Nine Months Later…

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Sweet baby girl,

Happy nine months of life! I always dreamed I would have a baby girl, but I never could have imagined how much you have changed our lives for the better. You radiate joy to everyone, happy girl.  Your smiles not only melt our hearts; they melt the hearts of everyone we meet.

Before you were born, I wondered who you would look like. You have Mama’s hazel/blue/gray eyes (for now) and long, dark eyelashes, but your eyes are slowly turning brown. Your dark hair is starting to grow out a bit. I apologize for your bald head–that’s all my fault. Daddy actually had hair when he was your age.

You still love to nurse, but you definitely want to move around while nursing. I cherish our morning nursing and  snuggles every day.  On Saturday mornings, Daddy loves to get up and play with you before Mommy gets up. You love to make silly faces, especially your scrunchy face, at Daddy (and everyone else). You love crawling out of your room and dancing nude at the top of the stairs (I am usually giggling from the couch) when Daddy is trying to get you ready for bed. You love when Grandma plays Patty Cake with you and you love giving Grandma butterfly kisses, Eskimo kisses, and Grandma kisses. Grandma occasionally rocks you to sleep and you enjoy peacefully looking at yourself in the mirror until your eyelids are so heavy that they can’t possibly stay open any longer.  You constantly show off your “wiggle fingers” to Grandpa and you enjoy going on walks with him. You love Grandpa’s backyard tours too! You enjoy rocking out when Poppi plays his guitar and you like Nonni’s rhymes in Italian.

You are an adventurous eater and blueberries are your favorite food.  You also like Grandma’s sourdough bread, mango, kiwi, asparagus, banana, pear, peas, carrots, corn, green beans, raspberries, bell peppers, beets, pasta, and everything else we put in front of you. Oh, and you love to chew on wood and metal.

Sweet baby girl, never lose your amazing joyfulness. Daddy and I will do our best to instill faith, wonder, joy, and creativity into your heart. We love you more than words can express.

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