I’ve been so focused lately on the fact my baby is almost a year old that I forgot his 11-month milestone. This photo so clearly captures where he’s at right now: gaining independence, moving farther away from baby and into Little Man. It breaks my heart and fills me with joy and wonder at the same time. This little guy is so very precious.
Forrest is rapidly learning to walk; his greatest joy right now is to hold my hands and walk, walk, walk around, especially outside, until Mamma needs to rest because I’m a tad too tall to do that comfortably for long. He very clearly signals which direction to go too, forcibly moving his upper body and arms in the chosen direction – there’s no walking him around where *I* want to go now. He also climbs stairs like a champ so I have to watch him like a hawk or he’s up three steps in a flash and wants to come back down face first.
I’m not sure I’m ready for a rough and tumble (bruise, break, scratch, scrape, bump, gash) boy! I have a feeling I’ll have to get there in a hurry, though.
Soon he’ll also be telling me exactly where to go and what to do. We used to have a bedtime routine that involved rocking and watching a little soothing baby TV, but now he keeps up a running commentary with everything on the screen, seeming to ask what’s that? and look at those! and hey Momma, those (kangaroo, sheep, dogs) look like deer! He does say deer, and dog, and bottle as I’ve said before, and I swear he totally sounds like he’s saying “what’s that?” or “that?” when he points around. He is, I swear it!
I can’t believe that just a year ago I was eagerly waiting for Forrest to be born, wondering at this point if he would be early (I was SURE he would be early but I think that was my procrastinating brain urging me to get everything done and not procrastinate this time…), what he would look like, would the labor be difficult? Would he be a happy baby? Would he cry or scream all the time? Would we be good parents??! The year has passed so quickly, watching each day as my awesome little man grew and changed and captured my heart more by the minute. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Happy Independence Day! Be safe, love on your loved ones, and celebrate your independence in whatever way you need. Oh, and eat some watermelon while you’re at it. = )