Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gillian Grace is 10 months old!

Dear Gillian Grace,

It's hard for me to believe that in two short months you'll be one. Where has the time gone?

On one hand, I'm thrilled to watch as you surpass all these milestones, but then there's a part of me {a big part} that is saddened by the fact you're no longer the little and completely helpless baby that relied on me for everything.

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You are quite the little adventurer, and have an independent streak as long as the Mississippi river. Fearless and stubborn, your dad and I marvel at your ability to persevere through obstacles in order to get exactly what you want. You are great at entertaining yourself, and can play for long lengths with your toys and household items. Out of all your knickknacks, the plastic eggs from your Easter basket and momma's wooden spoon are among your favorites.

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We are completely convinced that you understand the word no and do not care for it in the least. Not only will you stop what you are doing when you hear it, but you now pucker up and cry. I must admit that it hasn't gotten any easier for me to see you upset, but I've learned to decipher your true cries from your attention seeking wails. Like the best Hollywood actresses, you continue to be a chameleon adapting your mood to best suit your needs. I've watched you crank up the charm, cop a serious attitude, ham it up for an audience, and solicit sympathy with those big eyes of yours all within the same afternoon. And though you do have a flair for the dramatic, most of the time you are just as mellow and content as they come.

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You just recently conquered your first cold. I couldn't believe that we made it through the peak of cold and flu season only to catch a bug just a few weeks shy of summer. Despite feeling crummy, I was most impressed with how you handled being ill. Sure you had your moments, but the little bit of fussiness we endured while you were under the weather was nothing compared to the fussing, whining, and crankiness that some parents have to deal with on a daily basis. Even sickness is no match for your sweet temperament, we are so blessed!

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You are so close to walking, and we are just waiting for the day you muster up enough confidence to take your first steps. We can no longer walk to keep up with you when you crawl, you are just too fast! The hardwood floors do not phase you a bit as you zoom from one side of the house to the other. You continue pulling up on everything and still prefer to stand if given the opportunity.

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You've got more moves than Travolta, dancing all the time. Although I'm pretty sure you didn't inherit your rhythm from Grandad {think Steve Martin in The Jerk}, you definitely know how to shake your groove thing. Up, down, jumping, and jiving, you get such a kick out of dancing to Disney's Imagination Movers. I think I could probably sing the entire cd from memory, we listen to it that much!

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It's not surprising that you sleep as much or as well as you do, after all you are on the go most of your waking hours. You're always into something, crawling here, standing there, or dancing around. You are definitely a Southern belle in the making with all your sweet smocked clothes, ribbons, and bows, but you're a little bit of a tomboy too . You love spending time outside, getting dirty doesn't send you into orbit, and you like to play a little rough. You get the biggest kick out of catapulting yourself over our legs when we're sitting on the floor, launching yourself face first into the rug on the other side.

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You love to tumble, giggling uncontrollably as you roll across the floor. Your newest trick, headstands! For some unknown reason you cannot stop bending over, pointing your booty skyward, and putting your head on the ground. Of course you're only 10 months so your feet don't quite make it in the air, but your flexibility is impressive nevertheless! We think it's a hoot how you get so tickled by our cheering and clapping that you insist on doing at least one encore performance.

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Whether we're playing peek-a-boo, chasing you around in your walker, or pinching your cheeks, you love to laugh. You are such a bright light in our lives! Each day we get to see more and more of your personality and love the little person you are becoming. Now with only a few months left before you make the transition from baby to toddler, you better believe we'll all be savoring each fleeting moment.

You are growing up too fast...

We love you bigger than the sky,
Mom


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One Week Old

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Five Months Old

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Ten Months

Ten Month Stats

Clothes: 24 month and some 2T (depending on brand)

Weight and Height: At your 9 month check you were 22 lbs. 9oz. and 27 1/4 inches tall

Diaper: size 4- daytime and night time (We'll make the switch to size 5 night time as soon as we're out of 4s.)

