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Babies grow at a tremendous rate. Sometimes it feels like you blink and all of a sudden they’ve mastered three new skills.

I love watching my baby and observing how she interacts with things. She just turned six months old and it feels like we’ve hit the “magical” age where so many changes take place!

For instance, the other day I was holding her and I walked over to the mirror. She initially looked at herself and smiled. Then she looked at the image of me. A confused look came over her face. She craned her neck and wiggled her body to look up at me. Then she looked back at the mirror. She looked at me again and then she looked at the mirror. Then she reached out and touched the mirror.

There was a stunned look on her face as her hand touched the hard surface. We stood there for a while and she stared. She stuck out her tongue. She stared some more.

I held her. I watched her. Then I kissed the top of her head.

Once again she smiled and began yelling gibberish at the mirror.

I love that I was a part of this moment… that I took the time to pause in my day and observe her learning and making sense of her world.



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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, and Deliberate Homeschooling. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.




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