|licking your first skyline cracker [unsalted]|
|bum straight up in the air|
|ems being a hoodlum|
you got your very first baby trench coat and some knit, bow earwarmers! you also tried on your very first bathing suit...i die!
you had lots of time with friends and family this past month.
i'm here! little one, seven months looks good on you.
i have to admit that i have a "favorite" time with you. now i don't want you to get all crazy and think that i don't enjoy other moments with you (don't be ridiculous) but hands down, no competition, i love weekend mornings with you, me and your poppa. my heart could literally explode as i get your little squeaking, and now standing, self out of bed. you grin as hard as you can when i walk in the door and put your arms up juuuust a little for me to pick you up. sometimes you even let out a little giggle. after i lift you out of bed you melt into a little ball of preciousness on my shoulder. you usually lay your head down and suck your thumb, or squeak, or both until i get you into our room for meal #1 of the day.
you nestle on down in between me and your poppa to eat. lots of mornings poppa is still a little out of it when you first come to bed with us. it's dim in there, usually about 6:30am, and on a saturday or sunday, who can blame him? you start out all about the food but a few minutes in you realize that there is a grizzly poppa bear in the bed and try your very best to eat and touch him at the same time. sometimes its a smack and sometimes you just hold his arm or pat his face. you don't quit even when he's asleep and unresponsive, you just keep on keepin' on. it is the best. when you're finished eating poppa gets pretty much all your attention. it doesn't bother me a bit. i'm obsessed with seeing the two of you together. it looks like you're comforted by me being nearby with your little glances even if your focus never reeeeally strays. it's my happy place.
those mornings are what i dreamed of when we were pregnant with you. i used to ask ben, "won't it be so incredible for emmie to wake up and come visit with us in bed?" those moments were my favorite when it was just me and your poppa and now with you in the mix...i can't stand it! it's that undistracted, "quiet" time (quiet in feeling, not in noise) that blesses me so. i used to imagine it just like this, and it's all i could want wrapped up in a few moments of fluffy pillows and baby wiggles. i can picture your little toddler self joining us too, and maybe some other little siblings too, God willing. maybe someday we'll jump on the bed, who knows.
one other little thing i wanted to tell you is that you have the sweetest, funniest personality taking shape. unfortunately for the world you don't share it with just anyone. you pretty much stone-face the majority of our friends and family with just tiny glimpses of your silly self and when it is just me and your dad you are a wild woman. huge smiles, crawling all over, so playful. i hope someday that you embrace being with all different kinds of people and that you let your little light shine. not that you have to be the center of attention, but that you wouldn't be afraid to be yourself. shine little one, shine. if you're reserved, that's ok. i just hope you know that you are brave and that you can put yourself out there. God has made you pretty darn special, don't be scared to be you.
we love you with all our heart.
momma & poppa