Thoughtful Thursdays: Letters to Jacob

September 22, 2011

Dear Jacob,

I haven't been very good about consistently writing you these letters. I hope to do better, but life gets crazy sometimes!

 Your daddy will be home in one week! I know we have both missed him SO much!! You have been such a good boy while he has been in Brazil for work. And it has definitely been nice living with Maudy. She loves to play with you when she gets home from work, and that gives me a much needed break. Speaking of breaks, last weekend you stayed with Mimi and Papaw for the first time. They said you were wonderful all weekend. I am so happy that, so far, we haven't really had any separation anxiety issues. I keep waiting for it to happen, but so far, so good.

You are at such a fun age right now. Every day you are learning something new. Just within the last week, you have started recognizing people's names, and will look in their direction when I ask you. Like at lunch last week, I asked you “where's Maudy?”, and you looked right at her. Then I asked you “where's Lulah?”, and you looked down beside your highchair (Lulah's favorite place during mealtime). You also understand the word 'no' more and more, but also seem to think it is a game. You LOVE to try to crawl into Darlin's dog bed. You will be playing across the room, and suddenly you decide you want to be in the dog bed. You will take off as fast as you can, making a beeline for the bed, giggling the whole way....because you know you aren't supposed to go there. Little stinker!

 

You are also (I think) starting to try to wave bye-bye. Right now, it is more just a hand up in the air, but you are learning. It is really cute when you are crawling and trying to wave. Sometimes this causes a face plant. That isn't fun, but it results in a rare cuddle time. I don't want to 'baby' you, and instead, have you tough out these little bumps and boo-boos, but I just can't resist when you crawl into my lap seeking comfort. You are definitely not a cuddler, except when you get hurt. And I can't help but take advantage of these rare, and quickly passing, cuddles.

You have also stood on your own for a few seconds at a time. And we have the pictures to prove it! We have to distract you with toys or puffs so you don't realize what you are doing. It won't be long now before you are walking!

 

I feel so incredibly blessed to get to stay at home with you and spend so much time, just you and me. Saturday, you will be 10 months old. I can't believe how quickly your first year of life is going by. I know I will treasure this time we have had together.

I don't know when you will read these letters, but I feel it is important to make sure you know how much I love you. It seems like every time I turn around lately, I am hearing about another tragedy. There are no promises in life, and we definitely aren't guaranteed a tomorrow. Know that you have brought incredible joy into my life, and already I can tell you are an amazing human with a lot to offer to the world. I don't ever want there to be a doubt in your mind that you are loved, you are loved, you are loved.

 

Love,

Mom

(All photos courtesy of Pop and KK.  Edits done by me, because I am a sucker for black and white!)