You are now a year old! I seriously feel like I just wrote your 6 month letter, and I can’t believe that you just had your birthday. You turned one on June 19, but on the 18th, I found myself super emotional, to the point of tearing up several times. I just kept thinking that, a year ago on the 18th I was in labor with you. I started having regular, but FAR apart contractions around 4:00 in the afternoon. I realized that I was in fact in labor at about 10:00 pm. We got to the hospital around 2:00 in the morning and I was 8 cm dilated. You were then born at 4:23 in the morning, in a tub of warm water.
- stop (dop)
- night night (nye nye)
- cat (tat)
You are starting to really use the baby sign language. You can sign:
- milk (although, we think you do this for “food”)
- all done (but you don’t do this that regularly
We’re working on a few others, and I’m sure that you’ll pick those up soon as well.
You’re doing so well in your PT! So well in fact that they’ve dropped you down to just twice a month, instead of once a week. You’re crawling, and cruising, and getting into everything that you can possibly try and get into. Right now you love to take the sheet trays out of the cabinet, and push them around on the kitchen floor.
You absolutely love the pool! We got a membership there for the summer, and you love to cruise around the edge of the pool, and you’re pretty fast too! You’ll also crawl up and down the ramp into the pool, and we have to really watch you because you’ll crawl until you’re almost under water – you just don’t seem to know when to stop.
You are also really trying to be more and more independent. You want to do things yourself and you don’t want anyone or anything to stand in your way. For example: you’re trying to put your food on a fork and feed yourself with it. It’s adorable to watch you pick a piece of food and place it on your fork, and then try to turn and maneuver your fork into your mouth. The down side to your newfound independent streak is that it also applies to you wanting to crawling into the dishwasher; to pulling the childproof plugs out of outlets; to chewing and pulling on electrical cords….and when we try to get you away from those things, your temper checks in. And you have a TEMPER. When you get upset or angry you scream, cry, throw things, collapse on the floor and kick and your legs….you have perfected the 2 year old tantrum a year early….
You’re still nursing! We’re down to just three times a day. Once before I go to work, when I get home from work, and at bedtime. You still love it, and ask for it all the time. You’ll pull at my shirt, or stand in front of me and sign for milk. I don’t want to say no to you, so any time you want to nurse, I will cuddle you and nurse you.
I’m not sure if I mentioned before, but you LOVE to dance! If music comes on, you start moving to it. You’ll bounce in place to the beat, clap your hands, twist side to side, throw your hands in the air (like you just don’t care). It’s adorable. I hope you keep it up!
You and your brother had a joint birthday party this year at the Splash Park. It was amazing! You had such a great time playing in the water and watching all the big kids run around. You were crawling all through the splash pad, and getting soaked, and you were loving every moment of it. I made a cake for you, and a separate one for Henry. Yours was a chocolate cake with strawberry buttercream frosting and a batman logo on the cake. You loved that cake, and happily gobbled up your dessert as fast as you could.
This past year has been amazing! It really and truly has. I cannot believe how fast it has gone by, and how much you have grown and changed. You are an incredible boy. You bring so much joy and laughter into my life. I’m trying to soak up every moment and savor everything that I can. You make me laugh and smile every day. You warm my heart, and have taught me how to be a better mother. I love you with all of my being, and I always will.