on. It may be the couch, your toys, or even mommy and daddy’s legs, but you’ve certainly made it clear that you’re on the move! Wow, in 3 months you’ll be a year, and as much as I don’t want to think about that yet, I can’t help it. My little princess is growing fast, and there’s no slowing you down…
Well, the last few months have had some serious highlights. You squeal with delight everytime your dad and I embrace, and it’s the sweetest thing. While the experts say it’s too early to tell, the way you favor your left hand gives me hope that you’ll be like your Grandpa John and I. For the record, lefties rule! 😉 You seem to spend the majority of your time in your booster seat, eating, eating, and eating some more.
You like some interesting combinations like cottage cheese and applesauce (that’s your dad), and you get gruuumpy when we don’t feed you fast enough (ok, that’s all me hee,hee,hee). You even hum to let us know you’re enjoying the feast! We’re enjoying communicating with you using baby sign language, and your responsiveness and awareness fascinates me. You’re brilliant in my eyes, and I’m getting used to the sound of “mama, mama” and “dada, dada” coming from your tiny mouth.
You took your first plane ride a few weeks ago, and just as I suspected, you’re a natural when it comes to traveling.
Nothing seems to phase you as long as mommy’s in your sights (separation anxiety is REAL, lol), and your favorite toy is still anything that makes a crinkly-sounding noise. You’re finally big enough for me to carry on my hip, and you love to bounce, dance and swing in my arms. Your laugh is hysterical, and I don’t even mind when you crack up as you squeeze and pinch my stomach. I know you’re only trying to keep me motivitated, and what a sweetheart you are for doing just that! 🙂 But that’s not all I think about as you lay across my tummy, and have your fun . I think about the fact that my womb was once your home, and how much has changed since then.
Sometimes I simply sit back and wonder how you do it. You captivate my attention and it’s hard for my mind to go back to that time before you were in my life. I was happy, and felt whole, but never could I have imagined how greatly you would change me. You’re my darling, my sweetie, my honeybun, and I pray that every day I can show you the immense love I have for you in my heart.
Sweet dreams, and mommy loves you…always!