Can you believe it, buddy? How can it be that 7 months have gone by since I first held you in my arms? I’ll never understand how months seem like minutes when it comes to life with you and your sister. Although time is moving entirely too fast, in many ways it seems like life has always been this way. It feels like you have always been a part of my life–always there, always smiling, always willing to grab my hair and pull me in close for a slobbery gummy kiss. It feels like we have known each other forever. In some ways, I guess we have. That is the beauty and blessing of creating life…we will always be apart of each other no matter what happens. I love you, Jake.
Ok, enough sap (sorry, sometimes when I get started it’s hard to stop!), let’s get to the fun and exciting things that happened this month!
You have TWO teeth now! They popped up shortly after you turned six months old and man, you had a rough time with each of them. Sleepless nights (more than usual), runny nose, irritability and incessant chewing on anything and everything were all indicators that we knew meant you must be working on some teeth. And we were right! They popped up within days of each other. Now I giggle a little when you give a big gummy grin because your first tooth is much taller than your second tooth. I’m sure they will even out soon, but until then I will enjoy your perfectly mismatched teeth and the smiles that they bring to others.
Sitting up is your thing! It’s awesome and you love it. You are SO proud that you can sit anywhere and every where your big sister can. That is, until you don’t want to sit up any more and then you just quietly decide to face plant yourself into the floor like it’s no big deal. Sitting’s fun…until it’s not 🙂 And even then I love your spunk and your ability to know what you want when you want it! Life is good with you around, my little friend.
You prefer certain toys now. You love your Mickey and your Sophie Giraffe and your car keys. Pulling your sisters hair is always a favorite past time of yours as well. I think the pulling is just an unfortunate consequence of you just wanting to touch her all the time. If she is near, you reach for her and squeal for her. You try to pull her close to you and gave your first semi-wave to her this month. There’s no doubt in my mind that she is your hero. She should be. She loves you so much too, Jake Man.
I love watching you sleep with your hands tucked behind your head. I love how your face lights up when Daddy comes home from work. I love how you snuggle in close when it’s time for bed and how your breathing slows as you relax and drift off to sleep… You smile when you’re happy, cry when you’re sad, and laugh when you are amused. All these things–these little tiny things that make up who you are in this moment I hope I will remember as the years go by. I hope I will remember how the rolls on your legs looked or how your delicate little hand would rest itself on your leg. I hope I remember your pouty face and your happy face and every face in between. I hope I can remember all of you all of the time. Maybe some day this blog will take me back 🙂 Back to the “good old days” because I’m pretty confident that these are it….
You are a gift, little Jake. I am so thankful and blessed that I was chosen to be your mommy. Thank you for being the person I didn’t even know I needed. You have taught me so much already and I love you more than words could ever say.