Dear Clara – 8 Months

1 Jun

I have a lot of catching up to do on posting, but I thought I’d start with this.

Dear Clara,

8 months old. Where has the time gone? You are getting so big. I think I start all my little letters to you this way, but it is true every time. You are growing like a weed!

You love to eat! I can’t believe you are still as skinny as you are with how much you eat. You love watermelon, pineapple (especially grilled with some cinnamon on it), black beans, squash, cheese, and strawberries. Really you are a fruit monster. You love any fruit you try, which is awesome, and I hope that continues through your whole life. Fruit is good for you. Remember that. I was so proud last week when you passed over puffs (or baby crack as we call them) in favor of broccoli and green beans. I can’t say that I would have made the same choice, but I’m glad that you did.

I can’t take my eyes off you anymore, because you are very mobile. Right now you army crawl all around our living room and kitchen. I had to take the baskets out from under our coffee table because you kept sliding over there and pulling them out to get to whatever was in them. I’d already cleaned them out, but I’m sort of afraid you’re going to pull the basket on top of your big old head and hurt yourself. So they are temporarily being used as storage for my yarn in the craft room upstairs. I also put outlet protectors in all the outlets downstairs, and tied up all the lamp cords so you can’t get to them. Because you would definitely try.

You are so curious. You love to look around and always want to know just what is going on. I call it the fear of missing something. You definitely have it. Iphones, computers and remote controls are some of your favorite things. Actually, the first time you “crawled” you were going after the remote. I guess it’s telling of the time you’re growing up in. But don’t expect to have a cell phone for a while…..

Just today you started waving hello to people. We were walking over to World Market, and you were waving hello to all the cars and the people who walked by us. You love people, and I think you’re going to end up being an extrovert. Last night we went to a cookout with some of our neighbors. You were pretty quiet while we were there, but when we got home, you were out of control! Laughing, jumping around on our bed, and just acting all hyper. It was actually pretty hilarious.

You can sit up if I just barely hold your feet down, and then if I put my hands out, you’ll grab them and pull yourself up. I have a feeling you might just skip the normal “crawling” stage and go straight to running all around the house. You’ll walk all over the downstairs if I just hold your hands a little bit. And sometimes you’ll let go of my hands and stand there for a minute all by yourself. You want so badly to walk, and you get really frustrated when you can’t get to something you want by crawling around.

Last week we were at the beach with my family, and you got your first swim lessons from your grandad. You loved the pool and spent hours splashing, being dunked under the water, floating around in your little float, and “jumping” off the side of the pool into my arms. You actually really loved being dunked, and would get really excited and flap your arms when we would count to three before dunking you. Toward the end of the week you started to close your eyes and hold your breath even before we blew air in your face. And when you came up out of the water, you would always try to drink the water as it dripped down your face. Silly.

The beach was another story, however. You did not like the waves one bit. I get it – that water moves all on its own… and that’s kinda scary. You did better toward the end of the week though, and even sat in the sand for a while. You’ll be a beach girl yet.

I do have a question though. What in the world is up with you saying “dada” so sweetly and then in the next breath saying “mama” in a growly devil voice? I don’t really like that. I would like a sweet “mama” every now and then, ok?

Blowing bubbles is a new fun activity. You actually like to blow bubbles with your spit. Awesome. And you like to watch the bubbles fly through the air when I blow bubbles with the wand.

It’s so fun to watch you experience new things – tastes, locations, activities. I love watching your eyes as you see something new and try to figure out how it works and whether or not you like it. The fresh perspective and the wonder in your eyes is really amazing. Don’t ever lose that. Always look at things the way you do right now.

I guess I need to start planning your 1st birthday party… it’ll take me a while to figure out what I want to do. You don’t really have any particular interests yet, aside from eating and getting in to everything you’re not supposed to…. so… hmmm.

You’re a beautiful and amazing little girl. Daddy and I love you very much! We love to see how you’re growing up, and we hope we’re doing an ok job.


One Response to “Dear Clara – 8 Months”

  1. Joye June 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    so sweet! i’ve seen some really cute ideas for parties centered around “the very hungry catepillar” … sounds appropriate! 🙂

    happy 8 months, clara!

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