Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Every day, someone comments, "He's getting so big!"
And you are. And a little bit of me cries each time it's said. You're growing into your puppy feet and your hair is so long it's falling into your eyes and spilling down your neck. Your legs are strong enough for you to stand on, and you're like a speed demon when it comes to crawling these days. You relish in exploring new tastes and foods, and your chubby little fingers are getting better at grasping small pieces and bringing them to your mouth. You're growing, growing, growing. But you know what? Right now, this very second, you're the smallest you'll ever be again, and so I just smile and kiss your chubby cheeks and let people comment away about how big you're getting. You're still so small to me.
Your chubby rolls are so kissable, and you snuggle in so sweetly. You love to be held, worn, cuddled...you are still our "heartbeat baby." You have two sharp and sparkly little teeth, and as much as you enjoy eating new foods, your favorite is still Momma's milk.
Our nursing relationship started out pretty rocky. You've never been easy to nurse, but I think this month has been the best yet. I love this time we share together. As you keep growing up and gaining independence, you need me less and less. For the first 6 months of your life, I could barely ever set you down. You woke up as soon as your skin touched mine, and you would cry as if you were in physical pain. You're still like that 30% of the the time, but I know the day will come all too soon when you won't even fit on my lap anymore. As much as I love our togetherness right now, I promise to you right now that I will never be the creepy mom from "Love You Forever" who climbs in through her grown son's bedroom window to hold him and rock him at night.
This is our time right now, baby, and oh, I love it so much!
You and Kayleigh are still the best of friends. You adore her so much that I have to use the baby gate to block you from the hallway when she is sleeping so that you don't crawl to her door and call to her. When it is time for her to wake up, all I have to do is say, "Let's go get Kayleigh" and you bolt down the hallway squealing with joy. She is so protective of you and does a great job of following you around and taking things away from you that are not safe for you to have. She always replaces the no-no item with one of your toys, and it makes my heart burst to see how lovingly she takes care of you. The two of you play so well together. It makes me so happy to watch!
I can't end this letter without talking about how much you love your daddy. You follow him around like a puppy when he's home, and have recently joined the daily farewell at the door--except that you don't stop at the door, you crawl after him like you hope he'll take you with him. You have also figured out that Daddy is the best rough houser around. He can make you laugh like no other.
We love you so much, Logan Mark. These are happy, happy days, and we are so thankful that you're part of our family.
Nicknames: Boyo, Little Man, Logan Mark, Puppy, Lois (Kayleigh came up with that this month. She also calls you Quincy. I have no idea why.)
Temperament: Happy, hands-on, becoming more independent
Things I Could Do Without: Teething. I'm thankful we have oils to help you feel better!
Things You Could Do Without: Us interfering with your curiosity. Mom, don't take me away from there! That outlet looks really tasty! What do you mean I can't suck on the trash can?
Item/Toy We Love The Most: The little musical activity table. You stand at it now and boogie to the music, just like Kayleigh used to. It makes me happy.
Item/Toy You Love The Most: Kayleigh. Kayleigh is absolutely, hands-down, your favorite. The vertical blinds in the living room are a close second.
Things I'm Loving Most Right Now: The way you blow kisses, giggle when we tickle your belly, and the way you clap when you're happy. (It looks more like "make it rain," but it's so cute)
Things You're Loving Most Right Now: Blowing raspberries, blowing kisses, biting our toes as stealthily as you can, and singing your heart out.
Sounds/Words: You say "Momma" and "Dadda" and "Hi!" We haven't identified you trying to say Kayleigh's name, but you know exactly who we're talking about when her name is spoken.
Foods You Like: You still love milk, but you're also having a lot of fun trying new things. Some current favorites: Sweet Potato, Avocado, Banana, Peach, and those little finger food puffs. We're going the Baby Led Weaning route and letting you sample healthy, soft foods from our plates and feed yourself. You're doing great! You're also obsessed with drinking water out of a cup. You are so proud of your little big boy self!
Milestones: Standing up unassisted, developing very good fine motor skills by self-feeding. Drinking from a sippy cup and a straw cup.