You are officially into double digits! I can’t believe I am the mom of a 10 month old. I probably think or say about 5 times a day, “can’t she just stay this way forever?” or “does she HAVE to grow up?!”. The stage you are in right now is SO. MUCH. FUN. I never want it to end!
Literally the day after I posted your 9 month post, you started full-out crawling (as opposed to the hybrid army/spider crawl you did for a while), and you have not looked back since. You are lightning fast, and if I walk from one room to the next even for just a second, you are right behind me…my little shadow! You continue to pull up on everything within your reach, and are really “cruising” (someone just told me that is what it’s called)—walking around everything while holding on, going from the table to the couch to the chair to the jumperoo to the recliner. You do a great job walking while holding on to our hands, and it is one of your favorite things to do. You are also standing by yourself now for short periods…and you get so excited when you do it that you start clapping and that makes you lose your balance and have to sit down. Pretty darn cute. :) No signs of taking any steps yet, but I feel like you are getting closer and closer… I am not sure I am ready for that! Again—time: please slow down!
You are (knock on wood…) a great eater. Even the two foods you had earlier decided you weren’t a fan of, bananas and avocados, you love now! The only thing I can think of that you do not like are tomatoes, which you just tried for the first time last night. Your face was hilarious…but we are going to keep trying them! You love meal time, and those are my favorite times of each day. You are so happy, so curious to try each new food, and you love to feed yourself (AND Ralph…….) and get excited when you try something that you like. You have decided that you are pretty much over all the
million purees I have made you…but I am still trying to feed them to you to use them all up! You usually only put up a fight for a few seconds and then give in; you just keep trying to grab the spoon and feed to yourself. Miss Independent…just like your mama!
Your favorite word is (still) Dada. You say it all the time. To your Daddy, me, Ralph, the pizza delivery guy…whoever. We have this conversation at least 15 times a day:
Me: “Hadley, say Mama.”
Me: “No, MA MA MA MA”
Hadley: “DAA DAA DAAA DA.”
Your Daddy finds this hilarious. One day soon, can you PLEASE just say it for me? Pretty please?! :) You also will proudly say “all done!” when you are finished eating, and it is seriously cute. “Heeeey” is another favorite, and “bye bye”, both while waving (though you never do it when I ask you to say it to someone… only when you want to!). You love to repeat sounds or noises that I make (all but Mama, of course) and I love to hear you having conversations with yourself. Whatever you are saying, you are saying it with conviction! I love hearing you discover your voice and new noises you can make!
Lately, tons of people have asked me, “is she always this happy?!”. I always say, “I hate to say it, because what if I jinx it, but yes!”. It’s true, sweet pea…you are one happy girl. You grin, clap and belly laugh for everyone you meet—I can’t tell you how many people have told me “she just made my whole week!”. It is so sweet to see you lighting up so many others’ lives the way that you do ours. People also always tell us how expressive your little face is! You know how to work those little eyebrows and come up with the cutest, most hilarious expressions. You keep us laughing all the time!
I never knew that being a stay-at-home mom could keep me so busy (and tired)!! We are having a blast, though, and I wake up each day excited to see what new thing you do or what way you are going to make me smile and laugh. You bring me so much joy, I sometimes feel like my heart is literally going to burst…I am in a constant state of euphoria with you. You are my best friend, already! (And I would say I am yours, too…though you sure do have a special place in your heart already for your Daddy). I am so proud to be your mom and I cannot wait for our relationship to develop even more as you grow.
We are almost to a year (!!!) old. I don’t know where the time has gone, but I don’t want to blink, because before I know it my baby girl is not going to be a baby anymore! It makes me tear up just to type that. I am so proud of the sweet, beautiful baby girl you already are and I can’t wait to be here for every step of the way as you continue to grow into an amazing little girl!
Happy 10 months, gorgeous. Your Daddy and I love you to the moon and back!
P.S. We did your 10 month photo shoot yesterday on NC State’s campus. Your Daddy and I had so much fun taking you around campus to all the places we used to go during our time there. In fact, the belltower right behind where you are sitting in one of the pictures above is where your Daddy so
nervously sweetly asked me to marry him almost exactly 6 years ago. As we walked around, we talked about how much we were sure things would change “before Hadley goes there”… you are going to want to be a fellow Wolfpacker, right?!?! (I promise we will love you no matter what! ;-))