Sweet girl, you are 6 months old! It’s almost more than my mama heart can process. In such a short time, you have changed everything so very much- you’ve grown and changed and become so full of life and joy. You’ve changed your daddy and I more than I could ever say. You, our dear girl, are light and life and love and joy. When you get a little older, we will have to cool it. Right now, all we do when we are with you is tell you how fantastic you are. All day, everyday. It’s fine now but, to save you from becoming a terror, that will have to change in the coming months at least a little bit. We’ll see if we can restrain ourselves.
This is the time where you are growing and developing so much. But plenty of people write about the things a 6 month old typically can and cannot do. Instead of cover how you roll around as a mode of transport, how you like peas better than bananas or the way you babble absolutely nonstop (all of which I love), I want to tell you about the things that you do that bring me to tears:
You’ve started reaching for me. Not just a little not, just making me think you might be. But full on, ‘need my mama now’ reaching for me. You reach for me when I get home from work as you pant wildly and and coo and flail and grin with excitement. You reach for me when you are tired of being on your play mat or in your bouncy chair. Best of all, when you are tired at the end of the day, you reach for me to snuggle until you’re ready for sleep. Those cute little hands with the knuckle dimples and baby fingers break my heart in the very best way. It feels, so often like you are a magician reaching out and making me explode with a love I would never have had the ability to feel or process until that moment.
In the mornings, when I come get you as you are stirring, you go from calm and waking up to sooooo excited to see me. Daddy says you do the same thing for him- I’m sure you do. You are so thrilled to see people you love, especially us. Thank you for that, sweetheart. Being loved by you is more than I can describe- it is joy and awe and fills us with the deepest desire to do right by you.
As expected, our families are smitten with you. Your unky calls you Charles and tells you what a cute man you are- much to his amusement and my slight chagrin combined with joy. Your aunties swoon over you every time they get to see you- to a point that I have to ask to have you back when it’s been so long I miss you. Your Grammy and Grandpa adore you and love to spoil you rotten.
Most fun for me, I think, might be watching you with our Mauggie and Papa. They have always been the most wonderful grandparents to me- I am continually thankful that you get the chance to know them. Mauggie calls you “our little sweetie” and she couldn’t be more right. Papa loves every minute with you and won’t let Mauggie trim his beard before he sees you- you love that beard and love to grab it so he wants to make sure you have something to hold onto.
As you have been from the moment we knew you existed, you are well loved. You are delight and joy. You are sweeter than I could ever say- you light up for everyone who smiles at you and, even when you are tired and sick, will do your very best to be happy if you see a friendly face.
I am so proud to be your mama. Like we tell you every day- you’re the best little girl there ever was. You are our favorite.