Thankful Day 18: Miss Independent

Caroline is a really independent baby. She would rather figure something out on her own than come to me for help. She’s amazingly smart. She doesn’t need me to carry her much (because of ALL THE WALKING), she doesn’t need me to feed her snacks, she doesn’t need me to climb the stairs (which is good because I died dead of a heart attack last night when I found she had climbed a full flight to my bedroom even though she’s never even LOOKED at them before), and she doesn’t need me to rock her to sleep. She likes me well enough, but if you have an empty lap and arms, she will happily come sit in it and hug you.

Just ask the very surprised woman at the play place yesterday who was wrestled into cuddling by one very insistent baby. LOVING BABY GIVES YOU LOVES WHETHER OR NOT YOU WANT THEM. I’m not entirely sure the woman was OK with the situation (although that’s ridiculous because who wouldn’t want the most adorable baby ever to cuddle with them?) so I rescued her by letting Caroline chew on my phone (sidebar: Has anyone seen my volume button?)

I love that Caroline is so brave. I love that she’s fearless. I love that she’s a red-headed spitfire and nothing can stop her. But it is equal parts terrifying. If she’s this headstrong at 10 months old, what’s she going to be like at 3? Or 8? Or (God help me) 16? It also hurts my heart a little bit because OMG MAH BAYBEEE. It’s happening too fast. I need time to slow down, to give me more moments with my little munchkin before she becomes a kid.

How many more cheese-face, belly roll, butt crack days do I have left? Today I am thankful for ever single moment.



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8 Responses to “Thankful Day 18: Miss Independent”

  1. Audrey says:

    1. I have been having those exact thoughts about Delilah recently too. And I just realized the other day…holy crap, she’s not a baby anymore. She’s a TODDLER now!!

    2. We were watching the video together and she pointed at Caroline and said, BABY. !!

  2. Oh, how I love this. I’m seriously getting as many cuddles from Noah (7.5 months) as I can now because I just don’t know how long it’ll last once he’s fully mobile and into all the little boy things that little boys get into.

    Caroline is SO. STINKIN. CUTE. I can hardly stand it. And I’m laughing at the thought of her cuddling a random woman at play group.

  3. Leah says:

    Those are the cutest little muffin tops I ever did see.

  4. raincheckmom says:

    She can always get work as a plumber if all else fails…she’s got the butt for it….

  5. Kimberly says:

    Well if she gives you a problem at 16, you can just pass these pics around school ;)
    Neither of my boys sit still long enough for snuggles, so I may have to come steal some from Caroline!

  6. Robyn says:

    Rory’s pretty independent too, and it makes me really protective of her…i don’t want anyone to crush her spirit! super cute butt pic, btw!

  7. Erin says:

    I love all her adorable rolls and how she’s not too shy to flaunt them!!!

  8. Can’t imagine where Caroline got her independence????Seems to me I remember another little girl with a very strong mind.

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