Gillian has her first tooth! She’s eight months now. This explains why she’s always sucking her thumb and biting whatever she can put into her mouth. I remember once when I carried her that she suddenly bit my shoulder and when I tried to pull my sleeve off, her mouth still won’t let go. It was a real funny sight. There were times when she can’t be satisfied by the taste of her fingers and prefer to suck her toes. Of course, I’m not a fan of it but she seems to find chances to sneak on me just to do this.
Gillian is also starting to have preferences. When she sees me or her papa, she would extend her hands (with raising feet apart too), gesturing that she wants to be carried. If we ignore her, she would whimper, stomp her tiny butt and feet ‘til you go back and hold her. On the other hand, when she sees an unfamiliar face approaching her, she would curl her lips and eventually would cry with an utmost pleading wail. It’s astonishing how a little being like that can produce an enormous loud sound!
Gillian is also reaching anything that captures her interest. If she can’t do it by her tiny hands, she will reach it by her feet. Yes, she knew very well how to use those little body parts creatively. Once, I had given her a tiny brochure about baby diapers which was included on the pack of diapers given by her aunts abroad. She was amused by the colorful pictures on it and won’t let go until she had torn it to pieces. That was her first paper-tearing moment. I’m so touched how Gillian was overwhelmed and so absorbed in doing it.
She also had developed a love for music. Her favorite part is when we listen together to the ringtones on my cell phone. She wants it played in the same sequence everytime. Recently, she wants to hold the phone herself and would wave it to the air as the music plays. She even shows a sign of dancing when she waves her hands in rhythm with the music. If she’s on this state, you can’t just grab the phone back as sure you will receive her protest cry.
These are only few of the wondrous things that Gillian can do now, (with that one tooth. :-)) Those amazing things that can bring enormous unexplainable pleasure and joy to us who love her.
I’m looking forward and can’t wait to see her next baby trick!
Working in the call center can be very stressing at times, especially if you’re on the night shift. You have to fight closing your eyes to sleep and to keep from looking at the clock every now and then. Most of all, you have to keep a straight head when talking to the customer, for the entire eight hours of your shift. As a mom of seven months old baby, it’s even harder. It’s impossible to get a full six or eight hours of undisturbed sleep, especially when you are trying to do this during the day. Add the fact that Gillian needs care and attention a lot. Although we have my mom to help out in taking care of Gillian, there are still times that she would need a warm cuddle from her own mother. She would cry for no apparent reason until I hold her and amuse her with a soothing hush of “I love you” or with my childish singing voice. Thanks for all those nursery rhyme songs I’ve learned from childhood, they really came in handy. This situation may sound enduring but this is not always the case. The joy of being a mom makes up for all the sleepless and stressful days. I could trade a couple of hours of rest for my daughter’s first smile, first word, first book-reading and all the first’s, second’s, third’s and onward actions of her life. I may get off from work tired and sleepy but thinking of going home to Gillian is my shot of caffeine. I’m always looking forward to go home to a little funny smile, to a baby mumble which is almost a word for “mama” or to a crying child which can simply be pacified by my hug and voice. It is truly an unsurpassed gift to be a mother.
Gillian came to me as a blessing and I’m too grateful that she has a loving father as well. I may not be there in every events of her life but I will make sure to love, support and guide her all the way always, now and beyond.
“I love you, Gillian.”