June 30, 2010

Six Months with My Little Man

Dear Nathaniel,

Happy birthday, little man! You are six months old today and I'm already trying to choke back the tears as I think about how fast you're growing up. It's so wonderful for your mama to watch you grow and learn new things every single day, but the time goes by too quickly. The snuggles and smiles are here one moment and gone the next, leaving your daddy and I wondering how these days can fly by so fast.

This has been such a big month for you. Just yesterday, you rolled from your back to your tummy for the very first time as you reached for a brightly-colored baby wipes case. I was so proud that I nearly ran to the front door to yell your accomplishment to the whole world. But as it was, I settled for smothering your little face in kisses.

This month, you threw mama a curveball when the tooth we've been awaiting since month number two finally broke through. It was then quickly followed by a second pearly white and your toothless, gummy grin is now punctuated with two adorable front teeth.

You have become very aware of the things taking place around you, especially when it comes to food. Anytime that someone is eating, you DEMAND that they share. This makes things a bit complicated when your daddy and I go to restaurants, but we've learned to keep a snack of your favorite blueberry cereal puffs in the diaper bag. Just in case.

Your favorite food is still sweet potatoes and whenever you get a taste of that yummy orange treat, you never fail to grab the spoon and ask for more. You're not quite ready to feed yourself yet, but you try your best, bringing the spoon up to your face in a valiant attempt to find your mouth. You are growing up so quickly, but it's nice to be reminded that you still need your mama and daddy to help you with a few things!

This month you said MAMA for the first time. I could hardly believe my ears that morning as we cuddled in bed and it still melts my heart every time you say it. Several days later, MAMA was followed by your second word, YUM, as you were eating a banana with daddy. Truth be told, I wouldn't have believed it, but both your daddy and I heard your excited little voice telling us how much you love your food.

These last six months have been a wild ride and we've had a few scrapes and bumps along the way. I'm not perfect mom, but I look back on these six months and I see how we have grown together. From our very first meeting in that hospital bed to this evening as I watched you sleep in your crib, I can see how this journey has changed us both. You have become so sweet and so strong. You have a distinct personality with strong likes and dislikes. You know your mama and daddy, and your whole face lights up when we play with you. You have grown into a wonderful little man and I cannot wait to see what the next six months will bring.

Through all of your changes, you have made me a better mama. Laying in the hospital six months ago, I had no idea what I was doing and the concept of changing a diaper on your delicate, breakable little body was terrifying. You have shown me that I can be a good mama. You have taught me what it means to sacrifice myself for someone else. And you continue to make me into the person I want to be, the person I want you to look up to and admire as you grow and become a little boy.

Nathaniel, I am so proud of you. When I look at you, I see the very best of your daddy and myself. You are so bright, so open, and so loving; it leaves me absolutely speechless to try to put words to the hopes and dreams I have for you. I love you more than I can say.

All of my love,
Mama

4 comments:

  1. Aww! That's so sweet! Happy 6 month Birhtday Nathaniel!

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  2. This brought tears to my eyes! It is so sweet and so close to my heart. My little boy turns 6 months old next month and I can't believe how quickly he is growing up! Beautiful post!

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  3. just found your blog via twitter - wanted to say your boy is BEYOND adorable! wow! i love his blue eyes and beautiful smile! and aren't those first itty teeth just the sweetest things you've ever laid eyes on? my daughter waited until 11.5 months to grow her first one and i was legitimately obsessed with staring at it! (:

    great blog! and happy half-birthday (a little lady) to sweet nathaniel!

    cheers!

    ~emily

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