A Letter to my 6 Month Old Baby
September 1, 2016 Raising a Parent
My Darling Baby,
As I look at you today, I am amazed that you are already 6 months old. It was 6 months ago today that I was so restless and anxious about when you would finally pop. Though your due date had passed, you were showing no signs of leaving your comfy home inside my belly to come out and meet the world. I just wanted time to fly so that you would be with us soon. And ever since that moment when you finally came, I have wanted time to just slow down because it feels like you have been growing at lightening speed. Something I am reminded of every time I see that you have outgrown your clothes. Wasn’t that new onesie loose for you just the other day? It seems a little too snug now 🙁
You have achieved so many milestones. You have found your voice, as you show us all day long with your delightful shrieks. You have learnt to roll over, something you demonstrate each time I try to change your diaper. You don’t stay in one place for long. Even when we put you down to sleep, we rarely find you in the same position after a while. You are constantly kicking, rolling and spinning around! You love exploring different tastes and textures, as you constantly seem to be mouthing everything within your reach. You are developing your own personality. You have your favourite toys, games, books and songs. You love water. Bath time is your favourite time of day and you make sure your displeasure is known to the whole neighbourhood when we take you out of the tub. You are very particular about your schedule, a trait I’m sure you have picked up from your father. Lord help us if we don’t take you down for your evening stroll on time! You love being outdoors. You love watching rickshaws and buses. You’re going to be quite a traveler I’m sure!
You are strong and resilient. You have breezed through vaccinations, colic, sleep regression and even a viral infection. The next 6 months will have a lot more in store for us. The dreaded “T” word is just around the corner. You are already trying to crawl and sit up. Soon you will be walking, talking and eating grown-up food. I wonder whether you will still seek me across the room when you are hungry. I wonder whether you will still fall asleep in my arms while nursing. But all that is for later. For today I wish I could just freeze time. I wish I could bottle up your gummy little smiles, your gurgling laughter, the way you keep moving your mouth when you fall asleep while nursing, the way you sometimes giggle in your sleep, the way your whole face lights up when you see that your papa has come home from work, the way you say “ma ma ma” when you are hungry, the way you wrap your whole hand around my finger. I wish I could bottle up all these and store them for days when I am feeling low, because these are the moments that bring me the purest form of joy I have ever known.
For today I just want you to know that your papa and I love you more than we ever imagined possible. Thank you for coming into our lives and blessing us. Happy 1/2 birthday our cute little monkey.
With lots of love,