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Friday, June 08, 2007

Letter to Lily: month 10

Dear Lily,

A few days ago you turned 10 months old. I've finally realized one very big truth about having a baby--well, maybe it's two truths. First, they are not a baby for very long. Second, every day brings something new, a new skill, a new surprise, a new bit of mischief.

No one can say you aren't curious. And I think that's a good thing, even if I want to tear my hair out some days as the books are flung of the bookshelf for the umpteenth time. Telling you "no" and moving your hand away from the books doesn't work. You just give me a big smile, say "ya!" and continue emptying the shelf. Physically moving you from the place of mischief and getting you interested in a toy, or going for a walk around the apartment or exploring your room seems to work. But there are those days when you beetle on over to the same shelf, the same books or magazines, and yank them out again.

You are the same way with drawers and cupboards. Find the handle, pull it open, remove contents. Sometimes you find something interesting, like a ruler, white out or tape, and it distracts you--but often you are just content to put everything on the floor.

You also love the toilet. I don't know if it's because the lid makes such a great drum, or because it's the perfect height for you to stand and hold on to... or if it's the great sound it makes when YOU flush it, or the excellent proximity it is to that toilet paper roll that's just begging to be unraveled all over the floor. But whatever it is, if the bathroom door is left open, your little bum will be in there like a shot.

The next big accomplishment we've seen you getting better and better at is standing on your own. For over a month now you've been standing and walking with the help of furniture or anyone who will give you two fingers to hold on to. But lately you are getting more and more confident just standing on your own. There's been a few times where you've been distracted by something you were holding, or you were clapping along with me and Tatus, and you stood for over 30 seconds!

You also love to bounce. You learned this during our last trip to Kelowna--we put you on Gran's rebounder (mini-trampoline) and you bent your knees and started bouncing. Now you do that in your crib as well, in addition to banging the side wall.

We can tell you are itching to walk. There are times when you are holding on to a chair with one hand, and reaching for me or Tatus, and you are bouncing and stretching, like you are trying to convince yourself to take that first step. I'm sure it's not far away! You'll have so much more fun at the park once you are able to walk on your own. Then you'll be free to follow all the kids around without having to drag me or Tatus along behind you. :) It's so neat to watch how you latch on to some kids or their moms and follow them around the playground.

You are a very smiley girl, but already we can see that you are a very determined one, and possibly very stubborn, too. But there are always the smiles--and the laughs (you are VERY ticklish now and Tatus and I love to tickle you).

Then there is this recent fascination with my belly button. I don't know what it is about it, but if we are lying down together, you always eventually get to my tummy, pull up my shirt and poke your little pointer finger in my belly button.

We love you so much, little bumblina.


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