Monday, August 10, 2009

Grace

Gracie turned 11 months over the weekend and it blew my mind. Where has the time gone? Seriously. This is that whole thing that people (the generation before us) warn us about...they say cliche things like "it goes in the blink of an eye" or "one day they're in diapers and the next you're walking them down the aisle." And we grown, sort of roll our eyes and promise to capture each moment in a snapshot so that it doesn't feel that way.

So, here we are. The month before we pass the exiting babyhood, welcome to toddler hood sign on the freeway of life. Ugh. I'm not ready for this...but I am. When I first had her, I couldn't wait for her to grow up. I had all these fantasies of her and Maddie playing together, talking for hours in their room, confiding in one another. While I still continue to hold onto these grandeur's of illusion, I'm confounded by the fact that they are fast approaching; like, too fast. I not only want her to still want me, but I need her to. She's my baby. Her name has been "baby Grace" from the beginning. "Toddler Grace" doesn't have the same ring to it.

Because I want to remember her exactly as she is now, here are some facts about my little girl. Gracie, at 11 months you:
  • are one of the lights of my life; I cannot wait to hold you each morning
  • can practically walk; maybe 4 or 5 steps in a row, but they are fast steps. You have a lot of momentum
  • say "ba ba ba ba..." all the time. You can say "mama" "dada" and "bubba" too.
  • smile all the time and your 2 little bottom teeth show which cracks me up! Those are the only teeth you have now.
  • love animals; especially dogs (no surprise there) and often get into their crates (just like your big sister did)
  • want to eat real food now more than baby food
  • suck the same 2 fingers as your sister and have a favorite "nigh-nigh."
  • LOVE water; dog bowl water, bathtub water, pool water, sippy cup water...you love it all.
  • have dirty diapers that can clear a room; we call you "toxic" from time to time :)
  • get red eyelids when you're tired; it's a tell-tale sign. You get that from me.
  • are a mommy's girl through and through. This was predicted by your Nonnie when you were 3 days old and has turned out to be very true.
  • make me feel loved
Happy 11 months Gracie girl!

4 comments:

Mom aka Nonnie said...

Hello my girls! I've missed you and can't wait to see you all next week. I've a lot to do this week to get ready but I am so excited. Sarah, what a wonderful posting. Great idea to capture Gracie at 11 months and I am so surprised the year has flown by. She's a beautiful girl - like her mommy and her big sister - and I love that even now we can see her personality - her uniqueness. What treasure your blog is. When we were with my aunt over the weekend, we went to see Julia and Julie - loved it! I kept thinking about your blog because that's how the Julie part of the story started. Who knows where you might go with this? :) Have a great day and maybe we can catch up at some point. Love to Gabe and the girls -

Siobhan said...

Beautiful Sarah. How wonderful it will be for all of you to read back on these excerpts from your life in years to come. Grace has grown up so much just since I saw her last I can hardly believe it. I know how you feel of course as Aisling is on speed when it comes to growing up. I take back everything I said about Aibha because Aisling is going to make her look calm ;) Looking forward to seeing you all in a WEEK!!! and comparing notes from the last month. xxx

Dan said...

You forgot to mention how she sleeps about 18 hours a day :) Awesome way to summarize the last 11 months, it will be really neat for her to read these when she grows up. She is definitely one of the happiest babies I have ever seen, which can probably be attributed to having such loving parents. Love you all.

Anonymous said...

I love the picture..it so totally captures her. She could not have a better name as she is truly a gift from God. Can't wait for the puppies to go home (time with them is not flying by) so that I can spend more time with all you 'girls'
love ya,
Sandy