Today you are one-half year-old. I really, truly cannot imagine a life without you. You have the sweetest, kindest, most angelic personality I have ever met. You have a smile that stretches so wide across your face, it would be physically impossible for it to get any bigger. Your round face lights up and that gummy smile grows. It is a sight to be seen.
In the past month you have started to crawl in earnest. You are completely coordinated at this point - hands and feel moving in unison. Truth be told, given your much calmer personality, we really didn't expect you to reach physical milestones at the same pace as your sister, but we were wrong again. Almost to the day, you took off with your lurch and lunge tactic, followed shortly by bona fide crawling. That is the last time we underestimate your abilities. Your also beginning to pull yourself up on things or people as soon as you reach your target. It is only a matter of time until you are walking the surfaces.
You are a big talker - when awake, you are constantly jabbering and squawking away. You have started to say "Mama." Even though I know you are not saying Mama intentionally, it sounds so cute in your little voice that it makes my heart melt.
You think your dad is pretty hilarious. All he has to do is look at you and you start to giggle. In the evenings, when you are tired, you will giggle hysterically. We love to make you laugh. You are absolutely contagious.
You love food. What a passion for eating you already display. Only six weeks in and you've already eaten a number of food items - avocado, pear, banana, broccoli, peas, carrots, scrambled egg yolk, pinto beans, mango, apple, etc.
The food certainly hasn't turned you into a better sleeper. On a good night you nurse every 2-3 hours throughout the night - from about 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. On a bad night, you nurse every 1-2 hours and are up to play (or poop, which can take an hour) starting from 3 a.m. on. What more is there to say about that? I really can't think of much...I remind myself that someday you will, indeed, sleep, but then I wake to kicks from your sister who rarely makes it through the night without coming into our bed. One day in the not too far future, we'll send the two of you to bed together so you can kick and cuddle one another to your hearts content. And then Papa and I will sleep through the night. Until that day, we do the best we can tag-teaming as much as possible.
It has been really sweet to watch the bond between you and your sister grow. You are so lucky to have one another and we remind you both of that every day. Sonia may be a bit too rough at times, and always a little too loud and a little too bossy, but she loves you in a way that no one else ever will. You truly are becoming best friends. Sometimes I watch your sister reading to you or playing with you in your bed, and I get an image of the two of you twenty years from now - a couple of feisty young, beautiful women. What a sight you will be.
No matter what else happens in my life, I will feel truly blessed. I have the two daughters I've always wanted. I don't know how I got so lucky to get the two of you, but I certainly won the daughter lottery.
p.s. monthly photos are stuck on my camera, but will be added as soon as I free up file space on the computers. Damn you, technology.