|Walt and Snow, 11/09/11|
|Walt and Snow, 02/10/12|
These days you express yourself with beautiful smiles, gorgeous giggles, and even big belly laughs when you're happy. It's impossible not to smile when you smile and laugh when you laugh. You are ticklish under your arms, on the back of your neck and on your belly. We think your feet might be ticklish, too, but we're still keeping your toes covered most of the time in footie pajamas. You are wearing 9 month sized clothes these days.
When you were very little, you slept, cried and ate most of the time. You had two "sweet spots" each day: around 9 am and 5 pm were happy times for you, and we did a lot of learning and playing during those hours. Now, instead of sweet spots, you are just plain sweet: most of your day is spent smiling, reaching, interacting and watching the world intently. While you're very outgoing, you have quiet times, too. You seem to appreciate the opportunity to just chill out now and then, leaning against me or your Daddy just being calm and relaxed.
|You think Grandma Sue is very funny|
|You are a snuggle bunny|
When we pick you up from daycare you are very happy to see us: you give a big smile and do a little excited shimmy with your whole body. We are very happy to see you, too. We miss you during the day and look forward to our evening times together. We sing and read to you, feed you and cuddle you. You go to bed around 8 pm. You were having trouble sleeping for awhile because you had a couple of bad colds and coughs this month. Last night you slept for 6 and half hours straight, nursed, and then slept for three hours more. We are hoping that is your new sleeping pattern! You are starting to feel better after your cold, which is a big relief to all of us.
When you rub your eyes, we know you're getting sleepy. When you say "goo," you're usually hungry. When you want us to pick you up, you make eye contact with us and smile, staying very still and quiet until we come to pick you up, and then you do your happy shimmy. When you want to chew on something (we think you are probably starting to get your first teeth) you grab our hands, bring them up to your mouth and bite down with all your might. It hurts a little, but not as much as it's going to when those teeth come through!
|Nursing makes you sleepy!|
You like toys you can bite on and hold onto easily. You like burp cloths and your Minky (a monkey head attached to a little blanket ... you're holding it in the picture to the left.) because you like rubbing the soft cloth on your face and chewing on it, too. Hank the Dog also likes your toys. He loves and is very protective of you, and he loves to groom you, licking your face, head, toes and ears. You put up with this admirably.
Dates to remember:
**January 8, the day you were baptized into the family of God. I got to be both your pastor and your Mommy at your baptism, which made me very happy. Your Grandma Sue and Grandpa Paul made a book of pictures and recorded their voices reading the story of your baptism.
|Baptism Day with Grandma and Grandpa Albright (and Daddy)|
**January 17 was Mommy's 31st birthday and January 18 was your first day at daycare. It was a special time for Mommy and Daddy because we remembered that, a year ago at that time, you were conceived and started your amazing journey of growing and getting ready to be born.
|You and Grandpa Paul are very cute|
|Soul brothers and Soul sisters|
|This is the story of how we begin to remember|
Ta oomba oomba,