I have a sacred memory. Meggie and I were at my frousin's house during one of Kyle's deployments. My head was in my hands, drooped over their kitchen table, sick as a dog from my 8 week old pregnancy. Meggie, at 14 months, zoomed from the front of their house to the back, from the back of the house to the front, already running me off my feet - that girl never walked a day in her life. In between waves of nausea, I blinked up at my cousin and whispered:
"All I can do is pray that this baby is slooooooooow. Do you hear me?!? I just want a slow baby. Two like the one I already have is going to do me in. I just know it."
My head fell back onto the table.
Just like we needed, our Alice Virginia's taken her time in all major developments: sleeping, eating, rolling, moving - you name it. Since we found out about our move two weeks after she was born, we've been speaking over her: oh please, oh please, oh please don't crawl until we get there and settled in.
Guess what? She obliged. AV rolled from her back to her front for the first time within a few weeks of our arrival...and at closing in on 11 months - crawled FOR REAL for the very first time today. In reach of a bright yellow duck on the floor of a bathroom during the middle of our first spouses' get together with the squadron.
Our baby girl did it! And we're just as proud as we can be...as well as mourning a little that our days of setting her down are over. We've had more of our fair share of that for the last 11 months...guess it balances out our early first walker. :)
As a good friend once told me: it's batten down the hatches time, now.
I rounded out the last of the 12 days worth of mommy moments photography challenges today. I blogged individually about day #1, day #2, day #7, and day #8, but as the deadline's on Friday, I thought I better just lump all the rest into one post.
I'm no real photographer, but I've had the best time trying to capture these loves of mine in new and authentic ways.
|We read. I especially love AV's fingers, toes, and dress full of drool here.|
Day Two: Puts a Smile on my Face OR Feelings
|Meggie pushing her baby doll.|
Day Three: Depth of Field
|I think she looks straight out of Anne of Green Gables.|
|I also loved this one of Meggie and her baby doll. Check out that wind!|
|Made with LOVE: both the girl and the drawing.|
Day Five: Just Can't Get Enough
Day Six: Interesting View Point
|Interesting View Point: AV through the pack-and-play|
Day Seven: Messy Moments
|AV crying because her paints were taken AWAY! (after she was discovered to be eating them. :) )|
Day Eight: Things that make you go Hmmm? or Yummm!
|Meggie enjoying a sand ice cream cone.|
Day Nine: Rule of Thirds
|watching the tractor work...|
Day Ten: Being Silly
Day Eleven: Object(s)
|Objects: a foot, a flower, a doll baby's hand|
Day Twelve: Thankful/Blessed
I'm thankful for these girls in our home by the seashore.
And you know I had to throw these two of my precious free spirit in for good-measure:
|dancing in the ocean|