Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Eleven Months

From this: To this:

We are practicing blowing out candles at our house. Meg has made it very clear she doesn't want to be one of those babies who doesn't know what to do when her big moment comes. Yes, she knows that no matter what she does people will adore her, but she wants to knock the crowd on their butts. Lord knows she knocks Ryan and me on our butts every day.

Every time we look at her, we are amazed. When we wake her up in the morning we are glad to see her. When we put her to sleep at night we miss her. We love watching her eat, and sleep, and make messes. We even love it when she shows her growing attitude, slapping at our hands when we try to do her hair or wipe her nose; or watching her bare butt as she crawls away at lightning speed mid diaper change.

I saw a newborn baby in the grocery store the other day, and I felt a slight pull for the baby Meg used to be. You know, the type you could put down and walk away, and the type that didn't bite your shoulder when you try to cuddle. Then I looked down at the near toddler in my cart, the one with the runny nose trying to gnaw on the cart handle, and I smiled. I have gotten to see every moment from cuddly newborn to now, and I will get to see every other moment too. I can't tell you how lucky that makes me feel.

I said "give Mama a kiss." And she did. A big, wet, sloppy one with a smacking sound at the end. Best. Kiss. Ever.

Oh, how I love my girl.

30 comments:

Megan said...
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Melistress said...

She is just the sweetest thing ever. I actually like babies better between 6 and 12 months. They have went from flattened to round and pudgy and cute all over.

Your daughter is gorgeous and she is very lucky indeed to have such loving and gushing parents.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

And you're making us love her too, you evil woman. ;o)

Kim said...

Are you hiring an event coordinator for her birthday party? I hear Oprah's guy does a good job.

Ash said...

aww hope she'll know how to blow out the candle on her bday. my bubba also runs away from the diaper. :)

~ash's mum

Selma said...

Look at those cheeks. She is the cuteness to the max. I wouldn't care if she dribbled on the candles instead of blowing them out, she is so adorable. Awwww.

Eternally Distracted said...

arghhh, she is gorgeous. Lovely, lovely post :0)

Me, You, or Ellie said...

She's a woman!
So gorgeous.

Ellie

FabuLeslie said...

Adorable! She's grown so much! I would imagine you wonder where the time goes.

She Said said...

Dammit, Libby. You are supposed to make me laugh. Not cry.

It warms my heart to see you treasure every moment. They grow SO fast. I know, cliche right? Well, I speak from experience. I have a step-son I am having a graduation party for this week. Holy. Hell.

BugginWord said...

We have so much in common! I chew on shopping cart handles and practice blowing things, too.

I'm not that cute, though.

LL Cool Joe said...

Cute photo, cute post! Time rushes by, it won't be long before she's lighting the candles herself. :)

Hippo Brigade said...

With my first, each stage of her baby-ness, I would find myself saying, "This is my favorite stage." I'm still saying that about her, and she's three. There's always something awesome about watching them grow.
It just keeps getting better.

Cheers Meg!
Oh, and Meg, you have awesome hair.

Mouthy Housewife said...

WHY would you write that when you knew a hormonal mother of boys who are now 6 and 8 and no longer do adorable things like crawl and lick cats is going to read this?

--Wendi

mylittlebecky said...

so. cute. want to squeeze her!

JenS said...

How beautiful!

Jill VT said...

She is really gorgeous. She is at the age when I start thinking I want another baby...stat!!

Jules said...

I love, love, love her! And that pic!!!!!

Sam said...

She is almost to the age I recognize. All that time with the not moving I know not of. ;)

At whatever age, she's a beautiful baby.

Joy said...

What a sweetheart! My little girlie is 8 months. So much fun, but happening all too fast!

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

She is so beautiful! And so smart. I'll bet she blows out that candle on the big day.

Granny Annie said...

Great description of the memories all parents cherish. You made that time fresh in my memory and I could almost feel that special, sloppy kiss.

Summer said...

Awwwww. She's adorable. Candle blowing practice. I love it!

Waiting Lisa said...

Aww. Beautiful post.

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

Those wet, sloppy kisses are the best. She is such a cutie and they grow fast. It sounds like you are truly enjoying every moment of it - messes and all!

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

She is adorable! And yes, they grow so fast. Seems like just yesterday my babies were babies. Now they are 22 and 17. In the blink of an eye.

just making my way said...

She grows more beautiful every day! I love those sloppy kisses too.

Enjoy it all!!

Alyssa said...

Wow! What a dramatic change! Congratulations on that upcoming birthday. Meg is just too cute; her cheeks just want to be kissed. You can see how darling and sweet she is.

a Tonggu Momma said...

She is absolutely precious, Libby... too cute for words.

Dunc said...

aw, i love it - 11 months already? wow!