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10 Months: A Snapshot

May 19, 2015

I am currently chronicling our little guy’s life through (in part) a series of letters that I’m sharing on this blog. It’s important to me to document his little adventures, his growth, the changes I notice in him, and our memories of him.

 

This one is a bit late in the month, but late is much better than never. My overall goal for this project is presence, not perfection.

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DEAR MILES.

10 MONTHS! In one sense, this first precious year is flying and in another sense, ever single day and week are so much more full than any other time I’ve ever experienced.

Here are a few things I want to remember about you at this age:

I want to remember how enthusiastic you are about life. You love sitting outside; you love playing with Mommy and Daddy on the floor. You love exploring new objects (especially ones that aren’t designated toys!). You clap wildly at the end of every song, at the last page of every book, at the conclusion of every new trick.

I want to remember how this month you suddenly decided to crawl. After tormenting us for weeks with “almosts”, one morning after church you got up and took off across the floor.

I want to remember how easy-going you are. I feel like parenting you at this stage is somehow a little unfair. You nap and go to bed on time with almost no irregularity; you happily let us tote you all over on adventures; I can solve almost any problem by simply dropping whatever I’m doing and holding you or playing a game.

I want to remember how sometimes you exert your tiny will.

I want to remember how your little blue eyes look every day more like your Daddy’s.

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I want to remember the things you are doing and loving and learning too. I want to remember that you are

loving SAND and water. We are enjoying a long vacation with Mimi and Grandpa and you love the feel of the fine powdery sand in your fists. I just wish I could teach you to keep it out of your eyes! You love swimming in the pool with your baby tube and dipping your feet in the ocean.

trying to stand. Now that you are crawling, you spend so much time in “Downward Dog”. Standing up isn’t far away!

banging everything that will be open and closed. Cabinet doors, bedroom doors, wooden spoons – everything is a noisemaker.

learning to feed yourself water from a sippy.

discovering balloons. You met your first balloon at a little friend’s birthday party and have been in love with them every since.

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reading books over and over and over.  Goodnight MoonThe Going to Bed Book, Guess How Much I Love You, and your Monkey Alphabet book are some of your favorites.

brushing your baby teeth and hair- sometimes you like it and some days you don’t, but you expect it during your routine now.

hating getting dressed. You love bath time and love to get dirty, but clean clothes send you into a tizzy.

Can’t wait for the next month of adventures, my sweet boy!