Sunday, June 17, 2007

Clara's 11 Months

Dear Friends,
I see you found our Clara-monthly at it's new location, my blog. It's just easier for me to keep it all in one place.

Yesterday our baby girl was 11 months. We skipped her update last month in lui of Ben's 3rd Birthday so I have tons to report. She's crawling up a storm now. She finally moved from the army crawling she did forever to being up on her knees right around 10 months. She gets a bit faster every day and she's constantly into things now. She's pulled up a couple of times but not in the last week.

She talks all the time now and makes all these funny expressions like she knows what she is saying. She will imitate us saying Mama, Dada, Baba (bottle) etc. but the only word I think she actually uses on her own is Dada; and maybe mama but that may be wishful thinking on my part. She even tries to imitate us singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and some of the notes are right. I wonder if she will be musical like her big sister. She has 6 teeth and is still a wonderful eater. She ate waffles and strawberries for breakfast this morning.

Now that she's mobile she and Ben are starting to develop a more traditional sibling relationship. They alternate between playing sweetly together (which really melts my heart) and her driving him crazy and requiring me to referee. Brandon and Allison are even starting to appreciate this new social, mobile Clara.

I am having a hard time dealing with her turning one next month. Each time I start talking about it I tear up. Our last time as parents of a baby is coming to an end, so I am trying to soak up all of her baby-sweetness before it is gone. I even hear Shane say things like "You don't have to walk anytime soon, Clara, you just take your time".

Well before this deteriorates into snivelling sap, thanks for reading Clara's monthly journal. We are blessed to have so many people who care about us.



Don and Lynn said...

Clara is so beautiful! I'm not in a big hurry to have mine grow up either!

painted maypole said...

thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and for the warm welcome. So funny, because i think it was just yesterday that I checked you out, also linking to you from Slouching Mom. ;) (I left a comment in your post about Grace, which struck a cord, as did the VBS posts, since i just ran the 150 kid VBS at my church. whew!)

I'll be back!

Christine said...

Oh she is wonderful, Joy! It makes me ache a little bit as my "baby" will be three in August.

And I was a teary mess on both of the kids' 1st birthdays. I could barely hold it together! I think it is just natural to rejoice in their health and growth while still hurting (just a little) to see them become toddlers.

Ahhhhhh!!! i miss my babies!

Beck said...

She's a beautiful baby! We nearly called The Baby Clara, by the way - you have EXCELLENT taste!
Thanks for visiting me!

slouching mom said...

She is absolutely beautiful. It is one of the sadnesses of my life that I won't have a baby girl. That last photo is gorgeous.