March 20, 2018

A Letter to Elle at Nine Months

This is the ninth in a series of monthly updates during Elle’s first year.

Elle at Nine Months

Oh sweet Elle Belle –

I feel like a broken record, but I’m going to say it anyway… This month was the best month yet! Truly, every month with you gets better and better. My favorite memory of the month was taking you to the beach for the first time. I’m excited for a lifetime of adventures with you. You’re such a great little traveler.

After nine months of being your mom, I feel more and more like we are really finding our rhythm and working together as a team. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I just feel like we are really getting to know each other and understand each other better and better. And that makes things easier on the both of us. Angel – we will always be on the same team, okay? I will always work with you for your best good.

After nine months of being your mom, I am learning to keep my fingers away from your mouth. Ha! Silly, but true. That’s because now you have seven (almost eight!) teeth! A couple of weeks ago, four teeth dropped down at the same time on the top literally overnight! Then you recently gained another bottom tooth. Speaking of your mouth and teeth, you are such a good eater! We have yet to find anything you don’t like. Avocado / guacamole continues to be your favorite, but your palette has expanded to include even deviled eggs at Brasserie 19.

After nine months of being your mom, I’m really enjoying learning your personality. I mentioned Brasserie 19, a neighborhood restaurant, as an example of you being a very social baby. You love going places with us. You always light up around other people and in the process make them smile and brighten their days. You’ve never met a stranger. You “talk” to everyone you meet and flash your sunshine of a smile. I joke that you are definitely your father’s daughter, as you have such a social nature. You are bound to be the life of the party – unlike your introverted mom. This may sound strange to say for a baby, but it really is clear that you love life. You have such a zest for life. And that joy and excitement is contagious.

After nine months of being your mom, I am still amazed by watching you learn new skills. Right now, unbelievably to me, you are so very close to walking! In fact, Tita says it’s likely going to be just a few more weeks until you are doing so. In the meantime, nothing makes you happier than standing and practicing your walking while holding my hands. A huge smile spreads across your face each time we do this. You are so proud of yourself, and I am so proud of you! You are so incredibly smart. I love watching you figure things out. Never lose that sense of curiosity, sweet girl.

After nine months of being your mom, I am already learning so much from you. Appreciate the simple joys of life. Get excited about the little things. Value the power of a nap. Never underestimate the power of a smile. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishments. Beauty on the outside begins with a beautiful heart on the inside. Start each day with a smile and a grateful heart.

Indeed, after nine months of being your mom, my heart simply overflows with gratitude. As I often say to you, “How did I get so lucky to have the best baby ever?” Seriously, though, you’re the best. There’s nothing that matters more to me in this life than you. Being your mommy is the greatest joy and privilege I could ever hope for. Actually, it’s beyond any of my hopes and dreams.

I am lucky. I am blessed. I am your mommy forever and always.

You have all my love, my sweet angel.



See Carrie’s previous monthly letters to Elle here.

Photos by Maritere Rice, Balloon by Big Ass Balloons

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