My daughter Lauren is now 14 months old. I wrote this post when she was 10 months old.
Watching her grow, learn, and change everyday is so fascinating, and scary, and freaking exciting all at the same time. It’s all happening so fast, each moment passing and disappearing into the next. I guess I just want to capture as many of these moments in as many ways as I can. I want to hold on to them some how. So I write. I’ve been writing these short letters for a while now–little love notes really, about all the little moments I’m loving right now. This will be the first one I’m sharing with you all. I hope this series inspires you to cherish the moments you have right now; all the moments that make up your life, and stay present.
Lauren wakes everyday with the biggest smile on her face. I listen to her softly babble as she looks around the room. I pretend that she is telling me about her dream and how real it felt. I tell her about a silly dream of my own as she grins and listens. Every now and then I catch a glimpse of her first two little teeth. I can see that she is working on popping out two more at the top as well causing her to chew on everything! Her favorite chew toys seems to be her fingers and unfortunately mama’s boob. These perfect little additions, affectionately named by her father as as “two pegs,” serve as a bittersweet reminder that my baby bear is growing up!
I love how she quickly jumps into play mode, looking for some new thing to explore, a new skill to test out. She moves fast now; I’d proudly say she is an expert crawler.
She scales walls too, all manner of furniture, legs, the dog, whatever she can pull up on. I fondly remember not so long ago when her only way to get around was slowly and hilariously rolling everywhere. She is definitely on the move.
I’m keeping an excited eye out for that first successful unassisted step! Sometimes I see her let go the couch and stand for 5 seconds without realizing it. I’ve seen her pause and lunge hands first from a chair to her dad’s knees while taking a few desperate quick steps before falling into his legs.
I’m loving this sweet time of watching Lauren learn how to walk and move in her world. If her current curiosity and determination is any indication of her temperament in the future I’m confident that she’ll always make her own way in this life.