Manzil our sweet baby is seven months old,
and he got bundled up to experience his first real cold.
He went from splashing in water and beach sand,
to holding powdery snow in his teeny tiny hands.
He journeyed through the airport on yet another flight,
to look in awe at all of the holiday lights.
He smiled when he saw his picture hanging on the Christmas tree,
and every morning he still wakes up with glee.
He's improving his grip and now we have witnessed,
him snatching Christmas ornaments like nobody's business.
He's sucking on his socks to soothe the pain in his teeth,
and the only way to stop him is to put shoes on his feet!
And now he's stealing Momma's toothbrush to put in his mouth,
wondering when the rest of his teeth will come out.
He's meeting so many new people, learning to play with other babies,
and practicing being brave when he only wants Mommy and Daddy.
He signs to ask for food, drinks from a sippy cup,
and if you give him cereal, peas, bananas, or sweet potatoes he'll slowly eat them up!
He's scooting so far, to explore explore explore,
and smacking the springy stopper of the door.
Climbing on vents, under tables, in the laundry baskets, and finding wall sockets,
he's got the Mommy-Daddy rescue-me-card in his back pocket.
He's standing up with help, pushing the laundry basket to walk,
investigating the stairs, and using his hands to talk.
He's rolling in both directions, and sometimes on piles of books,
and loves to show off those "only Manzil can get away with this" looks.
Climbing on Grandma and Grandpa, giggling when Daddy tickles him,
singing with Mamma, and sleeping through his fingernail trim.
He'll let you clean him up in the shower in a jiffy,
but he escapes diaper changes better than Houdini.
He loves live music performances from friends,
he is sucking his thumb less,
and teaching so much to his parents,
Manzil, he is definitely the best,
We are loving every single moment!