Nine Months Old!

by Lara on May 11, 2013

Nine Months Old!

Dear Baby G,

You might notice this letter is a little late.  That’s because your mobility is hitting Mommy hard.  The world around us is one big deathtrap now that you are on the move, and the mischief you get into through crawling already has me chasing after you all day.  The treadmill is collecting dust, but by the time you are walking I may still be trained enough to run a marathon.  You just don’t have time for me these days.

The significance of “nine months in, nine months out,” is not lost on me.  Baby, you’ve come a long way!

Nine months in, nine months out

I look at that photo and I think, “It was you the whole time!”

The time I carried you means much more to me now that I know you so well.  I think back and imagine you in utero, checking your watch, and waiting for your due date.  “You said 40 weeks, right?  Let’s get this show on the road!”  

It’s an odd dichotomy to watch you grow and change every day yet still be so sure of your little personality.  At nine months old, you are still a grown man trapped in a tiny baby body.  Strangers who have never before met you often comment on how calm and serious you are.  “He seems like a wise old soul,” they say.

And I have lost count of the number of people who stop us on the street to admire your strawberry hair.  Yesterday the elderly checkout clerk at the grocery store took one look at you and proclaimed, “He’s a red head!”  with a sense of wonderment I didn’t expect from a grumpy old man.  It takes me by surprise, how you bring out the best in people.

The fact that you have no time for me during the day has started to give your still-frequent nightwakings a little more perspective.  A month ago I was threatening to give in and let you cry (“…to heck with my lofty parenting ideals!  I need sleep!”), but after a few weeks of seeing your daytime independence boom, I realized it is only a matter of time before you are independent ’round the clock.  And you know what?  That’s reason enough for me to keep answering every cry.  Because soon you will know what the rest of us already do–that things much cooler than Mom exist in this world to keep you happy.  Soon you will discover Legos, and ice cream, and fast cars, and pretty girls.  Soon you’ll realize that Dad is actually a lot more fun than Mom.  Soon, too soon, I will be the last person you want.

Until then, kiddo, it’s you and me.  Let the races begin!

Love always,


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea@WellnessNotes May 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Beautiful letter, Lara! Love the 9 months in 9 months out photo!

And I am very sure you’ll never be the last person G wants!


Lara May 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

Thanks Andrea. Happy Mother’s Day!


Abby May 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

This is my favorite monthly update yet! Sounds like you’re finally coming out of the new mama fog 🙂 It only gets more fun from here!


Lara May 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

Thanks Abby. I think so, maybe, kinda, sorta? Ha! Happy Mother’s Day to you!


Jessie May 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Yay for mobility!! It’s so fun (and yes, exhausting) when they’re on the move. I liked the crawling stage but walking was easier on me. No dirty hands & knees in public places, shoes(!), and Lyric would hold my hand. 🙂 Not that she’ll hold it for more than 5 seconds but still…

I’m happy you’ve found a bright side to the night wakings…I wasn’t do patient. We sleep trained at 6 months and I was quite grateful. But you know your baby best & he sure seems like such a sweetie!!


Lara May 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

I fear walking, mainly because I think it will just mean running with this kid! Ha!
Happy Mother’s Day, Jessie!


Jessie May 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

so…not “do”. Darn phone.


elise May 12, 2013 at 7:12 am

babies DO bring out the best in people!!

hes so precious lara. and that pic of you guys in the same place 9 months in and 9 months out is awesome.

happy mother’s day love! G is very lucky to have such a loving, passionate, caring, dedicated mommy. xxx 🙂


Lara May 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

Thanks friend! Happy Mother’s Day to you and your little man! xo


Katharine May 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

So well written, Lara! And a wonderful tribute to motherhood that both you and G will appreciate having later in life 🙂


Lara May 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

Thanks Katharine 🙂


Melissa @TryingtoHeal May 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Such a great letter to your little one Lara!


Lara May 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Aw thanks Melissa.


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