Monday, August 29, 2016

Monica Jane: 11 Months

I'm a few days late on this post, but it's ok, because Monica is still 11 months old, so we're all good.

Her bedhead is on. point.

I'm going to be honest here... I have not been sleeping well and it's getting late, so I'm going to keep this somewhat to the bullet points... but still picture packed ;)

This month, Monners is becoming more affectionate and attached, especially to me. She loves Daddy and cuddles with him too, but it's pretty rare that I'm not first pick, which I don't mind all that much. ;) She's showing more stranger anxiety though, so the clinginess is getting a little taxing. Hopefully it's a phase that doesn't last too too long.

She wants to be a big kid so bad, but her body hasn't quite caught up to her ambitions yet. She tries in vain to climb onto the couch, walk (but her lack of strengthened muscles and balance hold her back from actually accomplishing it), and she is dying to eat whatever we are eating, especially if it's not easily or safely converted to baby food. Soon, little one, soon!

She is definitely brave, if nothing else. Joel and I call her our "free spirit." She's not afraid to try to scale the walls of the bathtub, dive out of our arms when she's ready to be put down, or catch/taste/eat anything remotely foreign and interesting. She's also testing cause and effect for sure, mostly dropping things over ledges to see if they disappear forever. If she drops stuff enough times, I'm sure I can make it disappear forever. Don't test me, kid.

Monica also loves to dance, be tickled, suck on fabric, flip through books, and move things around to just the place she wants them to be (maybe it makes sense to her why the shoes belong there?).

Her biggest accomplishment this month: attempts at real words! She can now "say" (usually skipping consonants, but still gets enough we can tell it's a particular word and she understands the connection): hi, hello, duck, book, ball, "la la la" (short for the Sandra Boynton classic "Moo Baa La La La"), all done, Dad, and when she's really upset, "Momomomomom!"

She is popping another tooth in this week (well, at least one) which makes a solid SEVEN! I'm convinced that as adorable gummy grins are, they just get that much cuter with each addition of another tiny pearly white.

Monica has also become noticeably more affectionate. She'll now climb all of the way onto my lap and perch herself there. She loves to be touched, even if she is just playing with something nearby... she'll scoot over to Joel or me so some part of her body is touching some part of our bodies, and then just play contently. Melts my heart.

And to my sweet babe,

I wish I could put into words how much you mean to me or how teary-eyed it makes me to watch you grow. You are a beautiful little miracle, and the world is a much brighter place with you in it. Thank you for hands-free blowing me kisses, laying your head on my shoulder when you are SUPER tired, and spending so much of your free time in my arms. I miss your beautiful blue/gray eyes when you are sleeping, but that's not going to stop me from sneaking in to peek at you and Celine tonight.

I love you oh so very much,



  1. Hooooooowwww is she almost 1?!?!?! This can't be real life!!!

    1. I know! I can't believe how fast the time is going by... it feels like yesterday when she was just a little thing!

  2. Oh my goodness! She is so so sweet and and I love her obvious zeal for life. She is so happy in anything she gets into!! XOXO

    1. She is always so joyful, and usually all smiles even when we get her up in the morning (unlike her mother) ;)