I'm not really sure where the late fall went, but somehow we are already in the middle of November, preparing for Thanksgiving! And I'm baffled how this can be your last month of babyhood, before you turn ONE. How did we even get through some of those extremely difficult times during your first year?
But we did, and you're happy and healthy now, and we feel so blessed.
You are still a "baby" in some ways - mostly physically, since you have about a 50% delay in your motor skills, but socially and emotionally, you are right where you should be. You definitely think you're a big girl!
And you can't wait to get up and go. It frustrates you so much to see everyone else walking around and leaving the room, especially when we leave you sitting by yourself. A pile of toys is not enough; you want people to play with!
Your new favorite game is peek-a-boo, and you squeak with delight when my face pops out from behind my hands. You also love playing with all of the glossy holiday ads that are coming in the mail now; crumpling paper rocks your world, and this entertains you for quite a bit longer than any toy you have!
You still only have two bottom teeth, but I think some more might make an appearance soon. You love to grab at your feeding tube line - it's the perfect width to get your little fingers around! - so I've been finding "replacements," such as this stethoscope from Connor's doctor set :)
I know this next month will be a blur, with Thanksgiving, Christmas preparations and of course your big birthday bash :) But just 11 short months ago, I would have given anything to know this is where we would be today - first holidays, your birthday, spending time with family and friends, reading books and playing with your brother, and thanking God every day that you are here with us.
You have certainly turned our lives around, precious girl, and very much for the better. You are a sassy thing, with lots of independence, love for your family and a big cuddle fan, and there's no one else we would choose to complete our family. You are our sweet girl, and we are so proud of you for all that you have overcome this year.