Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dear Reid: 8 Months Old (a little late)

I started writing this last week, but had to go do something else, and never got back to it until now.  Sorry for the delay.

Dear Reid,

Today you are 8 months old!  Wow I can hardly believe it.  It seems like just a few short weeks ago I was finally able to hold you in my arms after 9 long months of waiting.  You are such a blessing to your Daddy and me, a treasure we could not live without.  We love waking up to your adorable cues and huge grin when we come to get you out of your crib.  You remind us to start the day with a good attitude and that everyday is on that the Lord has made.

You are doing so many things baby boy.  It is fascinating to see all the changes you have gone through and what all you have accomplished in just 8 months, but especially in the past 4 weeks!  Now you are able to sit up freely, all by yourself (instead of mommy and daddy having to run to keep you from falling backwards and bonking your noggin) which is a huge help to mommy when she needs to put you down for one reason or another.  After 3 weeks of getting to your knees and rocking back and forth you have finally started crawling!  In fact the first thing you crawled for was an iPhone and it is still the thing you will crawl fastest towards.  I guess you love your technology.

You have your two bottom teeth in, and are working on those top stinkers.  Mommy hates it when you teeth because you're in pain and you don't sleep to well.  You chew on anything and everything, the plant by the T.V. (you try that one daily), your hands, paci, blanket, you name it!  Mommy has already had to pull a starburst wrapper out of your mouth, you were happily chewing it like gum.  Speaking of chewing, some of your favorite foods are mangos, peaches, apples, bananas, pears, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, and baked potatoes!  Mommy keeps trying to get you to like green beans, but you always make a horrible face.  We will get there.

Another of your many skills is pulling up in your crib.  You can get yourself all the way to the standing position.  You are working on pulling up on many more things now too.  You really are fearless.  Figuring out you can now crawl around during bath time has opened up a whole new world of possibilities, full of laughter and splashes.  This is probably your favorite time of the day.  Another favorite is when you and mommy read books together.  It is so funny to watch you go from a very active boy to sitting and listening intently to a story.  It makes my heart so very happy to see you love books already.

One thing you do hate is getting dressed.  I feel as if you think it unnecessary because you will cry over it!  Loudly!  There are just bigger and better things to do in your opinion.  You are beginning to test mommy's limits too, pulling on cords and other items you shouldn't be.  She must now begin the procoess of baby proofing and parenting you so you don't get hurt.  Baby boy, you have a mind of your own, would rather do your own thing then crawl after Mama, you have actually yet to do that, you find something else you would rather have!  Putting you to sleep is still a chore, but we are getting there.

All in all Reid I cannot believe you are 8 months old.  That is so big!  You are a wonderful baby, so happy, full of life, and loving every minute of it.  We get compliments on you, your big blue eyes, your smile, your disposition and I am reminded often to thank God for a little boy who just enjoys being alive.  I pray that one day you will be alive in Christ and find the unspeakable joy in living for Him.  I promise to do my best to teach you and disciple you in Him.  I am so glad you are mine, I cannot imagine a better baby.  Know Mommy and Daddy love you very much, pray for you, and enjoy you.


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