At first, I didn't believe the people who told me that your babyhood would fly by; that I would find myself a little wistful for how small you used to be. But now, that's exactly what I'm doing. And this is how people get tricked into having more babies. They remember the smell of a newborn, how cute the first smile is, how adorable the tiny fingers and toes are - not the screaming, the dirty diapers - did I mention the screaming? But I digress. This has been the month of mobility. You began to crawl the day after you turned seven months old, and you haven't looked back since. It's been great, because you are getting much better about entertaining yourself, but you also get into everything! See exhibit A:
In addition to being able to get around the house, you can also pull yourself up onto almost anything. In fact, I think you'd be an excellent rock climber, though I'll never let you do something so dangerous. See exhibit B:
We joined the YMCA this month, and it's been good for both of us so far. You get to play with your little friends, and I get an hour to myself to work out and take a shower that lasts longer than 3.7 minutes. You also really enjoy the pool there, and splash around in the shallow end watching with wonder as other kids run and swim all around you. Your dad and I often wonder what sports you will enjoy as you get older. One of your dad's very favorite things to do is play basketball, and I must admit that you are showing some early signs of interest in the sport. Last week I captured your very first dunk on camera! See exhibit C:
You've also started sticking your tongue out a LOT this month, which I think is a sign of concentration. This is also something your daddy does when he concentrates. In fact, a couple of weeks ago, I saw you both doing it at the same time and it made me smile inside. See exhibit D:
Peanut, you are growing into such a lively, animated, adventurous, and truly adorable child. You are so full of life, and it's so much fun to see you grow and learn every day. You can frustrate me by not napping or being unusually fussy, but you can melt my heart (and everyone else's) with a single adorable smile.