We went to Florida at the beginning of November. It was our first trip out of the country in a few years (!!) and Joni's first flight. There were parts of our vacation that were less than ideal. Joni got both of her bottom teeth at the beginning of the trip and being in a new environment with lots of people meant none of us got any sleep. With the lack of sleep aside, we had a wonderful trip. She hit a 6 month leap and I swear I could actually see her growing and learning each day! She started sitting up on her own, tried new food, and started to play with her toys differently- the pincer grasp is the cutest thing ever and I could watch her grab things for hours with those chubby little hands. She did great on both flights- minus the explosive poop on the way down that left me with no choice but to throw away her shirt (yep- it was that bad). There is so much I want to remember- like how funny she thought it was when my mom would say "bok bok chicken" or how she started to really light up when I enter the room (and look sad when I leave). Or how you angrily eyeballed my sunbutter ice cream cone from @lovefoodcentral
because I wasn't sharing, but continued to eat your avocado (which was your favourite thing to eat). How mesmerized and excited you were watching the stingrays swim by at the @floridaaquarium
, but you still fell asleep nursing and missed the rest of the aquarium because even though you've grown so much, you're still so little. That you shared this trip with your great-grandparents and my grandpa could really make you smile and laugh. How you fell asleep to the sound of the ocean when I took you for a walk in the sling and I immediately ordered a sound machine when I got home to hopefully replicate that one nap you took. Your legs kicking while you laid back in the water- how we all praised your talent and how I swore you already knew how to swim. There is so much I want to bottle up: emotions, smells, touch, sound, everything. Sometimes I'm afraid I will forget things because it all happens so fast, but I'm doing my best to live in the moment, soak up every cuddle, watch you learn and grow, and let you be little. Motherhood, you're beautiful.