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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Worth a Thousand Words

Dear Emma,

About 3 weeks ago, I reintroduced you to yourself as an infant and toddler. We recently moved from the home that you have lived in since you were 5 months old, and during the clearing out process, I found my old camcorder that I had tucked away. There is one specific tape with years of memories on it. I have you from 5 days old to about 4 or 5. There are some moments with past loved ones on that tape too, like, the video of you in your great-great grandmothers arms at about 2 weeks old. She loved you so much. She passed away in 2005, but she spent a lot of time loving you and you loved her just as much.

We got a chance to sit down at granny's and watch that tape in its entirety. You got to see yourself cooing at the camera, sucking on your pacifier, dancing to a little chant that I used to sing that would get you all bouncy and smiley. Go Pooka, Go Pooka. You were my Pookadoo =). Its so easy for me to forget about those days as you grow, but once I see them, I am right back in those moments. Right back to remembering that your first two teeth to come in made you look like a bunny rabbit. You were such a happy little bunny. And when you started walking, around 13 months old, we were at your great-great grandma's, and I drove all the way back home to get that camcorder because I didn't wanna miss not one step. You went from crawling around the living room to running across the floor. It was amazing. I was so happy to have captured your first steps. I could have easily missed them since, at that time, I was back at Cal and you were spending your days and some late evenings with grandma.

The early months and years were so much fun. I took you everywhere with me, even to class! I'll tell you more about that later.


2 comments on "Worth a Thousand Words"

T.Allen-Mercado on March 25, 2010 at 9:37 AM said...

You know I'm a fan of yours, yes? But when you write to/about Emma, I feel this connection that is so much deeper, like we're of the same flesh...a mother's love is such an amazing force. I'm so happy Emma chose you, really-she couldn't have done better.

Emma's Mom on March 26, 2010 at 12:44 PM said...

Motherhood is turning out to be one of THE coolest clubs ever, and the coolest part has to be that its a lifetime membership. A trip to the sunshine state has got to be planned. I am imagining two little ladies doing some playing together =).


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