Letters to Miriam – Eleven months old

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Dear Miriam, you turned eleven months old on Bastille Day this month! And what month it has been. You had your first sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa, your first illness and trip to Urgent Care, first splashing in your kiddie pool, first Forth of July (slept through it).

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You also started daycare! I’m so grateful that you got to spend so much time at home with Grandma and your nanny K. I’ll admit it, I cried when Grandma left after her last regular “shift” with you, all of your milestones and events are so bittersweet! But you are having so much fun at daycare, playing with your little friends and your teachers. You are busy busy busy, constantly moving and exploring. Daycare is perfect for you because the whole room is “safe,” you can cruise around and touch everything.

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You aren’t very interested in walking yet, but I think it’s because you’re such an efficient, lightning-fast crawler. You’re so fast I don’t think your knees fully touch the ground sometimes. You do love to cruise around with your walker, but only until you see something more interesting and have to zip across the floor to touch it.

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You sleep through the night, 12-13 hours at a time, and are exhausted at the end of the day when you go to daycare. Your little mind is expanding in leaps and bounds and I’m astounded by how well you understand what we’re saying! We’ve been teaching you the sign for “all done!” at meal times, and you laugh when you wave your little hands in the air and say, “Ah dah!” You definitely have your own personality, and it’s very sweet and funny.  Your favorite toys these days are not toys: cups, bowls, balls, remote controls, cans and bottles filled with dried beans, pretty much anything that isn’t supposed to be a toy. You love handing things to us. When I come in to your room after naps, you smile and the first thing you do is hand me your lovey.

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Water baby

Miri had a busy, fun-filled weekend. We had a lot of fun to make up for since our whole family has spent the past two weeks recovering from this awful hand, foot and mouth disease. On Friday, we took a walk through Carkeek Park which backs up to our neighborhood.

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We crossed the railroad tracks and went down to the beach to play for a bit. By “playing,” I mean Miri sat in the sand and tried to put pebbles in her mouth while we tried to intercept her lightning-fast hands.

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Today we went to the zoo (pro tip: get there as soon as they open in the morning!). Miri waved at various animals then zoomed around the zoomazium.

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Then we set up a kiddie pool on the deck, let the sun warm up the water, and plopped Miri into it. She loved it! Splash, kick, drink, repeat, for quite a while. Her little toes started to get pruny so we pulled her out, but she protested so strongly that we let her play even longer. She laughed and played with her toys and giggled when she stuck her face in the water. This bodes very well for our highly anticipated family vacations to Hawaii and Great Wolf Lodge.

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