Tuesday, December 13, 2011

To LBK: Your First Christmas

Dear Quinn,

My Little Baby Kirtley isn’t such a little baby anymore. You’re nine months old now! I can’t believe how fast time is flying. You’re becoming such a big boy. I love how excited you get when you learn something new. I get excited, too! It makes me so happy to watch you learn and explore.

Your crawling started out as a hesitant scooching, but now you’re cruising around the house at turbo speed. We’re going to start calling you Lightning McQuinn!

When you first learned to sit up by yourself, you would be on your tummy on the floor, and I would turn around just for a second. Then I would look back and you’d be sitting up! I kept missing it! I remember the day I heard you wake up from your nap and I found sitting up in your crib. Then Daddy lowered your crib all the way to the bottom. It made me so proud of you, but also just a teeny bit sad that you’re growing up so fast.  

It’s so funny how you never sit still. I’ve never seen a busier child! You roll, crawl, sit up, pull up onto your knees, crawl some more, flip over and spin around – all in about five seconds. Daddy and I joke that we should lay down some cardboard and give you a boom box since you’re so obviously going to be an awesome break dancer. What’s a boom box, you ask? Um, yeah, never mind. Mommy and Daddy are old.

This time last year, you were still in Mommy’s tummy, and you were moving around a lot back then, too! I spent last Christmas daydreaming about what your first Christmas would be like. I thought about what jammies you would wear on Christmas morning and what would be in your stocking. I wondered if you would want to open your presents or just tear up the paper. We’ll find out in just a couple weeks. The year has flown by, and your first Christmas is here! I really want it to be special for you.

Your gifts from Mommy and Daddy are wrapped up under our tree in the front room. You’ve already torn the sparkly bows off of a couple of them. Gifts from your Grandma Lori and Grandpa Rocky are coming in the mail, and Grandma Mary and Poppa Steve have presents for you to open at their house. Santa Claus and I talked, and I think I know what he’s bringing you on Christmas morning! You’re about to be one spoiled little dude!

We have Christmas music on in the family room almost all day, and we hum along. Your favorites so far are Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. You also like the “HA HA HA” part of Dashing Through the Snow. Singing Christmas carols is one of the ways I try to get you to hold still while getting you dressed. I always emphasize the “You better be good for goodness sake” part of Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. It works about half the time.

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. Now that we have you, it’s even more special. You’re the best gift Mommy and Daddy could ever receive.

I love you, baby boy.