One year ago we brought this quiet little snuggle bug home:
She quickly turned into a very loud snuggle bug:
That soon passed and we got a full of smiles snuggle bug:
My little bear has learned so much this year. She learned how to smile, roll over, crawl, eat, sit up, walk, laugh, point, say three words (mama, dada, and up), climb, throw a fit, use a straw, put the round shape in the round hole, how to chew on a stick, how to unroll toilet paper, how to pull down mom's shirt, how to scoop with her fork or spoon, how to slurp noodles, how to run her fingers along her lips to make that boo boo boo funny noise, and so much more. It amazes me how quickly she learns and picks up new things.
She has also grown a ton this year. She is now thirty three and one/half inches tall and almost thirty four pounds. She is wearing five t socks and six t clothes (with the length of the leg shortened a little). She wears size seven diaper but would be in an eight if that size was made. She has seven teeth and unhappily working on more. She still has bright blue eyes and a head full of curly brown hair. She is pretty strong, often stronger than me.
She still loves to nurse but is working on eating more big girl foods. She loves broccoli, peas, noodles, meat, tomatoes, and crackers but will eat pretty much anything besides oatmeal. She is working on sleeping better. Three days ago we gave up sleeping in the recliner together and moved to a bed. Last night she only woke up three times to nurse. A huge improvement over our normal six or seven. We still nurse to sleep but she tries to go to sleep on her own by laying her head on the pillow and sticking her butt in the air.
Her favorite things to do are hunting down the remote, getting pushed around in her car, climbing up the stairs, walking around with a toy she got for her birthday (thanks grandma), going through the kitchen and pulling everything out of the cupboards, being held up so she can play with light switches and everything that is normally out of reach, chewing on dad's phone charger when he forgets to put it up, playing with mom's computer and camera, knocking down stacks of stuff, practicing walking, playing peek a boo, and being mischievous.
She currently doesn't enjoy getting a diaper change, drying behind her ears, taking her iron, getting her nose cleaned out, not being allowed to climb on the dish washer, car rides, having the gate at the top of the stairs closed, having the oven locked, and not getting her way.
This past weekend we had her birthday party. She enjoyed her cake very much. I made cake push pops and she loved it. She got some awesome new toys that she loves. She had a great time hanging out with her buddy C. I know she didn't really understand what the day was but I hope it was a little more special than normal days.
One year down, one hundred and three more to go.
(After Party Clean Up!)
I love you baby girl. I love your smile. I love how you softly snore. I love how you hunt down what you want. I love your relentless determination. I love how you snuggle up close when you sleep. I love your baby hugs. I love your kisses. I love your chubby cheeks. I love that you share your food with me even the piece you sucked on for twenty minutes. I love that you are completely fearless. I love everything about you and I always will. Happy birthday big girl!