Dear Clara

7 Sep

Dear Clara,

You’re 11 months old now, and have been for a few days.  We’ve had quite a bit of excitement and worry with you since you turned 11 months, but that is another post for another day.

You are turning in to quite the independent little girl.  You don’t like to sit on our laps anymore unless you are feeling sick or tired.  You would rather have your own chair and make me have flash-forwards to when you are 16 and asking for the car keys.

You are walking running everywhere now, and that hilarious crawl/butt scoot is nowhere to be seen anymore.  You’re trying to get into everything you can find.  It’s hilarious to pull everything out of my purse, gym bag, any box that’s laying around, and especially the toy bin.  Mess-maker!

You have a bunch of words now – of course there’s the standard mama and dada.  But now you also say nigh-night when you want to go to bed, yogurt, no, yes, and lots more.  I counted the other day and I think you had 9 words, but you’ve added some since then.  It’s so hard to keep track!

You’ve had your share of ER visits already, and I would really appreciate it if we could keep any future visits to a minimum.  Or at least have your issues during the day so that we can just go to the doctor’s office instead of the hospital.  Ok?  Thanks.

Because of those visits, though, we know that you weigh 21.5 lbs.  You sure don’t look it – with your tall, lean frame.

We’ve discovered that you have some drug allergies and that you don’t tolerate steroids.  Next time, could you include that info in the manual that comes with you? That would have been good to know.

You are more and more chatty every day.  You just babble and babble and you sound like you’re having a whole conversation.  If we respond to you, you’ll talk to us and it sounds like you’re asking questions and answering ours.  I really do wish I could understand what you’re saying, because it sounds very important.  I have a feeling that when you start really talking, you will be like your Aunt Rachel who was just always full of questions when she was little (and sometimes still is).

This morning you sat on my lap for a minute when you were drinking your bottle, and when you wanted to get up, you slid yourself to the edge of the chair, arched your back so that you could get your feet closer to the ground, and got down all by yourself.  It is a bittersweet moment for a mama, you know.

You no longer like for us to cut your food up for you.  You want big pieces that you can hold in your hands and take bites from.  I think you’re ready to be a big person.  I’m not ready for that yet.

You have started answering questions.  If I ask you if you want fruit, you will nod your head up and down and say “yss.” I do love that, and it makes things so much easier for me.

I’ve been planning your birthday party, and it’s going to be so much fun!  You won’t remember it, I know, but I’m having a good time planning all the little things anyway.  It’s a little surreal to think that this time last year we were still getting things ready for you to arrive and this year you are almost 1 year old, a little walking, babbling toddler.

You made it through your surgery like a champ!  You are healing up great, and the surgeon and his staff just raved about how cute you were when we went back for your follow up appointment.  Everything went perfectly, and now your daddy likes to tell people that we had your “horn” removed.  Don’t worry honey, it wasn’t really a horn.  He’s just practicing for the first time you bring home a boy.  He’ll do everything he can to scare him – because that’s what dads do.  It’s only because he loves you to pieces.

This little letter is a bit short because it has been a crazy couple of weeks, but I wanted to write to you anyway.  Next month’s letter will be nice and long, as a big milestone birthday letter should be!!

Your daddy and I love you so very much, Clara.  We are so blessed to have you in our lives, and we hope that you know how much we cherish you.

Mommy and Daddy

One Response to “Dear Clara”

  1. whimzie September 7, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    She’s precious, Clara. There’s nothing like pictures of sweet babies on the beach!

    You’ve really earned your Mom Under Pressure badge over the last few months, haven’t you? I’d love to tell you it’s smooth sailing from here, but my mama didn’t raise a liar. What I do hope is that you’ve learned that God didn’t make any mistakes when he made you Clara’s mama. You definitely have what it takes!

    Looking forward to our meeting up time one of these days!

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