Lerochka, today I witnessed your making very first steps. So far there were two steps at first and five a bit later (counted by your grandma). Out of all the milestones (and you’ve reached many!) this has been the most emotional. My little baby is starting to walk. Not even towards me. Not needing my hand. Reaching for independence.

You’ve been walking and holding my finger for quite a while but these past two days you splashed in the ocean for the first time, maybe it filled you up with energy and confidence. I hope you’ll always have a place to dip to replenish your cup of confidence. Maybe hugging each other could be that ocean for you. It certainly is for me.

P.S. Now let me get all dorky and remember the date: 7/8/12 around 9 pm EST.