With Stella, I feel like I missed some of the brinks. Her developmental stages kind of flew up and smacked me in the face. "Oh my gosh, when did she become a REAL KID?" The feeling was frequently accompanied by tears.
Well, here we are with Lu on the brink of toddlerhood and I'm all too aware it's happening. We felt her first little tooth on Friday (10th) at 10 1/2 months. She was late just like her big sister. I dread first teeth, one of my favorite things is a little gummy smile! She's cruising so much, communicating more everyday, getting frustrated when we don't understand what she wants. She definitely knows who she loves and is happy to lunge toward them when she sees them.
One of my favorite things is that she's starting to LOVE to snuggle! I always miss the snuggling when they get to the stage where they think they're "too big" to lay their head down on you like a baby. You know that stage? They think they're pretty big stuff and it's one way they can show some independence. Then all of the sudden the day comes when they're big enough to WANT to snuggle again and understand that it's a form of affection and comfort. She is so funny, she'll love on people any chance she gets. If she's in trouble, she lays her head on your shoulder, if she's tired and you're sitting, she'll lay her head on your lap. The other day Sheri was standing in the kitchen and apparently Lucy wanted some attention so she crawled over and snuggled her little face right on Sheri's feet.
As much as I'm saddened to see my baby growing up SO fast, I'm also so very excited for the stages coming up. I'm so looking forward to the day when she can join in the girl fun with Stella and I. Movies snuggling on the couch, doing our nails, baking, etc. Right now we tend to do those things while she sleeps and it kind of feels like we're holding out on her or leaving her out.
This looks EXACTLY like the picture of her 3D ultrasound! The picture that made me think there was something wrong with my baby or that it must be all of the fluid making her face look so fat. I remember thinking, "surely, if there's something wrong with her the tech would know and tell me!" Her cheeks really are that fat. :)
This is from our attempted Valentine's photo shoot. I may not have gotten great Valentine's pictures, but I do love this little face. I just want to squish it and kiss it all over.
Daddy got each of his girls a balloon and a flower for Valentine's day. He couldn't have done anything better.
She doesn't really know her Great-Grandpa, but she was tired. He asked she'd let him hold her. I wasn't sure since she was tired and doesn't know him very well. She more than let him, she snuggled her face right into his neck and went to sleep. He was in Grandpa Heaven, but my Dad was just a bit jealous. :)
This is another picture from our attempted photo shoot. Probably not the safest thing to let her put a balloon in her mouth, but it's so her and I wanted a picture before I took it away and the Mean One let me know I'm a horrible person.