I’m a few days late for your eleventh month. You’ll understand some day when all your friends tell you, “Oh, she’ll for sure sleep through the night by eight months…” and your baby doesn’t, wont’t, or can’t sleep all night long and then after a night of starts and stops decides to wake up at 6:30 when the neighbor’s dog starts barking. That day will be fun for me. I’ll be all, “YOU USED TO DO THAT. How you like it now?”
Anyway, eleven months! You’re a big girl now. I don’t remember a time when you weren’t crawling and sticking your fingers into everything. We’ve had to get creative where we put things. Is that a computer dangling on the back of that chair? Is the toilet brush in the bath tub? The list goes on.
In fact, you are so obsessed with putting things in your mouth that we’ve begun to pass around a speck of dust…just to test you. We pass it back and forth and show interest in the non-existent particle until you become insistent on having it. Then, we make a big show of handing it to you. You take it with great care and put it straight in your mouth. When you realize that the mystery speck has no flavor or texture you give it back, but you never drop it.
I’m not sure if I should count your latest as your first word, but I’ll let you decide. One day, during show and tell, you’ll have to explain to the class that your first word wasn’t mama or dada, it was woof woof. We don’t know how this happened. Maybe it was when you were scampering around the apartment with your shoes in your mouth. Or maybe it was when we saw one of many street dogs in Santiago that it just clicked in your tiny head that dogs say, “Woof woof.” Now all animals are dogs (because “dog” is a flexible term). What does a cat say? Woof woof. What does a pigeon say? Woof woof. What does the baby on the swing next to you say? Woof woof, that’s what.
And now you are standing–almost ready to start walking (but not quite yet because walking is scary). To imagine that less than a year ago you were a little baby lump that cried, slept and guzzled milk, well, we’ve come a long way. Thank you for taking me a long for the journey, you amazing little person you.