In the last couple of weeks this baby girl has discovered a new skill.
Having been a bit wobbly for a while, now she is sturdy there is no stopping her. She is desperate to sit all the time, and loves looking at the world from her new different angle. Weirdly, it seems to have made her grow up more- she has gone from very much a baby to a little person overnight.
She is desperate to be on the move, and can go from a sitting up position to lying on her tummy. Once flat, she can drag herself over to things that catch her eye. (mainly remote controls, her sister's tiny toy parts that she blatently can't have, and Mummy's iPhone.) She's pretty slow at the moment but it won't be long before she is crawling.
I love seeing her discover and explore. I know that each stage to come is going to be amazing but I can't help but feel sad that she is a hurry to do it all so quickly. She got her front two teeth a couple of months before her sister, and is already on par with her or quicker at doing things. The last couple of days she has started babbling and has started saying things that sound suspiciously like 'Ma Ma.'
Who knows what is going to happen in the future, but at the moment we are pretty sure our family is complete. This potentially is the last time I will breastfeed a baby, snuggle one in my arms, cuddle them in our bed, and watch them tick off all these amazing milestones.
This past seven month's have been the quickest of my life, and I cannot believe that she is now nearer to one than she is to being that tiny newborn I first held in my arms on the 11th February 2013. She is growing so fast, and I wish I could slow down time. I am trying to savour it but each day and week seems to pass quickly by in a whirl of routine, nap times, play dates and days out. There's that expression 'The days are long but the years are short.' It is so apt.
Life is a checklist of milestones, each one waiting to be ticked off the list, like an invisible pen to paper in my head, ready for the next one to take it's place. First words, first steps, first day at school, first sleepover, first boyfriends. Further afield to the first time their hearts get broken, first jobs, marriages and even babies of their own. All whizzing by far too quickly. So bittersweet. Every day my little ladies seem to grow that little bit more grown up.
Last night we randomly found an old video of Mads which I actually blogged about here. I remember feeling so proud of her speech, and how grown up she was. I look back at that video and think how small she was. She is a little girl now, on the cusp of being a proper little girl, yet at the same time still needing a two and a half hour nap in the afternoon. She amazes me every day with what she does.
So I will continue to treasure these mini milestones. The way they make me feel. The proudness I feel at watching them achieve and learn. I will continue to capture every moment, in words, in photos and in my head. Ready to relive them when I get a moment to reflect and reminise.
They may be growing far too quickly but they will always be my babies.
They are the best milestones of my life so far.
(A mini photoshoot with the littlest one- Any excuse!)
'Yep got this sitting up business sorted.'
'Stop taking my photo, I have humoured you enough now.'