You are so grown-up now. It is just amazing. This week was one of the toughest yet, at the same time, it was the most incredible bonding experience you and Mommy have had.
Last Saturday, Mommy and Daddy ran the Super Run 10K. Daddy pushed you in the stroller and you slept the whole time. We went out for breakfast with Mommy and Daddyâ€™s friends. You were such a good baby! Kathleen and Aunt Aubrey held you most of the time. You just chatted away with them.
Daddy left for Florida for work on Sunday, which meant that Mommy and Baby had to fend for themselves. We went to see Nana and Pop on Sunday afternoon. You got to see Aunt Dee, Sarah, Aunt Bev, Uncle Steve, Nana, and Pop. We came back Monday evening. We had a nice visit with everyone. You smile so big when you see everyone. Everyone kept telling Mommy they had never seen a happier baby. That makes Mommy so very happy.
Nana watched you, while Mommy ran at Track Practice. Many of Mommyâ€™s friends from the track club came up to see you and one person told Nana that you are the mascot for track club. You just smiled and cooed in agreement. You were so excited to see all the action at the stadium. Each time Mommy ran by and called your name, you would look around to see where I was. You are so alert and so social.
This week you have gained control of your legs. When we put you under your activity gym, you kick the bumble bee and the butterfly that hang down. You also kick the bird that flies in the center of it. You are so strong and developing just where you should be and a bit ahead in some other areas.
You are gripping onto everything. You like to grab Daddyâ€™s arm hair, Mommyâ€™s necklace, our fingers, toys, and anything else in your reach. You are still sucking on your hands like they are a deliciously tasty morsel. It is pretty silly.
You have been just jabbering away the past week. You are making so many new sounds, it is totally amazing. When we put you on the mat to change you, you start making all sorts of sounds. You make a lot of: guh, laa, ohhhh, ahhh, coos, squeals, gurgling noises, and sometimes fake cough when you want to eat. You want to be with everyone and you are such a little flirt. You make everyone laugh. You aim to please. We have had quite a few short giggles, but we are still waiting for the full-belly laugh. You get so tickled with everything. Everything is so new and exciting to you. It is fun to see you react to it all.
You are not much of a fussy baby. You do pretty well out in public. You rarely cry, unless you want something. We go a lot of places and see a lot of people. You are content to sit and watch what everyone is doing.
We are not getting much sleep again, but that is okay, that will all come soon enough. You are just such a wonderful, loving, sweet baby, my little Allison Kate. I love to give you squeezes and this week you began to squeeze back. You put your little arms around us and hold on a bit now. This is new and so much fun. You have become such a little person of your own. I think you have Daddyâ€™s temperament, because you are so content, laid back, and easy going. (Hopefully, you will not be as high-strung and drama as Momma.)
You keep getting more and more fun as you get older. I just love to give hugs and kisses. You must like it too, because you start talking to Mommy in the sweetest little girl voice. Allison, you are growing up so fast. We love the way you have changed our lives in such special ways. We are so thankful that we were so blessed to have you!