⪧ We left our life in New York City to make a new one in Provence ⪦

February 21, 2013

11 months.


11 months old. Nothing compares to this little chick. And enjoying a baby is actually something to be learned. Spending time with her means accepting enrapture, amusement, a swarm of love and frustration and boredom all at once. So, the way I've learned to drink her in most effectively is to just to submit to the moment I am spending. Let her perilously pull herself up and sit back down 25 times in the bath (3 of those times mean a delicious "kiss" from her, with her wide open mouth), let her control the spoon she is being fed from (and not the yogurt that flies), let her turn the pages of the book and mess up the story line (Colette! the little baby should be shown sleeping after she takes the bath and gets the kisses from her papa), let her conclude that standing on her own is a legitimate reason to drop back to her knees once she realizes what she is doing (even if when distracted she can do it for 60 seconds sustained), let her decide when she needs to be close and when she wants to scoot away. One of the sweetest things she does is point out the moon - when we are outside on a walk and we ask her to find it, her little finger hovers above her body and traces the sky until it stops on the moon. I am so addicted to her.

5 comments:

Maria Petrova said...

Oh Em. I'm so in love. Can't wait to hold her!!!

Marnie said...

You know, although the wonders change and become a little less frequent (or perhaps you are allowed to actively participate in them less and less - depending on the personality of your child), they never really cease. I listened to my almost 18 year old give a 20 minute talk she had written herself recently. So intelligently thought out and presented... I was the one in complete wonder how - despite the fact I remember her being with all her life - this awesome young woman came to be MY daughter. You're doing the right thing. You have to just be in it, whenever and whatever that moment is, because they pass so quickly.

Rosie said...

Can't wait to be with Colette to celebrate her 12 month! What a doodle bug! Hugs and kisses!!!

Jill said...

She is a delightful little thing. I'm so glad she was brought into the world. It hard to believe that she is going to be one soon!

Xtreme English said...

Love the gingko leaves on top! That's one of my favorite (and common) trees here in Georgetown. Often we could see people gathering up the gingko seeds, despite their foul smell. Chinese medicine uses them a lot!

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