before lulu was born, i had serious fears that i would never love this child as much as i love gracie. how in the world could THIS baby be even half as amazing as my sweet doodlebug? would i neglect this baby because gracie was so much cooler? would i love gracie less because i only have so much love and attention to give to my children?
boy, was i wrong. if i've learned anything this past year, it's that the human heart is capable of INFINITE love. and though my attention has definitely been divided, my love for each of them is equally as deep. how is that possible?
i will admit, though, that my attention to them has definitely been compromised. i feel like baby #2 is growing up faster than baby #1, because i now have TWO children to pay attention to, so i'm missing out on something somewhere almost all the time. plus, baby #2 is watching what baby #1 is doing, so she learns a lot faster (which is amazing because i swear i haven't taught lulu a damn thing all year -- i'm just too busy! -- but somehow she's meeting all of her milestones way ahead than gracie did when she was a baby).
my precocious lulu. turning over at 6 weeks. sitting up at 3 months. solid foods at 4 1/2 months. crawling at 6 months. walking at 9 months. RUNNING at 10 months. talking at 11 months.
her first sentence at 11 months: "mama! ah duh! gooooo! mama goooo! ah duh!" (she was all done at the thrift store and REALLY wanted to leave. like, adamantly. but instead of crying, she just said this sentence over and over. what a bright child!)
her first food at 4 1/2 months was organic, local sweet potatoes, licked off of a spatula. (actually, her first food was breastmilk. her second food was sweet potatoes.)
her first steps at 9 months were taken at gracie's taekwondo studio. just up and walked. there was no thinking, or practicing, or whatever. she just up and walked one day, and that was the end of it. (she got sick with a bad fever for a week shortly thereafter, and then we went on a trip to louisiana for a week, so she kind of forgot. but the moment we got home, she walked again.)
she loves books. she loves toddling into her room, sitting down in front of the bookshelf, and grabbing a book to flip through. she doesn't rip the pages, or eat the covers. she's very gentle and curious about turning the pages.
she loves music. ALL children love music, but this one in particular has shown a great aptitude for rhythm and tone. she learned how to clap her hands very early on (maybe at 8 months old?) and loves clapping whenever she has an excuse to. i love when other people are clapping for someone, for a job well done, and lulu (not really paying attention to what just happened of course) will drop what she's doing and start clapping too. or, for example, if gracie goes down the slide and i say "way to go, gracie! yay!" then lulu will stop mid-stride and clap her hands for gracie who just went down the slide. she does this for everyone all the time always. so sweet. ... back to music: she LOVES music. seriously LOVES it. there was a time when i couldn't sing her a lullaby to get to sleep, because she would instead tune into the tone and the rhythm and pay attention to the music instead of sleeping. i'd instead just have to whisper to her, "shhhh. mama's here. shhhh. mama's here," over and over. i can finally sing to her now, but it's only one song in particular: