Our baby girl is officially 9 months old today! Three-quarters of a year old. She has now been out of my belly for almost as long as she was in it. It’s crazy that this much time has already flown by—I still remember bringing her home from the hospital like it was yesterday. As much as we were excited about having Harper home, we were clueless—like so many other first time parents—as to what to do. But that’s the beauty of parenthood. You learn as you go. You make mistakes and you learn from them. You become stronger as a couple and start to build your nest, your family. In some ways it’s been a long 9 months, in other ways it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. Some days I just want to hit the pause button so I can stop time and enjoy every second, taking it all in before she moves onto a new stage. But I know that I can’t so I try and capture as much on camera (and in my memory) as humanly possible.
I can happily say that I wouldn’t change a thing about this past year. Harper is doing absolutely fantastic. From the baby that had so much trouble putting on weight and barely being on the growth charts, she’s now a healthy 21 pound-9 month old. She has also become quite the independent gal. She weaned herself, started crawling (although still prefers the military crawl, isn’t quite using her legs), and is constantly on the go. Seriously, if I look away for just two seconds, who knows what she’ll be into. I’ve already had to fish the “control” key (from my keyboard) out of her mouth that she managed to swipe while sitting on my lap. She is beyond curious, loves to say “Da-Da”, go to swim lessons and get dunked, and she loves hanging out with other children. Even though she’s an only child and mainly it’s just us hanging out all day, Harper absolutely LOVES other children. It doesn’t matter if they’re older or younger, she tries to carry on conversations and give them big smiles. She’s also no longer afraid of strangers. Before, she cried if anyone dared to hold her or even stare at her for too long. Now, she flirts back and eats up all of that attention.
She’s blossomed so much and, looking back, so have Ryan and I. I’m so proud of us and how we’ve grown not only as a couple but as individuals as well. In my opinion, if you want to test your marriage, go have a child. (Couple that with moving to a new city where you know no one, your husband taking a new job, and not having any family close by.) Yes, it’s one of those character-building times in your life. All you have is each other to depend on. With all that comes an unshakeable trust and stronger home life than you ever thought possible. I’m constantly thankful that I married someone who values family and quality time as much as I do.
Here’s to our little lady- who’s brought more love and laughter into our lives than we ever thought was possible. Happy 9 Months baby Harper. WE LOVE YOU!