Friday, January 20, 2012

1 Year Old

Grace,

I've tried writing this several times and had to stop. I just can't seem to find the words to summarize how amazing this past year has been. I sit here watching you play, remembering how tiny you were the first time I held you. You were so helpless and small and now you're walking towards me thrusting your snack container at me because you want more cheerios. How is it possible that you've changed so much in just one short year?


Your daddy likes to make fun of me because I have cried so much about your turning one, but I really can't believe it. You are now officially a toddler. You are your own little person now with a unique personality and try as I might, I very rarely can get you to do what I want. For example, I was trying to get you to sit still to to take pictures and instead this happened:

Yes, she's giving me this face on purpose
 Or this happens:

Playing with the curtains is fun mom! She decided it was time to play peek a boo
It is nearly impossible to get you to sit still now. We had a professional photographer come today and you wore us all out!
  • We  won't go in for your pediatricians visit until early February, so I don't know your exact stats but I think you're still around 20 lbs and you're very tall! Your 18 month clothes are baggy on you but the 12 month pants are way too short.
  • Your hair is growing out and I was finally able to put in your first pigtails. They lasted for about an hour. You don't like bows in your hair or anything on your head and you quickly pull off anything I try to put on you.
  • You are still as talkative as ever, but your favorite word is still dada. You actually started saying mama this month but I don't think you're associating it with me yet. 
  • You took your first steps this month! You're getting braver and braver about walking and two nights ago you walked half way across the dining room. You're actually starting to prefer walking over crawling for short distances!
  • Your molars on the left side are slowly making their appearance. As of today, you have 11 teeth, but I think #12 will be making it's way through any day now.
  • You eat anything and everything. I feel like I feed you all day long!
  • You still love your ladybug and sleep with it every night. 
  • You love to give kisses, click your tongue and blow raspberries. Daddy has taught you to blow raspberries on people's skin, which you think is the funniest thing in the world. If we ask you if something is a hat, you put it on your head. Doesn't matter what you're holding, it goes on your head.
Yep, it's a hat
  •  You're sleeping through the night regularly and are taking to whole milk with no problems. 
  • You love to "sing" whenever you hear music and when we ask you to dance you bop up and down! 
  • We still don't know exactly what color your eyes are. I thought they were blue but they are now looking more steel grey and they look different every day.
  • You love books and your new favorite toys are puzzles! You love to push the pieces around on the floor and are even trying to fit the pieces back into the puzzle. 
  •  You are so strong willed and we have progressed to the age of tantrums. You are testing us a lot and you cry when you don't get what you want. 
I took away the Christmas ornament she was trying to eat
    Even with the tantrums and the never ending energy, you are the sweetest girl ever. You love to snuggle with daddy and I. You love your puppies and your grandparents. You love to laugh and make people smile. I could go on and on about all of the amazing, adorable things you do. I am so glad I am your mommy. We are so lucky to have you and I thank God for you every day. I can't wait to see what the next year brings! Don't forget that no matter how big you get, you will always be my baby and we will always love you.



    Love,

    Mommy and Daddy


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