I could never have imagined the mixed emotions I would feel writing this post to celebrate your first birthday. I write this note to you beaming with pride, excitement, anticipation, and a little bit of sadness too. No longer are you our baby girl but instead you’ve become our little rambunctious toddler basically overnight. Writing this both excites me for the adventures that are to come and chips away at my heart just a little.
You know, every month when I sit down to write these notes to you I feel like what I want to say is what I’ve already said to you in every post–you’re growing like a weed and it is such a joy and a true privilege watching you become the independent, entertaining, adventurous, sweet, lovable, strong, brave, and hilarious little girl that you are.
Each new day with you brings a whole new appreciation for what you’ve brought to our lives. There is nothing we love more than watching you learn a new skill or making you laugh. You make us want to be better people so that we will lead by example and be the best role models for you. We strive to be the kind of parents that allow you to be yourself, give you many opportunities to learn and grow, while also providing you with a warm and loving home filled to the brim with laughter. We hope you are at least satisfied with our first year’s attempt at this. 🙂
The end of an era has come and even though I’d be lying if I said it had been a breeze this past year I am already feeling nostalgic about your days as a squishy, squirmy baby.
Life with you is a true JOY and we cannot wait to celebrate a lifetime of birthdays with you, our beautiful little mermaid.
The twelve month rundown
- Standing on her own (“Look, Ma, no hands!”)
- Listening to us when we say “no”, puts grass down before putting in mouth
- Playing fetch with Lola (although Lola doesn’t get quite the workout when you throw the ball three feet away…doesn’t mean she doesn’t appreciate the attention though!)
- Dumping things out of boxes
- Reading books on her own (she just hums and grunts as she turns the pages)
See past monthly photos in her mini armchair here: