Ellie, you are halfway to one year old. And then you’ll be halfway to two, and then halfway to 4, and then to eight, and then to sixteen. Woah. BUT! Now you are still a baby.
You move constantly. Your legs may run in place or do the bunny hop, or just curl up into a crunch. Even when you’re asleep, you jerk your legs around. I hope this is a short phase, though, because you wake yourself up. You can roll both from back to front and front to back, but you do it only occasionally. You can sit, but when you get excited, you push your legs out and end up on your back. You still prefer to stand and bounce, bounce, bounce. Just 2 days ago, you sort of army-crawled forward about a foot. This does not bode well in our yet un-childproofed house.
You love to suck on your toes, especially the big toe of your right foot, and while chewing on it, your other leg waves around like a lonely flag. When on your back, you lift up your head and feet hold a long crunch. You grab at everything, and then explore it with your tongue. Yesterday, you may have eaten as much as 1/20th of a banana!
You give big hugs, holding on to my neck, sometimes kissing (tasting) my cheek, and even sometimes cuddling in. Your face lights up when you see me or your daddy show up when we’ve been gone for even moments. The other day when your daddy left the room you yelled at him. Not cried, but yelled, “Aaaah!” So he came back and read you the “Very Hungry Caterpillar”, you listened to every page, and then tried to eat the book at the end. I guess it looked delicious.
You still don’t cry much at all, but you do whine and yell. You don’t like to sleep on your own and will only nap for 1/2 hour unless I’m holding you and then you take a 2 hour nap. You love to grab and pull at my hair. This is you helping me type: ‘ hubh ,09o pGVM BT UEN VG
You are beautiful. You still have one spot of milia near your left eye, like a white freckle. Your eyes are a rich turquoise and your eyebrows raise, wrinkle and gather in the middle, making you look far too old for your age. When you smile, your tongue clicks down from the top of your mouth and then you stick it out.
We love you so much.