If Piper were my first born, I would be noting all her words and milestones to the day: funny things, developmental strides, activities we did, places we traveled. But she's my third. I've got to rely on photos and texts I sent to my family along the way to piece together her historical record: "She cut a tooth!" And: "She waved!"
According to these primary sources, Piper was doing the following at 7 months old: scooting and crawling around the house (preferably directly to any and all electrical outlets); waving and saying, "Hi!" (She's actually been doing those things for quite a while, but I can't remember when she started either); using her two bottom teeth to torture her mother during feedings, then laugh in her tortured mother's face; and telling jokes by shoving her pacifier and other toys all the way into her mouth or at funny angles until everyone is in hysterics. Somewhere along the way she became one of the girls. She and her sisters play busily and constantly all over the house together, and the distinction between the things the big girls can play and the things the baby can play are already beginning to blur. It amazes me how much they've doted on her since day one and how seamlessly they've incorporated her into their routines and games.
I'm Julia Soplop, writer and photographer. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.