Oh my, how many times I have thought to sit and write the memories of these months down...now I'm racing to finish before our baby girl takes those first steps! She's oh so close. I rocked Selah and sang to her before putting her to bed tonight, which was such a treat, as Daddy often does it. I sang our whole list of songs, including "Baby Mine," and thought of how true those words will always be no matter how big my sweet girl gets.
I remember when Selah turned 10 months and I thought - wow, she has changed so much this past month! Then 11 months came and I look back and think she just grew and grew more into quite the little girl. This past month often feels like a blur. Just this morning at breakfast I looked at her as she so carefully put one cheerio at a time in her mouth and chewed it up...and thought about how much she is starting to look like a 1 yr. old. So incredible. Almost immediately after she turned 9 months I found her one day in her crib sitting up and clapping! It was the neatest thing for me to see, as it was the first time she got into a sitting position on her own and clapped by herself. I loved it. What a blessing it is to watch your child grow and discover. So amazing. Shortly after that I found her pulling herself up to standing in her crib. I am convinced that babies learn everything in their cribs. ;) Plenty of alone time to practice! Now it's hard for me to remember when she would play in there after naps without being able to sit up or pull herself up to stand and holler for us to get her out! Right around this time she also seemed to go quickly from 2 to 4 to 6 teeth! She's held steady with 6 for awhile now. Those days seem like forever ago as we now almost have a walker!
She's also a little danger to herself on our photo shoots, especially if they're on a chair. At 10 months it was the first time I had to have Kevin assist me so she didn't crawl right off onto her head! We definitely spent a lot of time swimming in the month of June, and I've enjoyed being able to get exercise while kicking up and down the pool and pushing her around in her little float. Though this past month I started sitting her on the side, counting to 3, and having her "jump" to me. Now she practically spins herself around like she wants to swim to the side and I have to hold on tight. She wants to do this over and over, or stand on the steps and play with toys. Miss Independent.
Selah also quickly increased her enjoyment of lots of foods after that 9 month blog post. She still prefers baby food which I'm trying to slowly transition out of, (as I can't say I love making it - though it's totally cost effective!), and she loves puffs, cheerios, and graham crackers. She seems to be a fan of all veggies and fruits except for peas, she likes rice and oatmeal cereal, and really wishes I would let her eat an apple whole. The girl also loves herself some shredded cheese. We are still somewhat messy eaters at times, and Selah still faithfully shares with her puppy dog Chai.
In the past couple months Selah also transitioned from the army crawl to the regular crawl, only reverting to the army style if she wanted to move super quickly. Though now she is speedy on her hands and knees. Just yesterday and today she stood on her own for the first time, almost not even realizing it. Of course then we get so excited and she gets really proud of herself, then laughs when she falls down. Two Sundays ago after church was the first time she felt big enough and heavy enough that I thought I should be able to put her down and she should walk. It was such a crazy feeling. I haven't had it since, but I must have been extra tired and had my hands full that morning! Though I know only too soon that will actually be true! In the past couple weeks she's begun to hold on and walk along things. I'm not really one who looks up or reads about milestones and when developmental things are supposed to happen, and I'm not much of a pusher, just because I'm so afraid of rushing or missing these sweet precious moments and stages they grow out of so quickly. I can't even bring myself to read those emails Baby Center and What to Expect send me. But each milestone truly fascinates me and it's why I am trying to keep track of how she is growing.
Now I feel fully initiated into motherhood. Fully absorbed in praying over my family, asking God to lead me as I desire to lead Selah and our future children well, reflecting over moments of the day, hoping I'm enjoying her enough, wondering if I'm building a good foundation, and soaking in that lingering baby goodness whenever I get the chance. I knew the day would come, and it definitely has, as more often than not when she's finished nursing, she wiggles her little body off my lap. I remember months ago trying to enjoy my still little one content just to remain on my lap. I was so determined to remember the last time Selah fell asleep after nursing but I can honestly say it happened so long ago that I'm not even sure. But growth is good...and a gift. When people tell you it only gets better they don't mean to say right now is not the most amazing wonderful time...just that the next stage will be the most amazing wonderful time in a different way too. Thank you Lord for the 11 amazing months we've been blessed to share with this special little girl you created. We give you the glory for her life and we are honored to be her parents.