Food: 24 oz of formula per day and 3 meals at the high chair
We've made the transition to table food. You favorite foods are: grits, watermelon, strawberries, grapes, scrambled eggs, pancakes, buttered pasta, and yogurt.

Teeth: 2 (bottom front)


Sleep: Two naps a day, averaging about two hours each/ Night time sleep 11-12 hours (Bedtime 7-7:30/ Wake 6:30-7)

Favorite toys: Tree swing, tunnel, push walker

You love: Spending time with Daddy, playing outside, your Taggie (This has become your security blanket, it goes everywhere with you.)




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24 comments:

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

Oh she is just adorable!!! I love that pillow, super cute! They grow way to fast I feel like I just was watching mine crawl and now she is running! *sniff*

Christina said...

She is so pretty! That is a great pillow! :) Happy 10 Months, little sweetie!

Melissa said...

She is so adorable...love the love letter to her.

Tracey said...

Happy 10 Months GiGi! :)
xoxox

Sweet Southern Prep said...

This is such a sweet message to GG. I have got to do this for my 6 month old, so I won't forget anything. I've got to work on a message for my soon-to-be 2 year old, as well. How soon we forget, that's why it's a wonderful idea to write it down! Thanks for the reminder!

alicia said...

She is such a doll. But when you mentioned the "stubborn" word I thought, oh my. Yep, I have one of those too. They grow up entirely too fast.

alicia

SassySillySpunky said...

I love these posts! It is always a amazing to me how much they change in one short month! GG is sure a keeper!!

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful post. It truly is so amazing when you watch them and see how much they are doing as still such a young age. Enjoy every minute with her...you are truly blessed.
Jenn
http://circleofloveandthecrazinessaroundit.blogspot.com/

I Do Declare said...

Of course her favorite food is grits - love it!!!!

The McCrystals said...

Beautiful!

I've only been following for a few months, but it's so amazing to me how much she's grown and changed in that short amount of time. Such a little lady.

I feel you about having mixed emotions. Bryn is this close to sitting and I want her to, but at the same time, that means she's growing up and it makes me sad.

Annie said...

Gosh...it all just goes too fast doesnt it?!? But I do think that they just get to be more and more fun as they grow!!

Just One Week said...

So adorable! My mother kept a journal of me and I treasure it. This is such a gift to your daughter :)

Stopping by to welcome you to SITS!

Reynie said...

She's getting so big! Isn't it sad... but good at the same time!

Karen said...

OMG, is she a cutie or what? I love the pictures on the pillow. I can't believe she is 10 months old. Jillian is 5 months tomorrow so I am looking forward to writing up her 5 month old post tomorrow on my day off.

Thank you so much for my award! I will gladly accept!!!

Karen

Liz said...

She is just as sweet as can be in those 10 month pictures!!! Abby weighed in at 20 lbs yesterday at 9 months :)

Spit Happens said...

She is a beautiful little girl and it's so fun to see the pictures from birth until now. What a cutie pie! I died laughing from your Steve Martin reference. The Jerk is one of my all time favorites :) You are a wonderful mother and GG is so lucky to have you!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

so i'm guessing ur planning her party now right? haha

i know what you mean about growing too fast. lily started walking early and now she runs and climbs and her latest stunt is tryin to do the splits.
we can sit and watch her for hours and be entertained...

loving the pic of miss gillian when she was 1 week old

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

You always take the best pictures! Love this and love reading all about little GG. Thanks for sharing girl!! :)

KJJ Houston said...

Happy 10 months!! Time does go so fast! time to start planning that birthday!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Happy 10 months, GG! She's so cute!

Southern Loves said...

Happy 10 Months...She is a beautiful baby!!! :-D

Ashley said...

What a cute blog! Your daughter is gorgeous! Thanks for following me. I'm still trying to get the hang of this whole blogging thing. How do you make so many friends? Many of my friends and family ready my blog but don't have a blogger account.

Erin said...

oh my goodness she is so cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Where did you get that pillow?

Christine said...

Happy 10 months!!! She is just so adorable!! Look how much she's grown! :)