As Clara approaches the 11 month mark, I am constantly amazed at how much she changes on a daily basis. I feel like I can almost see her growing - it's that fast.
As she plays, and crawls, and cruises around the apartment I catch glimpses of other people. Sometimes when she smiles, I see my twin sister Becky. Just the other day I was marveling at her eyebrows which have just a tinge of red...(where did that come from?) and in that instant I could see my sister Sam. Her eyes - a deep blue-green hazel eyes are her own unique color but they are shaped just like her father's. In fact, all of Gerald's family seem to share that slightly cat-lidded look. Happily, she also seems to have inherited her father's toes but her tiny mouth is pure Mama. My mother is convinced the swirl of hair on top of her head in from me, and just this morning Gerald showed me a baby picture of his father and it turn's out, Clara has Skip's cheeks. Clara loves listening to music and people singing and she's getting that gene from both sides. Directly from her father, and more distantly on my side from my two sisters.
As she crawls around using her left leg as a propeller I wonder if she will be left handed. Myself and her paternal aunt and grandmother are all left-handed. Gerald scoffs at this and points out that she usually uses her right hand when eating. We'll see about that!
For all her similarities to her family, Clara's personality is one-of-a-kind. I love watching that grow the most. She constantly makes me and her father, and everyone around her smile - and that trait is unique to Clara.