Friday, December 31, 2010
Dear Daniel, (seven months!)
Now we're working on how to get down from a sitting position so that when you're tired, you don't have to cry for help to lay down. In the past few days, you've gotten much better at getting one leg behind you and getting down onto your belly from a seated position. For a week or so, you've been enjoying turning yourself around in circles while sitting, and you're rolling over a lot more when you're lying down.
The biggest thing that's changed this month is your mood. You have been crying so much less, I can't even tell you how much different things are now! I had this vivid dream at the beginning of the month that turned out to be a sign of things to come, in a way: I dreamed that we woke up one day and you had thirteen new teeth (up from zero, that was quite a surprise)! I looked in your mouth and thought, Well, no wonder you've been so fussy! This seems to be a metaphor for us figuring out that you have sensory processing issues.
Since we started the therapies, besides napping more, you're also having more fun when we're in groups of people. You're more able to enjoy yourself and engage with people other than Papa and me. You are also smiling and laughing more! You and I like to play this game that's sort of like peek-a-boo (though you don't like it when I hide my face) where I look away from you, and then I look back at you, and you laugh like crazy. We've been trying for weeks to get this on video, but so far, we've had no luck. It's still one of the most delightful parts of our days together!
You enjoy playing by yourself now sometimes (not having to be touched by me or Papa the whole time, though still needing to be in close proximity to us). We made you a little Montessori-style play area in the living room with a green rug and a mirror on the wall. When you have just woken up from a nap, you are very content to sit there alone playing with the toys lying around you. The kitties like your new rug, too, which is nice because when you're sitting there, they're inclined to come over to keep you company and ask for you to pet them.
You're very good at grabbing things and passing them from one hand to the other. If there's anything you can reach for to try to grab, you do—and then promptly shove it in your mouth. I've fished many a piece of paper out of your mouth after you've grabbed it from me and bitten some off. You are always "helping" me and Papa with everything we're doing. I'm glad you're getting more interested in your environment!
We got you a high chair that clips onto our table, and now you enjoy sitting with us at the same level while we have meals together. I still really enjoy babywearing with you, and you like to have that security of being heart-to-heart with me and Papa. However, it's so nice that we can all sit together at the table when we're out to eat, and Papa and I can even sometimes eat at the same time! I love how we can interact with you in different ways when you're sitting with us at the table.
This month, we also got a stroller for you! It was a gift from some of your extended family members (thank you all again so much!). We haven't had a need for one up until now, but now it's nice to have another tool to use when you're having a hard day. We got a fancy stroller that is tall enough for Papa (but short enough for Momma) and the seat can face in or out. So far, you've only ridden facing the person who is pushing you. I really enjoy walking with you like this because I can still look at you and make much-needed eye contact, but we can go for longer periods without me getting so tired from wearing you. You seem to really enjoy getting out in the fresh air (and rain), seeing all the sights, and feeling the vibrations under you.
Papa and I went on our first date since you were born this month, and you stayed home with your Nana Julie, who was visiting. We had a good time (and you did, too, I hear) but we were happy to come back home to you. I'm so glad that you're better able to be around people other than just me and Papa these days.
Another new thing this month is that you went on your first plane ride. Earlier this week, you and I flew South for a little vacation. You were so content on the planes, it was like you've been flying forever! Because of this trip, you've now met another of your Great-Grandmothers, and a Great-Aunt and -Uncle, among others. Everyone is really loving getting to know you.
You have to know, today is a special day for a reason other than that it is your seven-month birthday. It's the last day of this year! This is the last day of the year you were born, and you and I are spending it in Louisiana together visiting with family. Tomorrow it will be a whole new year, and you have so many new things to learn and experience in that new year. Thanks again for letting me be along for the ride with you. I can't wait to see everything this new year will bring!