Although that really does describe my current status, I think it better describes the currently sleeping nine month old that lives with me. On Friday, Phoebe celebrated her nine month day! It's hard to believe she's been with us as long as I was pregnant with her. What a blessed nine months we've had.
I've been reflecting on a lot here lately with her, and I don't have the time to share all of that (I've promised myself no more than 15 minutes to check this off my list while I suck down some coffee) but I'll try to at least share a little. First of all, this is my first Christmas with a little one (obviously). But as I've pondered Mary this season, I've been absolutely overcome with emotion. In fact, I was teaching our little fours on Sunday about the birth of Christ in Luke 2, and as I tried to tell them about Mary kissing and loving sweet baby Jesus -- that he was a real, live baby -- I got all caught up in my throat. I mean, I adore our little Phoebe. But she's as sinful as the rest of us. I cannot even imagine loving her more than I do. But knowing that my baby was the son of God? Wow.
We went to the Andrew Peterson "Behold the Lamb of God" show at our church, and it was incredible. Really incredible. I would've brought everyone I know to it if I'd known how incredible it was. God is really using these artists to share Truth through their incredible music. If you ever have the chance to go next Christmas, you need to. Anyway, one of the songs that was part of that was called "Labor of Love". Here's an excerpt:
But the baby in her womb
He was the maker of the moon
He was the Author of the faith
That could make the mountains move
It was a labor of pain
It was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark
With every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love
For little Mary full of grace
With the tears upon her face
It was a labor of love
Anyway, I can't even imagine. So that's been part of my pondering...
Also, as I stepped on Noah's Ark pieces that were scattered all over my bathroom yesterday, I realized how much fun has infiltrated my life since Phoebs came along. She is simply a delight, truly. I don't think I can even begin to list all of the fun things that she's doing right now, but I'm going to try...
- She claps her hands, both when she's excited and when she's frustrated. She does this a lot on the changing table and in the high chair, so I'm not sure if she's trying to sign "All done" or not. She doesn't do it consistently, so we're keeping an eye out. (Also, when I ask her if she's all done, she does not sign anything... so... who knows.)
- She is crawling faster than a speeding bullet... I mean, this girl is really efficient!
- She pulls up on furniture, toys, the refrigerator (talent!), just about anything!
- She can transfer from one object while standing to another -- like from the coffee table to the couch.
- She will occasionally walk while holding on to a piece of furniture, but only a few steps. She is willing to take one hand off whatever it is she's holding onto, though!
- She LOVES books. She does not love to sit in a lap for longer than about one minute to read, but she absolutely loves to pull them off her shelf and play with them. She opens, closes, and turns pages. She chews and sucks on the ends of paperbacks, but "reads" board books. She particularly loves books with "real" pictures -- especially pictures of babies.
- She can identify puppies and ladybugs in books. I'm not surprised. Have you heard me talk about how much she loves puppies?
- She and Jake are even better friends than we hoped they'd be... he lets her literally walk all over him!
- She will eat just about anything, but her appetite is not very voracious. At her nine month check up she was 16 pounds, 8 ounces (15%ile) and 28 1/4 inches (75%ile). They really want her to start gaining weight better. I promise we feed our baby! She's just so active, it's hard to imagine that she "keeps" any of the food she eats.
- She still has no teeth! I thought I felt something this morning, but then again, I've thought that about 20 times in the past four months. Someday!
- She is responding well to training, but sometimes forgets. For example, Michael had her well trained to not touch the fireplace... she kind of forgot... but now she's retrained again. I imagine it'll be constantly train-retrain for a long time!
- She will repeat one phrase: "Dada". Mommy is not pleased.
- She gives "high five" when prompted and is particularly delighted when she does it. She only does this for men and Mommy!
- She continues to delight her Mommy and Daddy!