Ethan is nine months old today.
Each month flies by faster than the last one. It’s true what they say about parenting being about long days and short years – here I am, still processing the fact that I have a child in the first place, and he’s 75% of the way to his first birthday.
He crawls! He stands! He has fangs!
In the past couple of weeks, he has become so affectionate. He rests his head on my shoulder, gives hugs, bites my nose (I’m just assuming it’s out of love), and holds hands. When Adam or my mom walk through the door, he starts bouncing up and down and immediately stops whatever he’s doing to crawl over and babble to them. I love seeing this side of his personality blossom. He is so friendly to everyone he sees and always has a smile to give.
I love going out with him. It was hard for a while there – once he was out of the newborn fog but was still too small to really enjoy outings, it was difficult for me to justify a quick jaunt to the library or the mall. Now that he is so much more interactive, it is a lot of fun to watch him experience new places. We went to Williamsburg today to have lunch with some friends, where he got to see a farmer’s market, lots of cute dogs, a small army band, horses, and (best of all) a restaurant with lots of things for him to munch on. I have learned that if you want to eat the pickle that comes with your sandwich, make sure Ethan doesn’t see it.
After lunch, we visited with Ethan’s little “girlfriend”, Adele, and let the babies play for a while. They have started taking turns with their babbling and making each other laugh! It’s sweet to see how their interactions have changed since they were newborns.
That whole sappy thing about how children make you see things differently really is true. We take a lot of things for granted – it’s just part of life – but things as simple as Christmas lights or geese in the yard or a particularly soft blanket can absolutely amaze a baby. It’s fun to see how beautiful and interesting the smallest things are to Ethan, and I am starting to notice more and more details about the world around me. I know it may sound silly, but that, more than anything else, has made a huge difference in how I handle my anxiety. I have noticed a huge drop in anxiousness since Ethan started to be mobile and more interactive – I think it may be because I feel more “rewarded” in my parenting now. When I take Ethan somewhere fun and see the joy in his eyes and grin on his face, I can’t help but feel the same way.
Happy nine months, sweet baby boy. It gets better every day!