Dear Mary: 8 Months

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Dear Mary,

Every time I write this letter, I’m blown away by how soon it seems that I’m writing another one.  We’re now eight months into our new life since God blessed us with you and I can hardly believe how fast time is moving by.  Everybody says that, I know.  When you have kids, time always “flies”.  In the first year, there are so many milestones to accomplish, that it seems as though your babies grow so fast – and you’ve been checking those milestones off left and right for the last month or so.

Yesterday, I discovered that you’ve got FOUR teeth coming in.  With the exception of waking up a couple times in the middle of the night, I didn’t even notice.  You haven’t been cranky at all.  I’ve been not-so-anxiously awaiting when those top teeth would start to emerge – those are always the worst, so I’ve been kind of dreading it.  And then you go and have them almost completely done without us even noticing.  Let’s hope that trend continues.

You’ve also started to stand up – as evidenced in the picture above.  You pretty much did it the day you started crawling.  In a room full of women at one of my essential oil parties, you crawled over to where I was sitting on the floor and used my leg as leverage to stand up while you held on to me.  And then just like that, you let go completely.  I shrieked with a combination of both excitement and disbelief.  And when all those women realized that you were standing unassisted for the first time, the room erupted with applause.  It was a very proud moment for me.  I missed so many of your brothers’ “firsts”, that I nearly burst into tears every time I see you doing something new.  I was a working, single mother when they were your age, and I’m only now realizing how much I missed because they were constantly in the care of other people.  That’s why I don’t want to look away from you for a second.  I often feel like I’m a first time mom with you, because I actually feel present this time around.  I’m living in the moment with each passing day of your life and it’s so amazing.  I’ve always known that God was redeeming so much loss in my life when he gave you to me.

As much as I want to stifle your growth sometimes, I’m excited for the next milestone around the corner.  It is a joy to watch you grow.

I love you,


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One thought on “Dear Mary: 8 Months

  1. I love this “I’ve always known that God was redeeming so much loss in my life when he gave you to me”. I left an abusive marriage when my daughter was 11 months old (she’s now 7). I can’t tell you when her first tooth came in, what her first word was, when she started crawling or walking, etc,,,those years are all a painful blur to me. But God has promised to repay the years the locust have eaten (Joel 2:25). Thanks for this beautiful reminder and the hope it gives to know someone who has actually seen this promise fulfilled.

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