I love it when I come into her room to get her up in the morning, or even just from a nap, and she looks up at me through those thick lashes with her big, blue eyes as a grin spreads across her little face. I love it even more when she gasps with delight as I pick her up, burrowing into my shoulder, babbling away about I don't even know what, but it's so happy and I know that even though she doesn't have words for it, she loves me.
I love it when she is playing in her bouncer and get so excited because she pressed a button and a song started playing that she actually starts bouncing as high as she can.
I love those quiet moments when I am rocking her before bedtime, singing lullabyes and she starts to "sing" with me, even as her eyes start to droop.
Mostly, I just love this little girl. It's so cliche and every mother in the history of the world has said this, but she is growing so fast. For reals, I feel like I just came home with this teeny baby that I had no idea how to care for, and now I am cuddling with this still sweet, but much larger baby that is growing out of my lap. But even as I say that, it is hard to remember not being a mom. Life now is so different from pre-London life. It's harder, there's a lot less sleep, and a lot less me-time. But there's so many more giggles, more snuggling, more remembering the simple (and important!) things, and so, so, so much more joy.
|This is about when we decided she'd outgrown the play mat...|
Scared face and 4th of July scared face.
|Cool new toy! (Thanks for the hand-me-down, Landon!)|
|Watching Anastasia is fun, Mom, but I'm pooped.|
Fun at Cafe Rio after the beach.
|Grandma Carrie's couch is so comfy...|
First Road Trip!
|What do you mean, I shouldn't roll around the floor at Church?|
|That was the best lunch ever!|
|Playing with my BFF, Avonlea!|
|My Peruvian hat!|
|Church is the best time for a nap.|
|We love laundry day, right Mom??|
|Awake past our bedtime. But still cute!|
|All this rolling around is wearing me out. I think I'll take a nap here.|
[All pictures taken between 3-6 months, using my cell phone.]