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Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

Growing up so fast.

I am beginning to face the fact that our son will grow up... it is inevitable... It's exciting to see the progress he's making- even more so due to his prematurity. I long ago stopped adjusting his age and looking up what he "should" be doing and resolved to enjoy his milestones as he reached them... in his own time.

We've been spoiled in a way with him being early, were able to meet him before most. We spent days, weeks, just watching him. Staring as he slept 23 3/4 hours a day, just growing. We were able to memorize every detail of his face- segments at a time. Count his fingers and toes again and again. Learn the steady pattern of breath and beep. While an eternity at the time, these days passed quickly and the months at home have flown by too.

The past week or so, Xav has been picking things up at an alarming pace. He's learned to sit. And rock from side to side. He hugs and kisses and lights up at the sight of those he loves. Stories are told and books are read in a language just his own. He begins to "dance" at the first note of music and is interested in every little thing around him. He gets proud of himself when you cheer on tummy time and frustrated when he's had enough. Xavier has always been exploding with personality but it is amazing to watch him begin to interact with the world around him.

It is humbling to watch him grow, I am so proud of him, but my heart aches to hold onto these moments. He'll be 7 months old on Friday and 17 before I know it.

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  • Blogger Jamie says so:
    1:00 PM  

    So sweet, I really loved this post! Our babies are just days apart too. :) top

  • Blogger Adventures In Babywearing says so:
    1:43 PM  

    You are such a good mom. That is a big part of why that little guy is growing so well! He's watered with plenty of lovins! top

  • Blogger Amber says so:
    2:18 PM  

    Darling pictures and I LOVE his name. I'd never really heard it until just recently and it just seems to fit your little prince! top