GranDawn’s Log: Month 9

Dear Nathalie,

Again, I am tardy with your letter.  Three whole days!  Why oh why can I not get this timing right??

Wee girl…you are full on crawling all over the place these days.  I expect you will be walking soon.  You seem much happier now that you are mobile and in control of (to an extent) what space you inhabit.

Also, rumor has it that your sleeping is starting to develop a pattern.  By “starting” I mean I just heard about it and by “pattern”, I mean that one day you sleep through most of the night and the next you are up hourly…that is a pattern, right?

Your eating is progressing with more and more foods of the baby kind being introduced – unfortunately, that spitting up thing is still an issue…

As of my last peek into your mouth…you have two little teeth on the bottom.  The IMG_4847_1489863575321only way for your Mummy to get a picture of them was for her to give you something to shove into your pie hole.  Look how cute (ignore the food all over your nostrils) your little teeth are!! Now that you have teeth, you are also learning how to adapt to having your teeth brushed.  Mummy thinks she takes better care of your teeth than she does her own…  She was always really difficult when it came to getting her to brush her teeth.  DON’T be like Mummy in that regard.

Also, SHOUT OUT TO MAXTON for getting his first tooth as well!!!   5 months old…seriously dude, cut your parents a break.   All these babies getting teeth just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  The universe was calling out to the baby food companies to create a baby food combo of corned beef and cabbage – AMIRIGHT?

IMG_4911Now, back to you Nathalie…Let us talk about your cuteness:  I must say, you are super cute when you open your mouth for one of those little Gerber puffs but when you WEAR a yogurt puff… oh…my… word… the cuteness level is a bit more than I can handle…especially when you adorn your face with them.

Okay…I’m exaggerating.  It’s cute, but I am not losing my mind over it.

However, stick you in a pair of overalls and THAT is unbearable…okay, I am exaggerating again.  The real and ridiculous truth is that all I have to do is make this wacky noise that is my version of Whale-speak – it makes you giggle and then when you try to mimic the sound…THAT puts me over the edge…ALSO, it makes Grandfather smile and I really like it when Grandfather smiles.   (PSSST…you totally have him wrapped around your little finger.)

Not too much has changed since my last letter…primarily the crawling, perhaps a battle with some dry skin issues that Mummy is concerned could be Eczema and with the crap shoot of skin conditions and allergies that are within your heritage…it is highly possible.  Here is to praying it is not… I imagine we will have an answer by my next letter.

Nathalie 9mo

Until next time sweet girl, you keep rocking that crawl and teeth growing thing…perhaps soon I can introduce you to the best food in the world…CHEESE!!!

Peace Out BABY!

Love, GranDawn

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GranDawn’s Log: Month 8 (and 3 days)

Dear Nathalie,

My apologies for being tardy with this letter.  I’ve been a bit ill, and once you truly get to know me, you will learn that I go big when I get sick…no measly sniffles for me…nope.  Enough about me, this is all about you.

First, I was wrong when I posted last month that you might be getting a kitty.  My apologies…but not really, you have TWO KITTIES.  Your new fur sisters are Dash and Lucy and they are quite the cuties.  Hopefully, you will not suffer the scratches that your mother did as a child by insisting on love from the kitties…no matter what we said or did, she did not care, she did not stop…specifically with Ash, may she Rest In Peace.

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You are crawling!! For the most part.  Your preference is to grab the carpet and pull yourself forward…it sort of reminds me of Spiderman.  You have also managed to acquire your very first black eye  (something about a Gatorade bottle and a tumble off a bed)…and I say FIRST because of a few reasons…you come from a line of clumsy and/or daring people and odds are you will have another or somethblack-eyeing like it somewhere along the way in your lifetime… Seriously, your mom managed to get her nose broken twice within a 6 month period.  Don’t fight it…tuck and roll.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not encouraging you to become a scrapper like Great-Grandma Sharon, I am just warning you that, in this family, shit happens and it is better to expect it than to fight it.  Protective gear is suggested.  I figure, now that you are mobile you deserve this warning – to be honest, you were much safer when you were stationary….ahhh, the good ole days.

[UPDATE:  Shortly after publishing this post, I received this message from your Mummy: “So I saw your GranDawn post and she does actually fully crawl now. LOL No belly on floor or anything! Super fast baby LOL.”]

Another new and exciting development: You have tried a green food!  Mama – or as you have said “Mum Mum Mummy,” gave you green beans!!  This is a bigger accomplishment for her than you, but I celebrate it either way.

You officially have a tooth poking through on the bottom!  I asked your mother for a photo but she stated that it is impossible to get a picture of you with an open mouth and not have you stick out your tongue.  Thanks to Aunt Pixie, sticking out your tongue is your JAM these days.  We can count on your Aunt to teach you all the weird things even though she is across the country… I don’t even know what to expect next.

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I think that about covers everything…Although you have been pulling yourself up to stand on more than one occasion.  The idea of you walking anytime soon is just…well, can you hold off on that skill for at least 4 months.  Do your parents a solid…slow your roll.

Put that tongue back in your mouth!

We love you bunches,

GranDawn