Thursday, March 5, 2015

letters to nova - 9 months

February 28, 2015

Dear Nova,

You have learned so many new things this month!  You clap your hands together, copy sounds I make, and army crawl like a boss.  You love sticking your tongue out, too!  You easily transition from scooting to sitting up.  Crawling and pulling up are things you still haven't quite figured out.  You've pulled up to where you're on your knees, but nothing further.  You also don't have any teeth yet.  But as usual, all things are in your own time, sweet girl.

I didn't quite grab on to all of your stats at your appointment, but I do know that you weigh a little over 19 lbs. (66th percentile) and you are in the 97th percentile for height.  It's a safer bet for us to buy 18 month clothes for you rather than 12 month!  You're still eating/drinking all of the same things except that we're starting to introduce chunkier foods and more finger foods.  You gag pretty easily so we're taking this process slow with you.  You're sleeping 12ish hours at night and taking 2 naps during the day, which are around 1.5-2.5 hours. 

This month you dealt with more ear infections and pinkeye.  We are getting you in to an ENT next week and will most likely be putting tubes in your ears.  It has been the saddest thing knowing that you are constantly living with fluid in your ears.  While you do have your fussy moments because of it, I'm really impressed with how happy you are.  You are such a trooper and I can't wait to get this fixed for you so you're not in pain.

You absolutely adore your daddy.  When he comes in the door from work, you demand to see him first thing.  If you hear his voice, but can't see or hold him, it's like torture for you.  Just so you know, your dad feels the same about you.  He just can't get enough of his little girl.  You guys have something special going on and I love watching it.

This month I have had the privilege of watching you and Duke become buddies.  He scoots around on the floor just like you saying, "Come on, Nova!"  You guys play with animals together in the music room.  Duke will be in his room reading books and you will be right there with him playing with a ball.  Although I do keep my eyes on you frequently, I love letting you all have your own time together.  I know these are small steps, but I am beginning to see the two of you interact as friends and there is just nothing better.

Now here's the part where I get weird, Nova.  I love and feel things about you that you just will not understand until you have a little baby of your own one day.  I love the way your hand smells after you've been sucking on your fingers all nap.  That baby slobber is just the sweetest smell to me!  I also have to stop myself from biting your cheeks because I am so in love with you!  You are the most precious little girl and I can hardly stand it sometimes.

You are such a bright spot in our world.  I love you.


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