Peter, 9 Months

Sweet boy, you are 9 months old today.  You have spent about as much time in the world apart from me as you did inside my belly.  It’s pretty unreal.  I remember the day I found out you were on your way as if it were a couple of weeks ago.  And now you are here, bigger than a lentil or a kidney bean or an avocado (we measured your growth by food, you know), with a personality and lots of blonde hair and beautiful blue eyes.  It is a wonder.

Peter-love, you are getting into lots of stuff these days, and your dad and I should really be baby-proofing.  You pull yourself up on everything, and I find you after every nap standing in your sleep sack, gnawing on your crib or just bouncing and babbling with a huge grin on your face.  I can’t help but laugh and smile so big I get tears in my eyes when I pull you out of your crib, you’re so cute.  It’s one of my favorite parts of the day.

Speaking of smiling, you have 6 (very sharp) teeth!  You did bite while nursing for a little while, but it’s gotten to be less (and I am grateful!)  You’ve been so happy getting those teeth too, with no extra fuss.  You’re such a happy baby!  You are now clapping and waving and pointing to Mama’s nose and Daddy’s nose (after we set an example for you), and it’s precious.  We ask you for kisses and you sometimes oblige, although these kisses can sometimes end with a bit of a chomp.  We’re working on it!

You got your first fever this month when we were at Grandma & Pop Pop’s in Baltimore, and it just about broke my heart.  But you still laughed and smiled and were a delight to everyone who got to meet you while we were there.

We finally got a rocking chair for your room, and you will actually sit still and cuddle and read books.  Daddy and I both love spending time like this with you.  I love nursing you there, too, even though you’re almost too big to lay across my lap while I’m sitting in it.  We still tip-toe into your room every single night to gaze at your sweet sleepiness, and whisper about how darn adorable you are.

You light up our lives, darling boy.  I’m so glad I get to be your Mama!   I love you so much.

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Christmas

A Christmas update!  Sorry for the lateness.  But, it’s never too late to enjoy pictures of the little boy, right?  And he is very much a little boy now, and not so much a baby (crying my eyes out right now).  Seriously, he was pulling himself up the earlier in the week, smiling with those 6 goofy teeth of his, bouncy like a crazy, and I looked over at Patrick with tears in my eyes and said “When did we become the parents of a BOY??  Patrick, I’m like, crying right now.”  To which Patrick patiently said, “I know, hon.  I know you are crying.”  Some variation of this conversation happens pretty much every day, with me expressing how emotional I am about Peter growing up and Patrick acknowledging (and laughing at) it.  Anyhow.  CHRISTMAS!

After Peter sleeping through all of Thanksgiving dinner, he was way more fun at Christmas than I expected him to be.  He loved ripping paper off of his presents, and was a good sport about being passed around and smooched and forced to wear a Santa hat during much of the gift-giving.

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Peter tolerating a smooch from Auntie Bethie

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Peter made us a pillow! The wreath was done with his little handprints! Thanks, Mom and Dad!

One of my favorite gifts (besides the sweet pillow from my boy) was a set of knobs for a dresser Patrick and I painted in the fall.  They look awesome.  I will post pictures soon!  Oh, and our MOST favorite and practical gift was a new mattress from Patrick’s parents.  We’ve had it for over a week now and it is SO much better than the free one we’ve been sleeping on since we got married 4 1/2 years ago!  You can’t put a price on a good nights sleep, people.

Peter got a bunch of cute clothes from both sets of grandparents and aunts and uncles, including these hilarious long johns:

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To be honest, not having extra money this year for Christmas this year made me a little bit sad and mopey.  But because of it, there was no mad dash to the mall to get presents, no extra stress.  We had such a sweet time with family, and we loved giving them our homemade gifts that we worked hard on the weeks prior to Christmas (a CD of Christmas songs that we recorded after baby was in bed, framed photos that were taken in the fall by our friend, and “coupons” for dinner at our place… haha!).

A few days after Christmas we drove down to Baltimore to see Patrick’s side of the family and lots of friends.  Patrick and Peter both had fevers during our trip, but we were able to spend some quality time with lots of people that we miss and love dearly, as well as introduce Peter to extended family that he hadn’t met yet.  It was especially joyous to see Peter and his cousin Samara interact and “play” together.  They are both so active, I think most of the pictures I took of them are blurry! IMG_9423 IMG_9451

‘Twas a sweet holiday season, and I’m sad it’s over.  January is rough, man.  Thankfully, the weather has been pretty mild so we’re able to get outside pretty often.  The days are still too short.  However, we’re looking forward to a last-minute visit from my father-in-law and sister-in-law this weekend, who are going to the Ravens-Patriots game on Sunday!  Enjoy the long weekend, everyone!