Monday, September 24, 2007


Dear Claire,
Today you turned 17 months old. I have been distracted. Your dad and I have been facing some hard business things and my response is typical mama. I want to fix things. Things that are bigger than I can fix. The answer continues to be "wait." Somehow, I had this idea in my head that most of the waiting in life is over by the time you hit adulthood. Silly mama. Waiting is lifelong. In your way, you have been teaching me that, girlie. You are completely in the moment. You spend entire days aerobically running. You are easily distracted. You add words to your vocabulary every day. You are not the same person you were a month ago. Best of all, you toddle up and give us hugs and kisses, even when we've done nothing to warrant your affection.

Despite my frustration at customers who "forget" to pay for their purchases, there has been tremendous joy over the last month. Teaching you the sign for banana. Watching you communicate in ways you couldn't have a month ago. You are becoming a little girl right before my eyes. A year ago, you were still fuzzy around the edges.
And now, you are an animal. You crawl up under your toy cars to fix them. You want to get your own sippy cup. You have friends. You still wave, but now you say hi. Now you dance. Now you blow kisses. I wouldn't change a thing.
Love, Mama


Glory Laine said...

What a little woman. Claire I am so glad when the twins get to spend time with you during Mops. Your Moma and I have the best time and seem to communicate with just an eye roll. Keep your eye on Jabe. I know he seems like a little shrimp right now but he has cool writen all over him and I think you two would make cute babies together (after you're married and your practice is thriving.)Happy 17th.

Happy McNally Mom said...

You are such an awesome mom. Claire is so beautiful. It will be so fun for the two of you guys to look back at this blog in years to come and see how much she has grown.

Valerie of Momia said...

Happy 17 months, Claire!


P.S. Thanks for playing with me today!

Anonymous said...

Claire is such a cutie. Maggie had a fantastic time with her yesterday. She is adorable, and I see now that the photos do capture real-life faces.

Thanks for bringing her over. It made me miss the toddler days. She's so sweet.

By the way, Mason has the flu today, I'm so sorry! He wasn't around Claire much, so I'm hoping it doesn't pass on to her.

Anonymous said...

I hope things get better with the 'business'. Claire is adorable as always! We lost this baby :( It has been really hard. I had surgery on Monday but maybe after I get to feeling a little better (physical & emotional) we can get the kids together again. Luv Ya!

Kristin & Brayden