7.5 months hit and the developments and milestones started piling on. It's not just one or two things big things per month. No sir... She's adding the new tricks on at an alarming rate!
She's crawling and pulling herself up to her feet. Has two teeth. Is a great eater (I pray almost daily that this trait sticks. We love food way too much...) Waves and is getting the hang of clapping. She copies lots and instigates sounds for us to copy. Says "mama" when she's very upset or hungry. She still dances to music and will totally wiggle when somebody asks her to. There are a bunch of other things that we were like, "when did she figure that out?!" Because it happened so fast amidst so many other things.
And I am learning right along side her...
How to hold all the information that is out there with an open hand. to sift through it and take what feels right for us, and to let the rest go. To let it go without feeling guilty, or like we need to justify our choices.
How to be humble with my plans. To be okay with moving in a direction and then turning around if it's not working. To go home when it's too hard to be out. To try something ambitious and then let it go for a time if it's too much.
How to be patient.
How to be present.
How to be compassionate and empathetic.
Yea, it's kind of a big year for the both of us.
My appreciation and value for *right now* has hit hard and strong. She's moving so fast, and I'm getting decent sleeps, so I am in no rush to move to the next stage. I am trying to soak up every cuddle, bask in every smile, and of course take a picture of everything. Yep, I'm saying the very things that I've heard/read every other mom at this stage say. But man, it is painfully and beautifully true.