Monday, September 27, 2021

Delaney Jane: Nine Months

Delaney Jane is nine months old. These are the days where I have been snuggling her a little longer as she dozes off in my arms because I know the time for that blessed opportunity is fleeting. She is busier than ever before, crawling all over the house and pulling up on anything she can. She is more curious than ever and also, more vocal than ever. She definitely lets us know what she wants or doesn't want at this point!

Delaney has officially begun the transition from baby to toddler. It pains my heart to admit that but, it's just very apparent in her day-to-day. Babies, after all, don't just wake up one day and become a toddler. It's a gradual thing and I feel fortunate to be witnessing this slow transition with her, at home. I thank God, every day, for the opportunity to be home with her during these days when my baby is still a baby.


It is around this time when I start thinking about the reality of her turning one in just three months. It is a bittersweet thing to begin thinking about. I don't let myself think about it for too long though. I want to be here, in this moment, when she is still just nine months old.

At nine months old, Laney loves to wave and giggle at her family, especially first thing after she wakes up. She loves to be carried from room to room, waving her hand excitedly as she searches for her sister and dad. When we are out of the house, she buries her head into our shoulder or chest when someone outside of her immediate family tries to engage her. She will then peak back at them to see if they are still looking, and if they are, she buries her head back into us again.

More recently, Delaney loves to be walked and bounced around her room to help her to fall asleep. She rests against a Lambie on our shoulder as we pace and bounce, pace and bounce. If we slow down, she begins to bounce her body, telling us in that way to keep going, don't stop bouncing yet. It's sweet and something I don't want to forget about these days.

Bath times in the sink should probably be coming to an end. We have been ending up with more water outside of the sink than inside, these days. She has begun "dancing" when she hears music or when one of us says "dance, Laney!" She shakes her head from side to side and bounces up and down. She's been teething but we haven't gained any new teeth beyond her two bottoms.

This past month with Delaney has been so new and yet, familiar of the days when Piper was a baby. We feel so blessed to be raising up another sweet girl in Jesus' love. Here are some photos from our past month together.




















Delaney Jane, we love you at every stage. We love watching you grow!

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