April 29, 2011

13 Months Old: The Many Faces of Tess.

Today was one of those days when Tessa's bedtime could not come fast enough. My house was loud today -- crammed with her cries and shrieks and squeals and growls so that even now that she's gone off to sleep I keep imagining I hear her still. She's getting over a stomach bug and she's cutting trillions of teeth and who knows what else? She wanted to be held all day long. Which is fine mostly. Except that, Lord, sometimes it's not fine at all.

We're having a cookout tomorrow for 30 of Nekos' co-workers so I was trying to get the house cleaned up and put red velvet cupcakes in the oven while finishing a writing deadline. The cupcakes turned out brown, not red. And the house still needs some work before people show up tomorrow. But Tess thought those were super lame excuses and didn't want to hear it. She wanted me to sit outside with her.

When I can't think what in the world to do with her, I take her outside. She fusses less. Her caramel skin sops up the sunlight and her eyes take in the wonder of the blue sky and green trees. Because of her, I can't help but notice all that stuff more too. I love this little girl. She is a special soul. A special soul with temper tantrums.


  1. She sure is beautiful! I love the second and third pictures :)

  2. aw, it's hard being a toddler. get her an amber necklace, it has really helped with Lily's teething. if you go on my blog and in the search box type in "amber" there is a whole explanation and a link about the wonders of amber.
    have fun this weekend!

  3. She is a special soul. I love these new photos of her. And her skin really is the most beautiful color of caramel. I could eat her up. June has been cranky a lot lately too. It must be hard being their age. Hard on us too!

  4. I loved this! I've been wondering if I should have a baby of my own one day because I worry about things like this- the fussy days- will it drive me nutso? You've just reassured me that even within the fussy, drive ya crazy kind of moments, there is still loveliness.
    p.s. I know a lot of folks that love the amber necklaces for their teething babes. I think Etsy has sellers. Good luck w/ the party!