We were going to post a picture of us playing at the zoo - but we were having too much fun. So we'll post those later. For now, Sam & I are wandering the habitats pushing our beautiful, sleeping child... What a great day.
We went out for our first just-the-two-of-us stroller afternoon today. (I got her, her bag & the stroller down the 3 fights of stairs all on my own!) We played in Bryant Park & now are just enjoying the breeze at WW Plaza. Good times. I sure do love her.
We're already halfway to your august birthday! This has been one of our greatest months, making it easy to ignore the computer for a while and play with you.
You now say some words with regularity - "cat" being your favorite and Schiele darts across the living room... "Dad" and "Mama" are clear and, boy, do we still melt at the sound of them. You're walking, too. And do this cute shrug with your hands in the air for "what's going to happen?" or "I don't know!" Oh, the list is long.
But mostly, you laugh. And laugh. And laugh.
We went to visit Grandma and Grandpa Stiers this month and I've never seen you happier than you were with all those animals around. The puppy was the clear favorite, though the horses were a close second. And I'll never forget watching you "get big" to help herd the cattle while making your "mmmmmmmmoo" sound.
Oh, my love. We laugh a lot. You find joy out of everythng and nothing, and it's changed my life.
Time is moving perilously fast. Though I no longer feel the sadness I used to at that realization. Oh sure, I would desperately love to slow it all down - have more time; have nothing to do but spend each precious second with her. Playing, laughing - even the hard times when she's tired or doesn't feel good.
But something she has given me - the ultimate gift she has given me, is the ability to sit down and just be. To be present. To be with her, and no where else. Not analyzing yesterday, not being anxious about tomorrow... just enjoying her.
It's impossible not to. She changes each second. She's constantly learning, constantly doing something new. I feel like each day, each moment is somehow - inexplicably, unbelievably, miraculously - better than the last.
I don't know what the future holds for us, but I do know it will be filled with pure, unadulterated happiness.