Well, my darling, we've made it! We have made it through your first year and I seriously cannot believe how fast this time has flown by. You are a toddler by everyone's standards now. Some people consider it when you start walking, which you are doing, and some people consider it when you turn one. I can't believe that I am a mother to a toddler. It's so surreal to me. I always pictured myself as a mother to a baby. It's so hard to imagine you so old. Please stop growing so fast!!
It's actually so funny that I tell you to slow down growing, because I have pushed you to grow up also. You have been walking since you were about ten and a half months old, but not really consistently until you were eleven months. I prompted you and worked with you so much to teach you how to walk. I knew that you would be happier, so I tried so hard to work on teaching you how to do it. I was right, you are happier now that you can walk. You have started to walk a lot faster, practically run places. You get up from the ground without holding on to anything. You put your feet underneath you, put your butt in the air, get your balance on your feet with your hands still on the ground, and then stand up tall. It's amazing how fast you've gotten at getting up.
You have sprouted more teeth this month. You got the other two on the top. So now, you have four on the top and the middle two on the bottom. I love, love, love seeing your little toothy grin! Teething hasn't been too bad with you. Thank you amber necklace!
We took you to visit the Easter bunny. I was a little nervous about this trip because you are definitely at a stranger danger phase. But, you surprised me, and sat on the bunny's lap and didn't cry at all. We even got an adorable smile out of you.
You still continue to eat so well. Sometimes, I swear that you would eat all day if we let you. You are definitely your father's daughter, and you LOVE cheese! You have water with your meals and you love it. You will even search for your cup to have a drink between meals. I'm so glad that you like water so much.
You are 19 lbs 5 oz (22nd percentile) and 28.5 inches (32nd percentile). You have grown two and a half inches since your nine month appointment. That's crazy!! You are still in a size 3 diaper and 12 month clothing. Daddy and I have bought you all 18 month stuff for summer, so you'll be moving into that size then!
My girl, I cannot believe that you are a whole year old. You are so much fun right now. We have our challenges, and you are trying to exert your independence. I know that you are learning what you can and can't do. I know that you won't always be in this stage and that it's something that we need to work through. All of your fun moments make up for the challenges. I get so much joy out of hearing you dissolve into a fit of giggles. I will never stop trying to make you laugh. I wish that you knew just how much I loved you. I can't possibly write it here with words. I can't wait to continue to watch you grow!
Love you forever,