8 months

Dear Gabrielito: 

You are 8 months (and a few days) old! This month has been a huge one for you. Not only did you begin walking around furniture but I believe that developmentally you have soared. You started saying more syllable words like: mama, tata, fafa, dada, yayay, estas and papa. You also discovered new sounds that often scare both Papi and Me! You can balance for a few seconds without holding on to anything and it seems like you are determined to walk soon (good luck to me!). But I think all of these changes is why you have yet to sleep through the night.

As I write this you are cutting 3 more teeth-- your little chompers drive me nuts. You really love to bite just about anything you can get into your mouth! Both Papi and I have the marks to prove it. You are able to hand me things if I ask you for them and you have a knack for finding the most obscure items. You can pick up very small things with your hands and it is very neat to see you fine-tune your motor skills. 

I already know that you are a very determined little guy. Even after you drop an item and can no longer see it with your eyes-- you go after it until you find it! I hope you continue with this determination for the rest of your life. I think you are also nurturing a great sense of humor. Sometimes when you are playing with your toys I see you chuckling by yourself. And other times it's a big belly laugh that just melts my heart. If you can learn to laugh by yourself than you can learn to find the happiness in every situation.

Lots has happened in the world around you. We lost a great world leader, Nelson Mandela. He was an advocate for peace and human rights. A genuine man that suffered throughout his life but then triumphed and impacted the world over. We even had some reality-TV (that I hope doesn't exist once you can read this) controversies that spilled over to relationships and every day conversations.

I would like to guard your heart from pain and hate but I know I will not be able to stop it from happening to you. However, I will try my very best to hand you the right tools to make the right choices and be the very best person you can be. I want you to always remember that the people that we should admire in this life do not tear others down. That our conversations should not only advocate peace but share our hope for equality for all.

As Nelson Mandela said so beautifully, "For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

Baby boy my hope and prayer for you is that you stay determined, joyful and learn to love equally and fully-- I cannot wait to celebrate more months with you.


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