This is the last month of your first year. It’s unthinkable to me that you’ve been out of my body, growing and leaning and blossoming, for eleven months, and yet I can’t remember what life was like without you.
And this was an incredible few weeks. Remember how you had NO teeth at our last update? Well, you’ve popped one…
…and it’s a top tooth. No bottom teeth yet!
You are a chatterbox, which is quite a change from my serious, stoic little newborn. You still have thoughtful moments, but just as quickly as they come, they are replaced by bursts of laughter or babbling.
(It took much longer for you to say my name than your daddy’s, so it’s truly special when I hear it. Even though you tend to want Daddy when you’re happy and me when you’re upset.)
As is your pattern, once you started standing, you quickly moved to the next trick. You cruise around the crib, from one piece of furniture to the next and delight in trying to stand without holding on to anything (you can usually hold yourself for a few seconds before plopping down on your bottom).
You had your first flight(s) as we visited all of your grandparents and even your great-grandparents. As expected, our angel baby was great! You slept for both flights on the way up to New England, and played on the way down with only a tiny bit of fussing.
At daycare, your transition to the next room has started. You eat, nap and play with the “big kids” and so far, you’re doing so well. It’s time, because there are some teeny tiny babies in the infant room and you just seem so big next to them. (You also play a little too rough with the babies — trying to rock them in their chairs and bouncers!)
You wave at everyone and everything and you’re just so smart…the other day, I said to Daddy, “make sure you say hi to XXX for me” and you started waving. Then later I said, “goodbye doggies!” and you waved at them.
People can’t believe how many things and how MUCH you eat — the only thing you’ve ever turned down is boiled potatoes. You love green beans and veggie burgers and tofu and cheese and blueberries and more.
(No lobster yet, though. I still haven’t given you meat or fish, but I may offer you some soon. I’m vegetarian, but I’m undecided on your diet.)
And watching you interact with us and with others is the most amazing thing. You laugh and perform and flirt and get shy…you’re a real little person, not just a floppy little baby.
We love you beyond words. Your Daddy doesn’t want you to get any bigger — he loves having a little baby girl — but I’m so proud of how well you are growing and thriving.