Dear 9 months old Alice,
May I ask you a question? Is your new ability to pull yourself up to stand an attempt to keep me away from writing on my blog? Of course, I could write at night when you are sound asleep but that would only leave me a window of less then two hours since you go to bed at 8pm and I rarely keep my eyes open after 10pm.
Maybe it is just me but I became totally aware that I was a mother when I looked at the clock on New Years Eve and told myself: "Shit, I will totally regret going to bed that late (it was not even 11pm)!"
I should not complain since you are generally a good sleeper but from time to time you still enjoy a sip of warm milk at 1am and another one at 4am. However, I must thank you for making your nightly snacks a breeze. Basically, you made a self service dairy buffet out of me. Let me tell you that your sleeping mother almost had a heart attack the first time you crawled to my bare bosom and started to suck clumsily!
Don't ever apologize for interrupting my snoozing time! I'm well aware that it is perfectly normal for 9 months old babies to wake up during the night. When people ask me if you sleep through the night, I proudly tell them the truth and add that I actually don't mind taking care of you in the wee hours.
For the moment, I have no interest in making you an "independent" baby. Your crib is still in our bedroom and you spend most of the night comfortably tucked between your dad and I (and the cat). As far as I'm concerned, why change something that works well. You are growing up so fast and I have no plans to accelerate the process.
On a side note, I gave your father a book called Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late. It is a subtle message concerning a bad sleeping habit of his. As I told him, I have no pity for tired fathers who go to bed late in the name of computer games!!
Keep up the good work kitten since you are a pure delight.
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vanessa - lynn david handbag co.: I hope that you had lovely holidays.
sixorangecarrots: I know. They are so funny :)
a loopy life: Thank you so much.
clairsy: Ah, thank you! I'm so happy that you like my blog. xox
sophie: Thank you. There will be more family adventures in 2012.
courtney: Thank you Courtney. You are not writing on your blog anymore? xox
lina: Merci Lina! xox
bugheart: As you said, now that I have a baby I have this need of doing some good for others. Maybe I'm not as self centered anymore, ah! You should get the DIY nativity set. It is super fun and easy to make. Plus, it looks very cool. Oh, we never did St. Lucia celebrations until this year. Having a little St. Lucia was very amusing and it made my Swedish friend happy.
taryn: I'm happy with how easy the nativity scene was to make and it looks super cute. It was a good investment. I hope that you had a merry Christmas.
kaylovesvintage: Wishing you a lovely 2012 with many wonderful adventures!
the franglaise: Now that Alice is a crazy little crawler, I'm also a zzz ZZZ zzz ZZZ! She can be pretty draining.
daniela: Thank you! I love doing little crafts :)
sometimes life is bliss and sometimes not !: I had such a good time making the pine cones. Very relaxing.
oscarlucinda: They do look magical! Oh, two words for little one who hates to leave her mama's arms : baby carrier!
sandra: You are right, I should take more pictures with cardigans made by my mother. I will do that this week.
bloom right here: So happy that you are also the kind of person that find doing stuff relaxing.
mummabear: Even with dental dog food, Brian smells pretty bad.
anonymous: Ah, don't worry! Brian is in good hands. According to our vets, it is a miracle that our dog is still alive since most people would not want to deal with all his medical problems (time + $$$). We just generally focus on the most "important" problems and his bad breath is not one of those (even according to our vets).
peanut: Yes, it is glue. It is "normal" epoxy glue that you can get at any hardware store. Just be careful with your finger...it is pretty strong.