Friday, September 28, 2012

9 months old

Well, Severen has officially been outside my belly for as long as he was inside. We celebrate his 9 month birthday this weekend! This is a photo from this morning (thanks, Dad!) The last month has been full of changes. He is crawling and walking by holding on to our fingers. He is more vocal. He likes to "talk" on his stroller rides and he laughs easily. He eats lots of foods but especially likes broccoli and mango. He loves to open the laundry shoot door and inspect the latch. He loves to eat fuzzies off the floor.

Every month I think, "This is it. This is the best time for us. This is the peak." And then the next stage comes along and I think it all over again.

He is very attached to me at the moment which I don't mind at all. I recognize that this is a very, very short stage and that sooner than I care to admit, he will be off and running and not needing his mama in the same way. So I am enjoying the extra love and cuddles. And I'm getting used to having him sit in the hallway while I go to the bathroom.

I am feeling less overwhelmed now. Let's say, two out of seven days (it used to be all seven!) Whatever maternal synapses and neruo-pathways (and coping mechanisms) I've been forging these last several months are finally sparking along at maximum capacity. There are days when I feel invincible. There are also days that I sob at my desk and wish my family lived closer to help us out. I don't expect this to change. I think being a little manic is part of being a parent.

My overwhelming emotion these days is pride. I am so proud to be Severen's mom. I'm so excited that he is on our family team! I want a bumper sticker that says, "My little boy is awesome." I want a t-shirt with his little face on it. Most importantly, I totally get why some moms wear giant, shiny buttons of their kids' sports team photo.  I used to think that was so dorky but now, oh yes I'm gonna be wearing one of those. Probably with a jeans jacket and some mom jeans. Awwww yeah.

Next week on the blog . . . 
Halley's comet jewelry
Severen's new favorite toy
A biggish shop update


Anne said...

Dude. I had these EXACT thoughts this week. I'm going to be that mom who cries at every school event and who talks about her son constantly.

I'm cool with it.

Paul Metler said...

It just gets better and better, then you have grand kids and it gets better and better. Enjoy each moment and each stage. The wonder of a small being never loses it's wonder and delight.

F said...

I'm having a hard time not dwelling on these fleeting moments. I keep thinking of every one as the last and so it is sad. When I should be looking forward to what's coming.

Although thinking all the way ahead to sports team buttons for me is not even possible right now. However, I will take one of those "My Kid is Awesome" bumper stickers!

Jo said...

Go Duff! This is a great string of thoughts.

oh, albatross said...

your little boy is awesome, but more so, i want to say you are. i love your forthrightness and honesty... it's refreshing & endearing and strangely makes me more comfortable with the thought of having children. soldier on, duff!

Emily said...

He is such a lovely looking little guy! Well done, Duff :)

Anonymous said...

However, you'll accessorize the mom jeans with awesome jewelry thus creating a new trend! Your little boy is handsome. Enjoy every second! Our own little boy, at age six, is so darn independent now that I miss those early days.

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