Dad checking in here - Ella just had her nine month check up last week. It was a moment Kiana and I were anxiously awaiting. She is getting so big. Literally growing by the week. So many amazing things have happened since we've last written. In rapid achievement Ella learned how to stand up on her own, share items she is holding, how to crawl - everywhere, feed herself with her two new teeth and drink straight from a baby cup with a straw! Best of all she is now putting together early signs of ma-ma and da-da. Kiana and I are enthusiastically overjoyed.
She even plays with our other children, of the furry variety, Tyson and Kobi. They lick her face and she screams in utter delight at the wonderful sensation of cold sandpaper with a dash of slobber. To say the last three months have been amazing is a wonderful disservice to how I actually feel.
I find myself searching the internet for various toys for her - not sure if they are more for her or me! I think about her constantly and love the FaceTime sessions we have together when Kiana calls in on her iPhone or iPad. If Kiana wasn't already a stay at home mom I would be first in line to be a stay at home dad. I love being around my little Ella. The thought of her brings a smile to my face as I write this.
I'm amazed at the job Kiana has done with her - like her true calling in life was never to be a super-powered ad exec of the Mad Men variety, but that of a kind-hearted, patient, loving mother. She is caretaker of the most precious gift either one of us have ever received. The gift of life.
Right now Ella is both a gift and our life. I wouldn't change a thing.