Dear Denali

Dear Denali: Seven Months

December 23, 2014

The wave. It’s your new favorite thing. The first time you waved at me, I had just dropped you off at Grandma and Grandpa’s, so I could join your dad for his work holiday party. Grandpa was holding you on the porch. He waved goodbye as I backed out of the driveway—and you did, too! […]

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Dear Denali: Six Months

November 23, 2014

You are on a roll! Literally. For a several weeks, you’ve been playing on your play mat in the doorway of the bathroom while I shower. One recent morning, I noticed you rolling off the mat and out of my view. I kept opening the shower door to check on you, and by the time […]

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Dear Denali: Five Months

November 2, 2014

Everything is hilarious. At least you think so. And it’s a whole lot of fun. After giggling a bit with your grandparents, you finally laughed long and hard at me. All I did was lean into you on the changing table. It caught me by surprise, and when I repeated it, you laughed again. Shortly […]

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Dear Denali: Four Months

September 23, 2014

These last few weeks have been so very good. I’d read about how babies change significantly at around three months, and with you, it’s true. You are markedly more alert and happy during the day (even in the car!), and you sleep really well at night (one wake-up, usually at 4 a.m.) and at nap […]

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Dear Denali: Three Months

August 23, 2014

Confession: Before having a child of my own, I thought that for most of their first year, babies were more or less like slugs. Constantly growing, sure, but not doing much more than crying, eating, filling diapers, and laying there. It’s truly fascinating to me how much of a little person you already are at […]

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Dear Denali: Two Months

July 23, 2014

Let’s just get right to what everyone wants to know: how you’re sleeping. I’m happy to report that your sleeping habits improved dramatically this month. At six weeks, we moved you from the bassinet in Mommy and Daddy’s room to the crib in your room. Your nighttime sounds (grunts, sighs, etc.) plus the squeaky squeak […]

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Dear Denali: One Month

June 23, 2014

Well, this first month was hard. Harder than I imagined. I wasn’t sure how much to say in a letter, ostensibly, written for you. But I’d like to keep it real—even if you won’t fully understand it until you have a child of your own, as I didn’t until I had you. This experience of […]

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Dear Denali: One Week

May 29, 2014

It took about a day to name you. Sorry about that. Most of your hospital stuff (bracelet, bassinet placard) says “Baby Jones.” But in my defense, I had “Denali” at the top of my list since January, when it came to me in a dream. Seriously. I had a dream while napping that I had […]

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