My dear, sweet, baby girl,
How has one year gone by already? One year ago, you made a rather dramatic entrance into this world. You’ve kept us on our toes ever since.
You weren’t content to do things like your older brothers and sisters…that just hasn’t been your style. Just when I thought we had this “parenting” thing down, you’ve taught a little humility by proving to us that we haven’t actually seen it all! Sometimes I just throw up my hands, because you have me completely baffled! I’m sure you’ll probably continue down that path.
It started out the day you were born. We expected a 4 hour labor…just like all your other brothers and sisters had been (except your oldest). So did the doctor. He even had things all timed out when he started the induction so that he could finish seeing the rest of his patients for the day, then come back. Boy, did you have different plans! You were here after an astonishing 66 minute induction. It set off all the blinky lights in the hospital and caused the doctor to break a lot of traffic laws. The cops are probably still looking for him.
After you got here, you already had opinions of your own, and you had no problem letting us know about them. You screamed at us at dinner time daily pretty much from the first day you came home. You finally grew out of it about 6 months ago…mostly. You still want your dinner on time, and you’re rather adamant about bed time too.
You never did like a binky, or your thumb. You never wanted to suck to sooth yourself like most babies do. When you were mad, it really seemed that you just wanted to be mad. You started fighting the swaddle months earlier than your brothers and sisters as well. Oh, the things we tried to help you stop crying every evening at seven! Your daddy walked up and down the driveway every evening while the rest of us ate. Then, he’d come back in and get your brothers and sisters ready for bed while I nursed you and put you to bed.
You like food. All kinds of food. In fact, you like food so much, you gave up nursing early. It nearly broke your poor mother’s heart. But, I still pump every day, twice a day, so that you’ll still have some milk to drink. When you see your cup come out, you still get excited. But then, when I have to heat it, you get angry because you have to wait. I keep telling you that if you’d go back to nursing, you wouldn’t have to wait for it to heat up…but so far, you haven’t listened.
But, for all of your stubborn ways, you are still so affectionate. Even though you went on a nursing strike at 10 months old, you still want to snuggle every night before bed. You also give the sweetest little hugs and kisses.
When I walk into the room to get you up from a nap, your giant, dimpled smile lights up the whole room. You have an exuberance for life that is contagious. You have a precious little laugh that makes your whole family smile with you.
You often toddle about the house, getting into all kinds of mischief. When discovered, you give us that big smile of yours and chuckle at us as if to say, “That’s fair…you caught me!” Then you run away with your pilfered item as fast as your little legs can carry you. Lately, you’ve been stealing carrots off the front porch as they’ve been picked. As your mother, all I can do is shake my head and laugh. Go ahead…eat that carrot. I dare you!
You don’t say much yet, but you do try to copy things that we say. One of your favorite things to do is throw something off your high chair then look up at the rest of us and say something that sounds suspiciously like “Uh, oooooooh”. Then you grin while you wait for one of your dutiful subjects to start playing fetch with you. Out of your 4 other brothers and sisters, you can usually find at least one who will follow your command.
The other day, I’m pretty sure I also heard you say, “I love you Mommy”. [*Daddy wants me to edit here that you most definitely said, “Love you Daddy”, not Mommy.] Don’t worry, dear daughter, this little argument will continue for many, many years!
Happy Birthday my sweet little girl. I’m looking forward to watching you grow up even more!
Check out this video of Baby’s first taste of her birthday cake…with a surprise ending!