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Squeals of Delight


Aria’s kissThis is how Aria looks before she strikes with kiss.

I just spent fifteen minutes playing with Aria, genuinely playing with her with my heart almost bursting with joy. I’m going to share that joy with you since it won’t stay inside me.
Aria has recently learned how much fun kisses are and is constantly dishing them out to her toys, to pictures, to us, and even to the floor! Recently, I’ve been reading a biography about Keith Green (No Compromise) and his smiling face is on the cover of the book. Aria always smiles when she sees it and wants to give the picture kisses. One of her most cheerful times is when she awakens from a nap and has a belly full of milk. I usually take advantage of these times to get things done and leave her to play on the floor. Well, today I sat her on her mat and lay down beside her to read. However, Aria didn’t want me to read and proceeded to do everything she could to get my attention. She started to lunge her body towards me and attack me with big, wide open mouth kisses. I had slobber all over my nose, mouth, and cheeks and couldn’t stop laughing. My laughter just caused her to get more excited and attack me with renewed vigor. There is a line in a song by the Sweet Colleens that says, “I wouldn’t trade this time with you for my whole years wages…” That’s exactly how I felt. Times such as these make all those diapers and nighttime wakings worth every bit of energy I have extended! Being loved and important to a precious baby is enough to make me feel on top of the world.

Intense AriaWhen Aria plays, she just looks super intense.

Besides kissing, Aria is on the verge of crawling and practices it with determination despite the many face plants. She can proficiently push herself backwards, but going forward seems to be a little trickier for her. She seems intense about everything— eating, playing, crawling, kicking— she’s got a strong will at work. When she was a wee babe, she hardly seemed human. Newborns are so sweet and helpless— so new from God. Aria is beginning to show that she is definitely human and I’ve been amazed by an occasional temper tantrum. Oh, what to do with my little bundle?
Aria is still a social baby and squeals with delight when given the opportunity to spend time with kids— I don’t think anything makes her happier. She’s a superstar wherever we go with people pinching her cheeks and wanting to take her picture. She endures the cheek-pinching as long as they don’t try to take her thumb away. I am constantly given advice on how to care for her. I smile, nod, and take it with a grain of salt.

aria playingAria playing.

All in all, Aria does seem to be doing well here. She’s more clingy than she used to be; I’m sure all the changes in our lives have impacted her. I need to remember to give her grace as I myself am so in need of it.
Well, I’m sure Aria would have much more to say if she had more words in her vocabulary other than “baa baa baa” and “agoo”, but until then, I’ll have to just guess!

5 Responses to “Squeals of Delight”

  1. Jessica Goff
    March 16th, 2006 08:10

    i loved this entry… it makes me wish i could spend some time with you and aria… but not too long til i get to see you again. beautiful word pictures you painted of your gorgeous little daughter… almost felt like i was there.

  2. Andrew Hall
    March 16th, 2006 11:58

    Rachel – I came here via your comment on Krista’s blog. Looks like you’re adjusting to life in India – and Aria is quite cute!

    I’ll be back to visit! Blessings!

  3. Rebekah Garneau
    March 16th, 2006 12:36

    Hey Rachel,

    Wow…I love reading all your articles and viewing the pictures, especially the ones you write about Aria. Blessings to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Sarah K.
    March 17th, 2006 22:59

    That was a fun bit to read, Rachel! It sounds like you are doing well, but we miss you here! Blessings to you 3!!! 🙂

  5. Rachel
    March 20th, 2006 05:25

    Glad you enjoyed my rambles on my dear daughter. Since she’s my most constant shadow right now, she’s the most logical choice of “things” to write about!

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