May 03, 2009

Month Ten

Dear Penelope,

You are now ten months old, and officially walking! You actually started walking a few days after our last update, so I say you walked at nine months, not ten. You must have known those first few steps were a major accomplishment because you were absolutely giddy with delight. You’d take step or two, fall down, sometimes accidentally roll over, all while giggling hysterically, jump up, and try over and over and over. First, you would step with just one foot and rotate around in a circle, then you figured out how to alternate, and slowly over time you string together more and more. You hardly ever crawl, unless absolutely necessary, and for the most part you’ll do whatever it takes to walk wherever you are going.

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Remember those next two teeth we have been talking about for months? They are here! Five months after your first two teeth arrived, your second two finally made it. Your naps have been terrible for weeks and weeks now, and Id like to say they got better once the teeth arrived, but alas, this is not the case. I have finally resolved that you are not going to take more than 45-minute naps, and that is the end of the story. You sleep great at night, usually 12 or even 13 hours straight, but you just never grew out of the 45-minute nap. I have discussed this here with you before, and in the back of my mind, I’ve hoped you would phase out of this, but you just haven’t. In the end, it doesn’t matter, as you’ve adjusted and two 45 minute naps each day seems to be enough. The only real negative is that you are definitely ready for bed by 7:30pm each night which doesn’t leave a lot of time to spend together when I get home from work. Regardless, you are on a good schedule, and you sleep great at night, so I try not to worry about it.

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These days playing with you are pure entertainment, you are so busy busy. Your latest is to walk around your room with several things in your hands (often one or two things in each hand). Then you drop something, bend down, try to pick it up, drop one of the other things you are holding, pick that up, drop something else, finally get everything back into your hands, and carry on, all with complete focus and determination. You love to walk, you even have tried running. Seriously, now you are running. Some kids don’t even walk until well after a year old, and you are running. You aren’t doing it very well, every time I see you try, you fall flat on your face. That doesn’t stop you from trying, and you don’t even cry. The most fundamental part of you is that you absolutely never.stop.moving.

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You have been using your baby potty for a couple of months now, which is something I have forgotten to mention. Its really surprising to me, but you will sit on it and play quietly until you are finished, and you do this several times each day. I think you actually like it and prefer to use the potty over your diaper.

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Despite your many accomplishments this month, my favorite is how you boogey to music. Wherever we are, when you hear music, you start dancing, and that is just amazing to me. That tells me music is a fundamental part of all of us. No one taught you to do it, you just do it naturally when you hear music. Sometimes you’ll shake your head back and forth and wave your arms in the air. I don’t want to know what this suggests about your teenage years ahead, but one thing is for sure, you are going to be non-stop entertainment to your father and me. Thank god you came along as someone to play with your father, because if I had to pinpoint where you got the “never stop moving” trait, its good old Daddy.

I love you, sweet girl. You are my favorite little bug.

Love, Mama

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