24.8.11

7 months









If this months portrait looks vaguely familiar, it's because all I've done is rub out the number six from last month and change it to a seven. "Eulalie 6 months" has been on the chalk board this whole time. When I say this whole time, I know it's only been a month. But so much has happened. Life has changed for our family forever, and I think we're still to fully realise the profound enormity of this loss, for at this moment... everything still feels very surreal.

As one life sadly comes to an end, another leaps forward with determined advancement. Eulalie has changed so much this month, and with everything that's happened, it's been a challenge keeping up with her. The last few weeks we've felt lethargic and unmotivated while Lalie has upped the anti, armed with a new found confidence and desire for independence that comes with learning and discovering so many new skills and abilities. And with this also comes the frustration of wanting to do more. more. MORE! She wants it all and she wants it N.O.W!

We finally moved her into the cot, in her own room. She loves the cot, and since realising she's more comfortable sleeping on her tummy, her daytime naps have lengthened considerably. The nights have also improved slightly, but the broken sleep is still a killer, even if it's only once or twice a night.

The other day I put her in the cot while I tidied up her room. She loves it in there. She hangs on the bars and wobbles around groaning like a gorilla at the zoo. This particular day she proceeded to pull herself up to a standing position. I just stared in absolute amazement. When she stood all the way up, she just looked over at me and giggled as if to say "Whoa, did you see that? And you're all the way over there... so that means I did that ALL BY MYSELF!".

She's not far off crawling, which I'm kinda excited about. Yes, I know I'm going to have to baby-proof everything and watch her every move... but I think being able to get around is going to ease her frustrations and make for a happier baby who can entertain herself for longer.

Oh, and how could I forget to mention the arrival of two little toothy pegs? They've caused Havoc, but they're finally here. And the hair? One of the most frequently uttered phrases in this household of late is "Her hair is going gangbusters!". Pretty well sums it up.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I'm a mum. I have a baby. I'm here, doing it. It's happening. This is it. The past seven months has been such a whirlwind, I can't believe we're actually here. But then, it's like I can't remember (at least I can't imagine) life without our Lalie Bug. And I don't want to... she brings us so much joy and laughter and a love that is out of this world...

...and it's this joy, laughter and love that is going to see us through the bleak days ahead. I know it will.

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Thanks to those of you who left such comforting messages, it really means so much. And to any newbies that have stumbled here via the seventy tree, welcome! I know it's been a little slow around here... but I'm happy to be back.

24 comments :

  1. She is so adorable :) Happy 7 months to Eulalie. Take care x

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  2. I cant even read the post. i cant even think. she is sooooooooooooooo cute. like, unnaturally cute.

    okay. as you were. i will now read the text

    xo

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  3. ahh that girl. she's a goer!

    ox

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  4. I have missed you Claire and hope that you are ok.
    Could Eulalie be any cuter - I mean seriously!!

    I also need to apologize to you.
    I thought that I had posted pics of the fantastic monkey bowling set that I won on your blog but for some reason when I set the timer thingy the post didn't post (obviously I don't really know what I am doing!) ... so please don't think I am a bad ungrateful blogging friend because I promise I am not. We LOVE our monkeys very much - thank you and please forgive me x

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  5. Don't be silly, Eliza. I never expected you to post about your winnings... thats not what it was about! But thank you anyway :) ...and glad to hear the monkeys found a good home x

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  6. she looks so thrilled to be 7 months old! i hope things are looking up for you guys. xx

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  7. It's nice to see you back :) Eulalie is growing so fast and looking so cute. Very forward for her age to be pulling herself up! I am going through the same thing with Violet...often grumpy and frustrated, teething dramas and two bottom teeth to show for it. xo

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  8. How adorable is that little girl of yours! She's only 7 months but she's got such amazing facial expressions already. Each day I remain amazed as to how much joy and happiness my son brings to my life, and it's true that our children's smiles and laughters ease the difficult times we sometimes have to face. I'm glad to see you back here in blogland.

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  9. She is such an absolutely adorable cutie, have the time of her life! Hugs x

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  10. Eulalie is just too cute for words!! What a treasure these monthly pics will be in years to come.

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  11. As always Eulalie is supremely cute and is wearing an amazing outfit.
    It's hard but a blessing that they force you to live and be present even in hard times, hope her beautiful smile and nature help you heal.

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  12. Completely beautiful and adorable and all round awesome. Loving the outfit (of course!), the pink and green look so good together. I absolutely think a knitted bow for that gal would rock...email me and we'll talk. xx

    ps. Lots of love to you at this time lovely lady. You deserve only awesome things x

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  13. welcome back. we missed you.

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  14. So lovely to see you and your gorgeous lady back! Beautiful pics.
    But so sorry to read what has happened. So devastating. It seems though with every great loss there is new life (something I have experienced all too well) and I think baby's and children are great distractors and really keep you moving and in the moment. Especially when putting one foot in front of the other seems almost impossible.
    Take care and I will continue to read and pretend like my children are not 8 and 3 years old and I have a cute 7 month old!
    Vicarious much?!

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  15. so sorry to hear about your loss, such a hard thing to go through while you're also trying to keep life normal for a little one.

    she is looking gorgeous as usual. i loved when my girls learned to crawl too, they were so much happier for it and it was nice to see their frustration gone.

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  16. She's back! With one enormous, heartfelt, gorgeous post, with super cute photos and amazing stories of Lalie's supreme developments to boot. She's back. And thank the lord for that! Kellie xx

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  17. you're back! and with all that cuteness...how can we cope? Love that last shot best - oh the cheekiness. Watch out Muma! xxx

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  18. Happy 7 months gorgeous Lalie! Totally agree with Kellie. I love this post! xx Welcome back lady.

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  19. oh 2 more things: that bub knows how to work a photo shoot (check ou those poses!) and I love how you have lollies on your shopping list. They're an essential. xx

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  20. Such a gorgeous little girl! Love her outfit :)

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  21. Love her cheeky smile and LOVED the video (can only see it on my reader not on your actual blog). What a little mover and shaker!

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  22. Yay you're back! Sorry for your recent loss. A happy smiley bub must be so comforting at this time.

    I love Lalie's overalls - I bought the same ones in navy for our bub (when they arrive). Cute!

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  23. She's adorable! I actually stumbled upon you via Fast Times In Munchen and I love the site so far. I'm a new mom (to a 4 week old baby) and have been looking for blogs written by other moms of young kids whos writing and approach resonate with me. I'm really glad I found your lovely blog!

    S.

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