letters to olivia: at seven months

You turned seven months yesterday. I am amazed that you have already been here for over a half of a year. You are closer to being a one-year-old, a toddler, than being closer to the day you were born. We are really starting to get into a groove, you and me. We are really starting to understand each other. This motherhood thing is beautiful, frustrating, joyful, and scary, all at the same time.

Olivia, you . . .

have four teeth. You actually had all of the these by the time you turned six months but the doctor said "Wow!" after she checked your mouth at your six-month appointment. Apparently, it's not normal to have that many this early.

have grown so tall. This shouldn't come as a huge shock considering how tall your daddy is but you are in the 98th percentile for height. I am pretty sure you are going to be taller than me by the time you are four.

are making noises.You have started making the most adorable babbling sounds. You do this the most in the morning, when you are at your most comfortable, while you snuggle with daddy, Peyton, and me in our bed. And speaking of Peyton...

love your doggy. Now that you are eating some solids and dropping a lot of them on the floor, Peyton thinks you are alright to be around. And you love to pull on her tags when she is next to you. And you watch her every move.

can sit up. I still can't leave you without something soft behind you to fall on since you throw yourself backwards sometimes but you are getting pretty good at this sitting up thing.

enjoy eating. There really isn't anything that you haven't liked yet.

aren't sure about the pool. You don't hate it but you don't crack a smile the entire time we are there. You just watch the big kids play, judging. 

Olivia, I . . .

love when you look at me with those big eyes! Sometimes, you will stop whatever you are doing, turn towards me, look into my eyes, and give me the biggest grin. It makes me melt.

miss you when you aren't around. I think about you all day while I am at work or when you dad gives me a break. I even miss you when you are sleeping and we are only a few rooms away.

enjoy giving you a bath. I think it is so funny how you think sucking on a wet washcloth is the best thing in the world and how you love to kick and splash.

have fun tickling you and giving you lots of kisses. You let out the biggest belly laugh when I do. I need to figure out a way to bottle that sound and sell it. The world would be a much happier place.

love you more andmore every day.