Baby, you’re ten months old now. In the last couple of days, you’ve gotten a little gutsy, taking an unassisted step here and there. You can do it!
But I sure wish that nose of yours would dry up. You’ve inherited my blazing intolerance for “nose handling.” Seriously, I’m being as gentle as I can, buddy. But ain’t nobody gonna get those snotties like Mommy. Trust me, you’ll feel better when I’m done.
In the meantime, we’re gonna distract you with your favorite VeggieTales book. Just two nights ago, I noticed that when you push the book’s button, you can finally anticipate the ending of the song. You used to press the button five times while it was still playing. Now, however, you come back to the button just as it’s finishing playing and press it again. Why? Because you’re a budding genius. I am so proud of you.
Yesterday morning, we had our monthly photo shoot on your great-great grandmother’s crocheted blanket and laying beside the Sunday Comics. Determined to get a decent shot, I resorted to busting out the battery-operated, colorful noise machine. This is getting trickier.
Speaking of tricky… You know, there’s this holiday, Halloween, that’s coming up. Seriously, babe, it’s my least favorite holiday. While I’m perfectly pleased to tell you that there are only 118 days left until Christmas, as far as Halloween goes, my heart is quite unsettled about the whole thing. I’ve been asking a few friends and clients here and there for some advice and perspective. While I in NO way am comfortable glorifying death and darkness, and while I’m incredibly uncomfortable with the extremes to which some people celebrate Halloween (cults, sacrifices, demon possession, etc.), I cannot deny that I loved trick-or-treating as a child. You’ve got a momma who appreciates creativity, changing my look from one day to the next and who enjoys a costume from time to time. Still uncertain as to what our family participation will look like during future Halloweens, I just want you to know that 1) it’s on my radar and 2) I love you very much.
But that last one is the most important.