I keep wondering to myself, when are you going to crawl? Then, in the same moment, I think to myself that I don't want you to crawl yet. I want you to stay my itty-bitty baby. As selfish as it may seem, I want you to stay little, that way you'll always have a smile for me when you see my face; you'll always choose me over anybody else, and I'll always be your "safe place". I know that can't happen, but I wouldn't mind it if it did. As soon as you start crawling you'll start trying to pull yourself up, and from there walking, or perhaps straight into running. You'll soon realize that there is a whole big interesting world out there past Mommy-n-Daddy Land.
UNTIL THEN....Happy 7 months Babycakes!! It's so fascinating to see your little mind put together cause and effect. For example: you have now put together the cause of you whining will get the effect of a glance of attention from either myself or your father. May I also note that said whining stops as soon as you get the glance you're looking for and then promptly resumes when what you consider to be appropriate actions are NOT taken. Of course, you're absolute favorite cause and effect is with your toys: the one's that spin, the one's that talk, the one's that rattle, and most favorite the one's that are easy to grab and bang against surfaces.
You may be asking, "but Mom, what is my latest and greatest milestone development?!" Well, in the last month you have become much more mobile, though you aren't crawling yet, you have discovered the art of rolling, army crawling, and slight scooting on your bottom. None of them are mastered yet, but I predict in the next month you'll have those mastered and be well on your way to getting into things that you ought not to.
OH, I almost forgot! Just in the last week, you have been answering "where's Babycakes?" Ha ha, let me explain. Behind us on the wall above our couch is a framed 8x10 of you, and you've established the understanding that that is a picture of you! You're quite vain as a matter of fact. Anytime you see a picture of yourself you smile, squeal, and bounce with delight. But now, when I ask you "Where's Babycakes?" you search around with a goofy grin on your face till you find that 8x10 on the wall, and once you've spotted the picture you smile and jump up and down!
As you can see in this photo, your eyes are looking more and more like mine. Your eyes are my favorite of your facial features :-) ha ha, not because they look like mine, but because they still shine with joy and delight whenever you smile. I revel in the beauty that is your joy, because I've seen so many faces, adult faces, that even when they smile, there's no light in their eyes. I pray that you keep that joy that lights up your face!
Another major milestone! You, my dear, are cutting teeth. FINALLY! You've been teething for almost 5 months, and just two weeks ago they cut through. Yes, I said 'they'. You are cutting both your bottom front teeth at the same time. I'm so excited to take pictures of your toothy grins when they're all the way in. Also, I would like to thank you, because this was the easiest introduction to teething EVER! Sure you were a tad fussy and your nose sprung a leak, but otherwise you were great! Downside is since they've cut through, you've discovered biting...something I fear we're going to have to get rather stern about.
Ya know what the best part about all of this is? The amazing memories I'm making with you. I'm getting to be here to see all your 'firsts'. Daddy got one of my firsts; he got to hold you first in the hospital, but that's ok, because I believe you changed him forever. When your Daddy held you, his whole world changed and he has sworn that he will keep you safe always. Every day, multiple times a day, your Daddy tells you how beautiful you are and how much he loves you. And you are beautiful, my dear! Your laughter brightens my days, and your love for us is so beautifully pure.
Of all the things you will question in your life, our love for you, I pray, will never be one of them.
Things may not always be great and times will undoubtedly get rough, but remember this verse below:
Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
And remember this: you have our love always, but more importantly, you can have the never-ending, unconditional love of the Almighty Father. Cling to HIM, humans will fail you, your Father and I at some point will probably fail you in some way, but the Lord will never fail you. With Jesus any hard time can be triumphed over and any storm can be weathered.