It’s so hard to believe that you are one already. It seems like just yesterday you were the tiny squishy newborn who loved to snuggle. I remember your favorite place to sleep was on my chest or your Daddy’s. Although, considering how I just had to wrap you in the Moby to get you to take a nap, I don’t think you’ve completely outgrown that yet. And for that, I am thankful.
You have grown and changed so much in the past year. You went from a sleepy little baby to an inquisitive toddler tornado. Nothing is safe – you need to explore everything. You make a beeline for any open door, pull yourself up on every table, and climb each staircase, giggling your way to the top. You are fearless and don’t let silly little things like gravity and the 3 foot drop off the bed scare you. I don’t even know how many times we’ve had to prevent you from diving over the edge. I hope that you’re always this brave when you’re out there in the real world. But remember, if you ever get scared, we’re here for you no matter what.
Your emotions have always been front and center – when you’re happy, you’re smiling, laughing, dancing and clapping. And when you’re upset, well, you let everyone in a 3 mile radius know. Fortunately for us and our eardrums, you’re happy 90% of the time. You’re a nosy little girl who wants to be in on all the action, which translates to reluctance to nap so you don’t miss out on things. I promise, nothing exciting is happening while you’re asleep.
Your love for animals continues to grow and you loudly exclaim “CAT!” every time you see one of our two kittys. Then you proceed to crawl your way over as fast as you can to tackle Tango, grab his fur and pet him. You two are going to be best friends and partners in crime.
I love watching your personality take shape and seeing you grow into a little person. In typical girl fashion, you talk a lot but hit the movement milestones a little later. No worries, soon you’ll be running around the house and getting into even more trouble. It won’t be long before you’re drawing on the walls or jumping on the bed or wearing makeup and clothes that we make you change before leaving the house.
Just try not to grow up too fast, ok? I want to savor this time as much as possible.
I love you, sweet baby girl. Happy first birthday.