We Have a ONE Year Old!

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To Our BIG Girl,

How can it be….it seems like you were just snuggling up in the crook of my arm as I soaked in those newborn snuggles. And now you are ONE! 365 days old. We must admit they’ve been 365 of the absolute best days of our lives. There are so many emotions I have about you turning ONE. I can’t wait to see what years ahead hold, but how I have your first minutes etched in my mind. The moment your daddy placed you in my arms and you made me a mama. You are perfectly created by your Creator and we are so lucky to spend each and every day with you. We have loved watching you grow, learn, and soak in the world around you. We continue to nurture you and guide you to Jesus and pray for the day you begin to seek him on your own. We continue to be so blessed by you and thank God every day for allowing us the precious gift of being your parents. We can’t wait to see what the next year…years hold for you baby BIG girl. 

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You have been up to soooo much this past month on your way to turning ONE. One of my favorite developments has to be your desire to give us hugs and kisses. I love laying on the floor as we play together when all of a sudden you scream that sweet squeal and race over to dominate me with hugs. Priceless. You kisses are wet and sloppy and I’d take one any day of the week. 

Your communication skills continue to grow. You have started to sign “more” pretty consistently when you would like one more Vanilla Wafer or another bite for dinner. We are trying to teach you to say “thank you” and you a great at repeating two syllables back, but they aren’t quite audible yet. “Daddy” is still your best word though, and you especially love using it when dad walks back through the door after work. And the smile you give him is sooo contagious. Oh, and when you wave bye bye, it’s the cutest thing! 

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You are still great at getting around…crawling, pulling up, and cruising all over the place. One thing you have mastered this month is pushing the stand up walker ALL OVER THE PLACE. Well, that is until you run into a roadblock and need a little help steering. However, once we help straighten you out, you’re off to the races again! You are so proud of yourself too….screaming and smiling the entire time. You are working on standing and when you are in the mood, you’ll stand for a few seconds but haven’t gotten it down just yet. Soon baby girl.

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I had to start weaning you a little sooner than I planned as my production just wasn’t keeping up. We made it 49 weeks though, and I am proud of both of us! You stared a mix of breastmilk and whole milk about two weeks before you turned one, and a week later you were drinking whole milk during the day and only nursing morning and night. 

You’ve developed a little bit of an attitude and opinion lately, quite the firecracker. You’ve thrown a few temper tantrums when things haven’t gone your way while playing and push away food that you don’t want. We are praying for your little developing personality and trying our best to teach patience (although you are ONE so that is a little tough). 95% of the time though you are your sweet, happy, mellow self!

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We went on a couple adventures this month. Me and Daddy ventured down to Auburn for a football game and you had a great time with Bebe and Pop! We also spent time with your other grandparents in Mentone, Alabama. The highlight was definitely our visit to the Pumpkin Patch.  We played in the horse swings, dug around in the corn pit, and went on a hayride out to the Pumpkin patch where you picked out the perfect pumpkin. You wore your smocked pumpkin dress and looked absolutely adorable. We also took a family trip to the Atlanta Zoo. You loved the different animals, but especially enjoyed watching the gorillas. I think it might be because there was a baby gorilla the same age as you! He loved riding around on his mama’s back which you found funny. The other highlight was definitely the carousel.  It was so much fun and we will be taking lots more trips this year!

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Finally, I must add that you developed your first persistent cold this month. It came with a nasty cough that we just couldn’t get to go away. It was the worst and even caused you to throw up at night a few times. After a trip to the doctor we decided that after 3 weeks, you needed a little amoxicillin to help overcome the cough and it seems to be helping!

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And last but not least, on October 19th we celebrated your FIRST birthday with family. But well save those details for another day!

We love you sooooo much little one and can’t wait to see what adventures the next years will bring! 

 



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