Dear Pumpkin – 7 Months

Sweet girl,

You are seven months old… seven! And my goodness are you making this month count!

You’ve gotten a lot better about naps times in your crib, but sometimes still give us a little trouble during the afternoon nap. You’re starting to eat more foods including oatmeal cereal and some veggies, and aside from some pretty funny faces you’ve seemed to like everything for the most part.

A big development is that you’re officially CRAWLING! And little one, you love to move. You sometimes look like a little side-winder the way you kick your legs forward but slightly to the side. You also have a tendency of crawling forward a bit, and then plopping down on one side, legs kicked out, usually with your arm back by your hip – looking like you’re striking a little pose – and Pumpkin, it just cracks me up!

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You seemed to really enjoy making me WORK taking your photos this month! You wouldn’t sit still for more than about 2.3 seconds!

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You are still a huge fan of screaming. And you’ve got some lungs on you, sweet girl. Sometimes it’s cute/funny, and sometimes I wish I knew how to get you to stop. But at least for the vast majority of time, you’re screaming just cause you’re happy! Maybe with your sister talking so much, that’s your way to try to keep up at this point!

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You are starting to get more and more determined & showing that you know what you want. Which oftentimes is to grab/pull my hair, or a necklace, or my drink. Sometimes it frustrates you when you can’t do what you want, but you also tend to usually laugh when I quickly pull my hair/necklace away and tell you it’s not for you. Probably not the smartest thing on my part to make that a game for you, but I just can’t help it when it makes you break out into that sweet, dimpled grin of yours.

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Still no teeth yet, although you’re CONSTANTLY chewing on your index finger.

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Sunshine girl, your joy is still just as contagious as always. Seeing your whole face light up and those dimples tucking in to your cheeks makes my heart happy in ways I can’t even describe.

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(There’s that little model pose of yours!)

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This is a pretty common view for me these days, and I hope I never, ever forget it. I hope this image comes to mind as you walk a graduation stage, walk down a wedding aisle, or walk over the doorway into a new home or office. I hope I always remember these sweet days when things are simple and you want to be as near to me as possible.

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I love you to the moon and back, Pumpkin!

Dear Pumpkin – 6 Months

Sweet girl,

It can’t be real life that you’re already 6 months old… That’s halfway to a year already! What!?! Time is flying by so quickly, little one.

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You’re doing a good job sleeping in your crib at night now, but nap time is another story… We’ve had plenty of loops around the house in the stroller (which completely throws your sister off that the stroller is inside instead of in the garage), and trips around the neighborhood in the car to get you to go down for your nap. We’ll keep working on it though!

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You’ve started to eat rice cereal, and you took to it right away – you’ve got your mama’s genes when it comes to food! I’m kinda hoping it keeps adding to those little thigh rolls you’re slowly getting…

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You’re scooting yourself around a lot, and it’s pretty impressive how far – and how quickly – you travel without technically crawling! You’ve even made your way over to play with your sister’s toys, so I’m sure that’s the start of plenty of complaints from her.

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These two just crack me up!

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Speaking of your sister though – you still just love to watch her. In fact the other evening you were laughing and laughing at her jumping & dancing in front of you in the kitchen, and my heart just felt like it could burst. I hope you always look up to your sister like that, and I hope she knows it. I can’t imagine a better motivation to grow into a strong, kind woman than knowing your little sister is looking up to you.

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You still love to scream just for fun & are starting to make more an more sounds everyday.

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You’re rolling back and forth like crazy now, and it definitely made for a different challenge in taking your pictures! I love the new perspective though. You’re starting to get up on all fours so I don’t think it will be too long before you’re crawling around chasing your sister & the dogs!

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My goodness, Pumpkin,  you sure are expressive. All those facial expressions just crack me up!

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And for the sake of being honest… I have to say that although you’re a VERY happy baby, you’re not always acting like my little Sunshine girl. But even when you’re having a moment, you’re still pretty darn cute.

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Pumpkin, I can’t say it enough how much joy you bring to our lives. I still can’t believe we’re already halfway to your first birthday… Thank you for 6 months of more love than I could ever imagine, and thank you for letting me be your mama!!!

Dear Pumpkin – 5 Months

Sweet girl,

You’re 5 months old! And you’re still just the sweetest little thing!

You LOVE to grab onto things  (mostly hair but you also reach down to grab onto my finger almost every time you’re eating, and it gets me right in the heart every time).

You continue to be one of the most joyful babies – you rarely have fussy moments unless you’re hungry or getting really tired. The rest of the time is you “singing” to yourself, smiling & doing your funny little laugh.

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I know it’s probably early, but I think that you’re going to have a pretty good sense of humor! You’ve started to do a little fake cough type thing, and you crack yourself up everytime. It’s adorable, Pumpkin.

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You’ve reached a big milestone in being able to roll over. You roll much better from your tummy to your back, but you’ve rolled from your back to your tummy once too (perhaps with a little help from the edge of the carpet). Your sister gets so excited when you roll over, yelling “She did it! SHE DID IIIIIT!”

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In addition to rolling over, you’re doing little baby crunches all. the. time. If you’re in your little play mat/jungle gym, you’ll wiggle yourself over to one of the little posts and pull yourself up on it – you make me feel like I need to work on my core to keep up with you!

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That poor sticker doesn’t really stand a chance! It lasted longer on there before you noticed it than I thought it would, but once you found it – it went straight to your mouth!

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You’re still loving playing with your feet and toes, and it’s pretty darn cute to watch!

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I’m still hoping we’ll get to a more consistent sleep schedule at night (and that you pick the routine where you sleep alllll night), but for now I’m just reminding myself to enjoy the extra 1-on-1 time and snuggles with you while I can.

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Little one, thank you for letting me be your mama. Thank you for your contagious joy, and for the continual reminder for me of what is truly important in life. I love you to the moon & back!!

Nacogdoches photographer images of daughter, Pumpkin, at 5 months old