e l e v e n months! it’s getting harder for me to get excited for these monthly milestones, knowing that next month Luca will be one. I can’t believe that this is the last month of our first year together. It has been a wild ride! The more that Luca develops a personality and preferences, the more he resists my snuggles and his hands wiggle free of mine, the more I realize that he is becoming an independent little boy and the distance between now and his infancy is growing. He’s not a tiny baby anymore. I know he still needs me in every way, but at some point this year there was a shift. It’s different. And I’m having a hard time letting go of my baby being a baby. But, it’s been an incredible 11 months and I’m so thankful for each and every moment. I’m so thankful that I’ve been with him all day every single day, because I know how many people long for that. Luca is the light in each day. He gives me purpose and nothing mattered before him. Nothing matters more than him now. Motherhood has softened me up like an overripe peach. Here are a few milestones for month eleven: our boy is an eating machine. He hates socks and shoes and rips them off as fast as we get them on. He loves talking on the phone, no matter who it is. He is a fantastic night sleeper, but never figured out naps. He can walk with help from his walker toys and can cross a room in seconds. He thinks me telling him “no” is hysterical (Lord, help us). He is pure, sweet, delicious, happiness. And he smells soooo good!