I CANNOT BELIEVE you are a year old. The has been the absolute fastest year of my entire life! Everyone told me when I was pregnant with you how fast you would grow up, and now I know just how right they are!
You are still not walking by yourself, but you love to hold our hands and walk around and you make 1,000 laps around anything that you can hold on to or lean on: the coffee table, the kitchen island, and the sofa are your favorites!
You have officially graduated from the bottle! I decided to just bite the bullet and take it away the day after your birthday. I knew that the hardest part was going to be my response to it and not yours. You did FANTASTIC! You never missed it. I, on the other hand, cried like a baby the last night I gave you your nighttime bottle, because I was just overwhelmed at how big you are getting.
Speaking of getting big, I notice you doing lots of non-baby things now. Some good and some not so good. Your little outgoing personality is SHINING. You will wave and say, "Heyyyy!" to anyone, and you will let anyone hold you. Today, we were in the grocery store, and I was at the other end of the isle getting something and I looked up and you were using all of your energy waving at me and saying, "heyyyyy, mama!!". The not so good is the fit throwing that has begun. You are very determined, but we are working on that :)
You eat big girl foods now, too! You love carrots, beans, macaroni and cheese, turkey and cheese sandwiches, drinkable yogurt, avocados, bananas, clementines, and your chocolate do-nut with Daddy on Saturday mornings. You've even had a few corn dogs, french fries, and chicken tenders.
You wear 12-18 month clothes, a size 4 diaper, and a 3/4 shoe.
You can say, Mama, Dada, bye bye, dat (that), and hey. You can also shake your head no, and you do it quite often, whether it's when we tell you "no no, Lilly" or when you dont want to do something, take another bite of food, etc. You can wave, blow kisses, and hold up your "one" finger when we ask you how old you are.
Your birthday party was Lilly's Sweet Shop. We had a BLAST celebrating your life with our family and friends.
You are absolutely adorable, Lilly. We love you more today that we could ever imagine possible, and I know that love will continue to grow in abundance daily. You have been the easiest baby, and we are so grateful for your sweet spirit. I know the years will go by faster and faster, and I can't wait to see what you will do during your second year!
Happy FIRST YEAR, baby girl!!
Mommy (and Daddy)