Dear Chaya // Eleven Months

Dear Chaya,

You are eleven months old, and a very loved member of our family.

Just a few days after I wrote you last letter you started standing up on your own! Everyone is so excited for you. And it’s very exciting to see you take these next steps (literally and figuratively!), especially after all the work we’ve had to do getting you to reach your earlier milestones. But seriously, this was like over 20 seconds that you just stood there for, and we could hardly believe it. You’ve continued to do lots of standing over the next four weeks.

By the time I write this eleven month old letter though, you are not only just standing for a few seconds, but legit taking steps around the place!! It is beyond exciting to watch you do this, and you LOVE the attention when you take some steps.

You got your second tooth – right next to the first one. This tooth was another surprise attack, as I’ve been eyeing off your two top eye teeth thinking they should come through soon (they’re very bulgy), and I didn’t even feel any gum bumps where these first two teeth have come up!

We had Rosh Hashanah this month, and this is when you took 3 or 4 big steps on your own! You’ve been continuing to practice these every day since. Also on Rosh Hashanah you got chicken pox. Lior had them first a few weeks ago, and now you, Eli and Ahava have all got it at the same time. Thankfully you don’t seem too uncomfortable – just annoyed at all the creams and weedy pesto I try to smother over your spots to help you heal quicker. The itching only seems to bother you at night, and makes you wake up and moan and cry. The up side is that I realised that you sleep so well normally! We’d just fallen into good sleep with little to no wake up so naturally that I didn’t even think much of it (with the others it’s kind of a big deal, with me forcing them to stop feeding in the night or things like this). So Baruch HaShem, you sleep so well. This chicken pox sleep schedule is just a hiccup. Other than having spots on you and getting cranky at night when you should be sleeping, you don’t seem drowsy or “sick” at all. Though you have had some long day sleeps after all these restless nights…

We started you in cloth nappies this month, which is very exciting. Better late than never, right?! I gave you a break from them while you had the pox, because I didn’t want you to get any nappy rash or infections from moisture on the pox. We’re getting into a little groove with it all, but probably need to increase our stash a bit, as a fair few of the second hand ones we were given are newborn size.

Personality wise, you are definitely showing your strength these days CC. You pull things back from people if they’re taking something you’re holding, and you are very opinionated, even if it is mostly in grunts!

Your favourite game is pulling things off people’s heads, and you love to laugh when people rub their head into your belly and tickle you. You are also my potting up buddy, and love to get dirty! You hate baths, and don’t mind showers. You like to babel and explain things to people with your tongue sticking out and your noises not making sense. You love to be with Imma all the time, 24/7. You do not like to be put down on the ground anymore, and you wish you could watch the world from your little perch on my hip! You love screens. You’re not allowed to watch on them of course, but you still love to kit the keys on the keyboard and touch the phone or iPad and see things change. You make your presence known, and it seems the lasting effect of the chicken pox is in making your squeal more frequently (not ideal!). Hopefully that one wears off…!

CC, my chooch, my baby doll, my precious one. Oh how I love you. Oh how I to hold your hand at night, and cuddle next to you when we sleep. Oh how I love your laugh and your smile, and even your crying face. I love every part of you, and hold onto every part of you. I love you Sunshine.

Love Imma.

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