My dearest, sweet, little Emma Kate,
You are 10 months old baby. It is nothing short of mind-boggling. 10 months!! Part of me aches to watch you grow so fast. Some days I long for that newborn who slept and cooed and watched the world behind those beautiful eyes. But then the other part of me can’t wait to see you grow. To watch you accomplish all that you can. I try to cherish each and every day, even when they seem monotonous. But they really aren’t. You learn something new everyday. You may not be a newborn anymore, but you still watch the world from behind your beautiful eyes and it is fascinating to see you learn.
You are straight up adorable. That’s all there is to it. You started singing this month. Your Grandy and Ash taught you to sing “la, la, la”.
You do motions to The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and you really wash that spider out! And the sun comes out with your little arms reaching way up to the top of your beautiful head. You are all grins too. You are sure proud of yourself when you do something big like that.
You clap your hands along with “When you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands”, and you still love your books. You’re favorite has always been Pete the Cat–I Love My White Shoes. Your Grandy bought you a Pete the Cat stuffed doll and your aunt Jo got you Pete the Cat–Rocking My School Shoes and you love reading them with somebody or by yourself.
You’ve learned how to open drawers and cabinets this month and empty them completely out. Now, you need to learn how to put it all back!
You can say mama, dada, bye-bye, night night, num-num (which means yum yum) and you started saying “Ash” plain as day. It is adorable! Now you just say it all day long. You definitely understand everything we say to you. When I ask you “Where’s Ash?” You start looking towards her bedroom here trying to find her. You can comb your hair and brush your teeth (in a perfect 10 month old way), drink from a cup (with not much spilled down the front), feed yourself with a spoon and fork (when we load it up of course), and give hugs and kisses.
Pulling up has become old hat to you now, and just this week you’ve started standing alone for longer periods– like about 8 seconds. Might not be sound long, but it is when you’re balancing huh baby? Or riding a bull, which you will never ever attempt, just so you know. I just felt like we needed to get that established right here and now. You walk all around holding on to things, like the couch, the end tables, your crib. Just like what you’ll do in the swimming pool in a few years. You love to explore and you climb the porch steps up to the door.
You are a good-natured girl who knows what she wants and doesn’t want. You don’t let anyone persuade you to do something you don’t want to do, which isn’t fun when getting your diaper changed, but will play an important role when you are a teenager.
You are beautiful, smart, happy, and loved beyond measure.
We take great delight in you, Emmy. You are our girl!