Happy Half Birthday precious girl. You have amazed me over the last 180 days with your growth and development. You’ve gone from being a cuddly bundle of newborn-ness, completely unaware of the ways of this world to becoming this tiny person who has a big personality and is beginning to tap into the power you wield. I am in awe of the fact that within moments of waking up each and every day, you BURST into smiles. Once the sleep has worked itself out of your hazelish eyes, you are on…singing, jabbering, flailing your arms and legs, just itching to launch yourself out of my arms and across the room. It is only a matter of time before you figure out that if you synchronize the arms and legs you will be mobile.
As much as you smile, it’s no wonder that you have the sunniest disposition imaginable. You seem to be happy whatever and wherever; you charm everyone you meet with your easygoing nature. I love that you sit back and take everything in. You’re an observer. But you’re also the ring leader. At daycare, you’re the one showing the other children how to scoot around, stealing the socks off their feet, and deciding that napping is optional.
There are many milestones yet to come….if your increased fussiness is any indication, you should be cutting teeth soon; before I’m ready for it you will be crawling and walking; and soon enough you will recognize that those noises and sounds that come out of your mouth have meaning and power.
But I’m in no hurry for those things to happen. I am enjoying the moments as they come. Whether it is watching you make a glorious mess of yourself and your highchair as you discover solid food, trying to comfort you during these days when all you know is that your mouth hurts, or listening to you unleash a rare belly laugh when your dad manages to uncover one in your cheeks or behind your ear or under your arm…I keep telling myself to commit these moments to memory because they will be gone before I know it.
Six months from now we will be celebrating your first birthday. And there will be cake and presents and family and friends. And I will revel in every second of that experience. But these half birthdays, they are my special opportunity to celebrate all that you are.