Saturday, October 26, 2013

seven months//dear maddox

Dear Maddox,

Today you are seven whole months! I feel like we just celebrated the six month mark, did we not? I remember putting you to sleep on your sixth month birthday and thinking to myself, "Remember this moment. Tomorrow he will be a day over six months and another day closer to another month older." And then, BAM! Here we are at seven months.

This age has been my favorite so far. You, little love, are so much fun. I absolutely adore getting to spend all of my time with you. Your little personality has really blossomed over the past month and I cannot wait to see it develop more and more.

You've caught on very fast that you are the center of our worlds. We cannot do anything unless you are right there in the middle of it. We cook dinner with you in your high chair in the middle of the kitchen. And if we take too long to make eye contact with you or feed you or look at you, you are quick to remind us that you are still there. You scream and yell and holler at us and child, you are so loud. We yell and scream and holler right back at you and you giggle and fall into a fit of hysterical laughter because you think that we are just the funniest humans on this planet. And that makes my heart so full.

You started grabbing our faces this month. You grab my cheeks or your daddy's beard and stare intently into our eyes. On one occasion I was picking a booger out of your nose (your least favorite thing) and you reached up and stuck your finger in my nose. You are a genius I'm sure of it.

Your daddy and I think you're just on the verge of crawling. I've seen you do it in your crib but you refuse to make any sort of effort on the ground. You've even started sleeping on your tummy with your cute little bum up in the air. When you're awake you can rock back onto your knees from your tummy and you've finally figured out how to lift your head up (rather than using it to prop your body up). This stage where you roll back to front to back to front to get your toy that's just out of your reach is about over. I know I'll set you on the carpet and go back to the couch and you'll be following me on your little hands and feet in no time at all. And that will be just the beginning.

You really are the sweetest baby. You have such a happy personality and you are constantly smiling. Sometimes I see babies who are just there and who don't make a ton of noise or engage. You're always engaged, always talking, always interested. You figure things out in no time at all. Like, if you're sitting on my lap while I'm eating, you open your mouth when I do hoping for a bite of food. You can feed yourself Puff baby snacks (even though most of them end up on your chin or in your high chair or smashed into your bib). When I'm feeding you, you open your mouth big and wide to tell me to give you another bite already! You reach for us to pick you up when you're sick of not being held. You're learning to walk in the walker that grandma bought you and you're the best at going backwards.

We finally have a schedule! I cannot even sing the praises of schedules enough. You have nap times and feeding times and a bed time. We are finally getting this thing down. But you are the most easy going baby in the world. And when I was being a crazy mother who thought that 9 pm was a good time to put you to bed, you went with it. When I realized that actually 7 pm was a better time for bed, you graciously accepted my change and if we are not doing our nighttime ritual by 6:30, you are one unhappy camper. It only took me 6+ months to feel comfortable at this mom thing. I can now clean up the house and work on my things and have dinner ready for when daddy comes home from work. I no longer feel like I'm drowning in not wanting to put you down and needing to be a mom constantly. It totally helps that you are now more "independent." I mean, I can set you on the ground with 15 toys and you're good for five minutes. These baby steps are making it my little love. Baby steps.

I know that I've only known you for seven months but I can't even remember my life before you. I know that I grew you for nine long months and those months seemed like an eternity and then here we are, almost to nine months again and these almost nine months seem like the blink of an eye. I know that never in my wildest imagination could I have realized how much I would love you and how quickly you would change my life. Sometimes I think about the first time I saw you and then the first time I held you as I was wheeled back to our room. Your daddy said he was a little worried about that moment, considering I was pumped full of so many drugs and couldn't keep my eyes open. But I held on tight to your tiny body wrapped in that blanket and stared into those deep blue eyes and fell madly in love with you. It took one tiny millisecond for you to change my life forever. Everyone says it will happen, but it's one of those things you have to experience for yourself. No amount of words will ever do that feeling justice.

But here we are now, seven months from that moment and I fall more in love with you every single day. You never stop amazing me with all the new things you learn and all the funny faces you make and all the sounds you sing out. I love every last thing about you and I will love you more tomorrow than I do today. Happy seven months, my sweet baby love. I love you, I love you, I love you.


8 loves:

  1. I love these posts.
    Just love love love love them.
    You write such beautiful, heartfelt little memories of these precious little moments :]
    And then you post those gorgeous pics.
    Good golly, girl, you are blessed :]
    Thanks for sharing with us! <3

    1. Oh, thank you, Sarah! =]

      I really enjoy writing them. I'll probably have them printed along with the pictures in a book for him when he's older.

  2. Such a sweet post.
    <3 Happy seven months, Maddox!

  3. Beautiful.... and he is so dang cute.

    1. he really is =] i know i'm biased but there's no denying it. ;]

  4. I think a book is a great idea - what a treasure for him.... you have to do it!!
    Maybe even two books.

    1. I'm sure all the pictures and notes and funny stories I have will fill up A LOT of books. I can't wait to gather everything and make him a few!