You are ONE YEAR OLD today!!! Happy birthday, littlest love!!
-You now have four teeth with another two poking through! Teething hasn't been as hard on you as we thought it would be, thank goodness.
-Pulling up on furniture and cruising around the room are your new skills learned over the past few months, and you have even started pushing around your walker! You are soooo proud of your new talents. ;)
-You have learned to clap, wave bye-bye, say "Uh oh, Mama, and Dadda," and you picked up the funniest little scowl that you'll whip out at any moment, because you know it'll get you a laugh.
-Juicy Penningtons is still one of your favorite ways to get a smile from us, and you and your sisters Juicy back and forth in the van all the time. Hilarious!
-You are so very tender-hearted. Only a few times have you been scolded (for pinching my lip with your tiny fingers, slapping away food, etc), but OH MY. If we have to get onto you, it's like your heart is truly broken. You don't freak out or even audibly cry. Your eyes just well with tears, your mouth turns into a frown, and your chin starts to tremble. You immediately want to be picked up, and you tuck your head down under my chin and just stay there quietly crying. You'll peek up at me every so often, lean in for a teary kiss, and then you'll tuck back in for some making up. It is heartbreaking and precious.
-Your hemangioma is still the same size, but it is slowly changing from bright red to a faded fleshy pink. Doesn't seem to bother you one bit!
-Probably my favorite thing you learned to do recently: give kisses. Unprompted, open-mouthed, drooly, smiley, precious to my heart kisses. I love this.
-You weaned from nursing all on your own around 10 months over the course of a few weeks...which sent us into a bit of a panic as you had not at all mastered the sippy cup! A few weeks of practice (and some very sweetened milk...) and you got it down. You now drink whole milk and watered down juice during the day.
-Baby food is becoming a thing of the past as you are way more interested in feeding yourself soft, solid foods now. You love cheese, crackers, cereal, bananas, apples, turkey, chicken, carrots, peas, and the list goes on. Still not a fan of blueberries. ;)
-Over the past three months, your sleeping patterns haven't changed all that much with the exception of the evening catnap. That went away around 10 months.
-You wake for the day around 6:30-7am, take an hour-ish nap around 9am, an afternoon nap of 1-2 hours around 1pm, and you go to bed for the night at 6pm-ish.
-You still love a good paci or two for sleepy times, and you've started snuggling with a little baby doll for naps. So cute.
-You had your first Halloween for which you dressed up as the cutest little strawberry ever.
-This year also marked your first Thanksgiving, and we spent time with Daddy's family at Aunt Rachel's house.
-We took our first trip as just a family of five and went to Branson to spend a long weekend. We went to Silver Dollar City to experience all the Christmas-y goodness, to Sight and Sound's "Jonah" and just relaxed together as a family. You were awesome on this trip, and I loved making memories with you, little lady!
-You experienced your very first snow!
-For your first Christmas, we were with Mommy's family, and you got to know your cousin Charly a lot better. You two are so cute trying to interact with each other, and I know it'll be so fun to watch you grow up to be little friends. :)
Little Lovey, you made this past year sweeter than you'll ever know, and I simply can't thank God enough for trusting me with you. Your personality is so quiet, sweet, easy going, tender-hearted, and you always want to be with us, any of us. You are a people person, a snuggler, a smiley lovey. I love you so. You are precious to me.
Love you forever,