My sweet Mabel June,
You are now 11 months old. How is it even possible that it's almost your birthday? it seems like just yesterday you were barely able to keep your eyes open and couldn't take any food by mouth and now here you are downing an entire half of an avocado without batting an eye.
You love your sisters, but are also not always enthralled with their antics, like when they jump all over you, try to make you laugh or sing really loud in your face. You have also started singing, LALALALA and humming/singing yourself to sleep. Its amazing and adorable. (now go to sleep!)
The weather is still fantastic here, so you are taking the opportunity to crawl around naked as much as possible. Your butt is pretty much the cutest butt in all of butt-town.
You LOVE the playground. Well, you love watching big kids and the swing. A LOT.
Lucy loves to take you down the slide. You don't always love it but you tolerate it.
Your smile is this amazing thing that can make any rough day wonderful. You are SUCH a happy kid (unless you are tired, or hungry or your sisters are annoying you), and you share your love freely with many people. If someone smiles at you, you are very likely to smile back.
This series of photos perfectly explains our entire family unit as it exists currently. Sorry kid, you're the baby of the family and sometimes you get a little smushed. But we love you more than you'll ever know.
Lucy tried to teach you how to play ball. You were thrilled with the idea but you didn't get it. You have started clapping (and actually getting to make a sound with your hands, not just flail them together) and your sisters are so excited trying to get you to do it!
Your mom is a complete dork. But your eyes in this photo are perfection.
You had your first pumpkin patch trip! You wore the pumpkin hat that I made for Ruby for HER first pumpkin patch trip and it was pretty awesome.
You sat on some huge tires
And ate some of a HUGE apple
And saw a huge view of a beautiful valley
And had lots of milk. As per usual.
This month you started standing unassisted for a few seconds at a time. You don't do it often so I suspect that walking is a few months away still but you are slowly testing the waters of what you can do with your body. You've also started using some sign language. "More" and "all done" are the two you have thrown out there, and again you don't use them all the time, but when you do we all get pretty excited!
Some days you only want to be held by mama, and so does your sister… so those days we do this. It's as uncomfortable as it looks.
My darling baby, you are the light of my every day. It's hard to remember life without you as part of our family, and yet you haven't' even been here an entire year yet. Every one who knows you can't get enough of you, and I am at the top of that list.
Thank you for joining our family, all my love, Mama