Dear Petunia, Month Eight

My intention for this blog was to keep family and friends updated on P’s progress. That quickly changed when I realized I wanted a canvas to speak my mind and don’t want my parents or in-laws reading about it. And though I have a different set of readers it’s still my intention to document Petunia’s life. What better way than in a letter that summarizes a month or two or many in hopes that someday she will read what I have written.

Dear Petunia,

Your eighth month here on earth was filled with great accomplishments. Your eating improved vastly and you are happy to eat what I make instead of eating only food from a jar. This makes your mama happy as it is more cost effective to make your food. You are now eating only three bottles a day and three meals and you love to snack on Gerber “puffs”. You stuff a whole bunch in your mouth at once! You can drink from a sippy cup but you still want me to hold it for you.

You sleep very well now, after working on your naps for many weeks you finally will sleep an hour or two! At night you go to sleep easily after a bath, bottle and story and almost always sleep until 6:30 or 7!

You got your first fever but thankfully it didn’t last long and a week later your first cold. You were a champ through it all. We missed going to Nana and Papa’s house because you were sick. They were bummed but understood. We will visit them soon. They came up to see you since you couldn’t make it to their house and they watched you one night so mommy and daddy could go out together. I think you had a pretty good time and even giggled for them! You haven’t even done that for your parents yet so I was pretty jealous.

You hair is still light brown or dirty blonde and it’s getting some curls, which I think is cute but you may not when you are older. So far your eyes are staying blue. You do a lot of babbling mostly mama (of courseJ) and dada too. Sometimes you even throw in a gaga or just a whole heap of mumbo jumbo. You sometimes get frustrated quickly and grunt to show us you are not happy in your current situation.

You love to roll around on the floor and have mastered the art of rolling. That is how you get around currently although I think crawling is right around the corner. You can stay on your hands and knees for quite some time and even in the last few days have begun moving forward just centimeters but crawling will come quickly, I ‘m sure, and then what do I do? When left alone you will find a way to get to the stereo and speakers or space heater but your favorite is the pile of magazines and you usually choose to chew on People. Ah, you do take after your mama.

You are in a music class and love it. You clap your hands and dance and smile. We sing silly songs to you and the other kids. You play with lots of instruments. We even have the CD at home and when I sing the songs to you, you just light up. We are in class with your two friends, G&G. Sometimes you like to play with them instead of listen to the music but I think that’s quite alright. Now when we go to church and sing songs you instantly start to kick your legs and boogie! Speaking of church, each week we put you in the crawler class but you don’t last very long. It might be separation anxiety but you would much rather be with mom and dad. One day you will be very excited for children’s church.

We took our first long drive without daddy to see some friends just an hour north of our town. You did so great. We sang your songs from music class and you played with your car seat strap and even though this was the worst day of your cold you had a pretty good time. Your friend, S, liked you right away and wanted to share your bottle and snacks.

You had your 9 month check up and the dr. said you looked great. You are healthy and still a big kid, you weighed in at 19.1 lbs. and 28 Ā¾ inches long 75% for weight and 95% for height. You do have a bit of a rash and the Dr. said it was probably eczema. It doesn’t seem to bother you so that’s good. We got hydrocortisone cream and Lubriderm lotion to make it better. Doc. isn’t sure if its food related so we have to watch and see if eating something makes it worse. I hope it goes away soon.

Petunia, I think that is most of what has happened in the last month. I hope I didn’t leave too much out and I hope to continue this tradition until you’re on your way to college.

I love you with all my heart.



2 Responses to “Dear Petunia, Month Eight”

  1. So sweet. We loved being part of her eighth month. šŸ™‚

  2. I think this is such a sweet idea. I hope you really do have the opportunity (and let’s be honest, the time) to keep this up. These letters will be priceless to her someday, and a great memories for you.

    Oh, and hi! I stumbled across your blog and just started reading. I really like it šŸ™‚

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