Our 10-month olive shoot

Eden had a 10-month growth spurt last week. For the non-parents, it means for a few days she ate heaps and slept more, which is not too different to adults on some days (maybe we can use the same excuse for eating and sleeping – “sorry just having a growth spurt”…)!

Cheryl and I have both noticed that since then:

  • her “awake” time has increased from 3 to 4 hours – which means with two good naps in a day, she’s not tired till 9pm
  • she’s more sociable, and seems to want to communicate with us and others
  • she’s babbling a bit more
  • she’s much more interested in photos that we show her
  • she’ll offer her hand out to respond to high fives
  • she’s started to stand herself up for a few seconds at time (she stood for 15 seconds when the Richardsons came round yesterday!)

Eden 10 months


While it’s all moving so fast (as every parent seems to feel), we want to celebrate each undeserved moment. I want to share one in particular that God gifted me last night.


We’re at our church’s evening service.

Cheryl is in the pews and taking notes from  the sermon.  I’m in the foyer on a couch, attempting to keep Eden in one spot.  She’s happily crawling around on the couch and in her right hand is a half-eaten snack.

The cracker is soft from her holding it for a long time.

I lean my head towards one of its corners.

“If you’re not going to eat it Eden…”

She hears the crunch, turns to me with a quizzical look…

then grins, and holds her hand out towards me, as if to say “here, have some more”.

She stares at me with a sweet smile and lets out a soft giggle for each playful bite I take.

And lest I finish off her food, before I can react she pulls her hand back and turns away to keep eating.


It seemed to me as if time slowed down, with a strong impression suggesting I’d just witnessed a special, almost (dare I say it) sacred moment.


“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.” – Psalm 128:3


2 replies on “Our 10-month olive shoot”

  1. This is so sweet William! I will always remember older women telling me “cherish every moment you have with them at this age!” I never understood that at the time, maybe it was because of exhaustion, or looking forward to the next stage and most probably rushing them through to the next exciting stage. But now that my girls are school age and Pre-school age, I totally understand what they meant, I just want them to stop growing! I can hardly keep up or remember those precious little babies/toddlers they once were! What your doing by recording/writing down those precious moments will be priceless in the years to come, that’s one thing I’m thankful for technology, being able to capture every moment! Enjoy her at every stage, try not to rush through it and take time to embrace and savour it. I would encourage you to keep doing what your doing, my kids love watching themselves as babies!


    1. Thanks Jas, yeah that’s good advice. We are keen to capture as much as we can!

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