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Dear Shepherd (7 Months)

Dear Shepherd,

You have been 7 months for two days and I can already tell this month is going to have some milestones. Every day you amaze me with your curiosity, tenderness and your utter, absolute, fascinating love for your big sasster. The two of you were made to be friends - the best kind of siblings. Here's some other things:

  • You are a chunk. No "weigh" around it. You have probably surpassed the 20lb mark. You also are just a tall boy. You are well on your "weigh" (ok, I'll stop now) to being a little studly beast of a man, just like your daddy.
  • You are solidly in 12 month clothes and size 4 diapers. So long size 3 and 9 month clothes!
  • You are talking! Let me clarify that this is not the crazy, non-stop talking your big sasster did (and who are we kidding---still does). Just here and there you will smile and say "dadada" or squeal and squak with delight. Daddy says this doesn't count as your first real word even though it is "dada".
  • You can sit all by yourself! i still pile pillows around you for the occasional topple over. 
  • You are trying to crawl. Every time I see it I have to resist the urge to flip you on your back and tell you "not yet". But don't worry about me. I don't think I'll ever be ready. I want you to stay my little bitty, non-mobile squishy forever and ever.
  • Even though you aren't crawling yet, you are rolling everywhere!
  • As I told you up there, you love love love your sasster. You are utterly fascinated with her, think she hung the moon, and laugh almost every time you see her. You have no idea how much joy this brings me as your mommy to see how much you two love each other. I pray you always love each other so much and that this love would just continue to grow.
  • You still love to jump and jump and jump and jump and jump and jump and jump (and jump) in your jumperoo (and jump).
  • You love the friends on your mobile still but you love the friends that mommy lets you hold and chew on even more.
  • You are so curious. You are fascinated by everything. You look at things and wonder: what would that feel like in my little grasp? what would that taste like if I put it in my mouth and chewed on it? Oh why not try it hum mum mum mum mum.
  • You still love to watch Praise Baby. Mommy turns it on for you while she and sister have their quiet times. You sing along and smile at the people and animals you see.
  • Still no teeth. You chew and drool on everything still. 
  • It's official. I think you are going to be stuck with chocolaty brown eyes, just like your mommy. They melt my heart every time I look into them.
  • You are a happy happy baby. Every day I pray for you, not that you would be happy, and not that you would be perfect, but that you would come to know the one who is. That our mighty God would know your name, would call you to himself, would set you apart and would rescue you from your sins. Whatever roads you walk in life, whatever jobs you have or dreams you follow, I pray that you would walk with HIM. 
You, my son, bring me delight and joy in my every day. I love you more than you will ever know and nothing you will do will ever change that. Happy 7 Months Shepherd!!

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