Today, you turn one year old. It’s hard for me to process that an entire year has gone by. I’ve found myself fighting back tears for the past week over just how fast this year has gone and how much you have grown up.
I can hardly remember what it feels like to have you in my belly, sweet Annabelle. You were such a squirmer and loved kicking me. Turns out, you are just as active on the outside and you move a million miles a minute. You love crawling in a crab crawl, you love practicing your walking that you started a few weeks ago, and let’s not forget dive bombing into mom and dad or the couch. Being on the go is your favorite, and if we get a few seconds of yousitting, mommy and daddy soak it up.
This past year didn’t come without our struggles, though. Adjusting to being parents is not the easiest thing and learning your likes/dislikes and little things about you was difficult sometimes. The late night fussiness, the reflux, the middle of the night feedings. They all added up, but none that could ever overpower the amount of love you’ve brought to us.
Your daddy absolutely adores you. He will drop anything to be there for you and with every cry you give, I see him turn into a puddle of tears with you. He hates seeing you struggle with anything (As do I, but sometimes you need to learn on your own) and I couldn’t imagine how much more I could fall in love with him. You are an absolute daddy’s girl and crawl to him the second you hear the door open after work.
This past month has shown you go from a baby to more of a toddler. You have determination and get frustrated if you can’t do something. Your temper is coming through, and it’s just showing more of your personality. It’s hard not to laugh sometimes when we need to discipline you! You’re such a goober and make the cutest mad face. You stare at us and bring those eyebrows together. It’s hilarious, but sometimes hard on us as we need to discipline you!
You love your toys, Annabelle, but I can see you are ready for new ones. You are a master at putting things into containers and taking them out. We bought you a tunnel and house with balls in it this past month and you love crawling through the tunnels. You also like to try and get out through the mesh, but it doesn’t work. Some of your favorite toys aren’t even real “toys,” but that’s ok. More than any toy, you just love when mommy and daddy can give you their full attention.
Oh sweet Annabelle, this month we’ve had to really start teaching you “No.” Some things are just dangerous and you are old enough to understand. Well, mom and dad can’t help but crack a smile when you know exactly what you’re doing is wrong, but you go to do it, stop right before, and shake your head. It is one of my favorite things you do. You usually listen pretty well and know when you shouldn’t do something.
You’ve been a pretty good napper this past month, and sleeping in was the regular for a week or two. You have also decided you don’t want to be rocked to bed. It’s equally sad as great for you to learn. Mommy and daddy sure miss the cuddles we would get as we rocked you to bed, and you pushing off of us to be placed into the crib is a little hard some nights for me to take, but I know putting yourself to sleep is the best for you.
Annabelle you are a food lover, just like mommy! Sweets are definitely high on your list. You demolished your cake smash and I couldn’t help but laugh! You still have zero teeth, but those gums just about smash anything we give you. Cottage cheese, pizza, turkey, ham, steak, potatoes, cheese, eggs, pancakes, and most fruit are all favorites. You have also taken to steamed carrots and broccoli. Veggies are hard when you have no teeth! We’ve worked on dropping the middle of the day feeding and soon will drop the morning and evening one as well. I’m hopeful it won’t mess anything up, as you’ve also been working on plain milk, but it’s just not your favorite (mine either, girl, mine either). You typically get a bottle at 7, breakfast at 8ish, lunch at 12, snack at 2-2:30, dinner at 6 and bottle before bed.
My sweet baby girl, I’ll never stop calling you my baby. I couldn’t imagine how a 7 lb 7 oz baby could bring so much joy but watching you grow this past year has been so fun. We have loved seeing your personality develop and what you like and dislike. I love hearing “ma ma” and “da da”. You can say hello, Benson (a few times), and I’ve heard you say bye. You wave and clap like it’s your job, and love Llama Llama Hoppity Hop. Your smile is contagious and I can’t help but get a little sad that you are growing up and don’t need me for everything anymore.
I can’t wait to celebrate with you today, and have our friends and family join us tomorrow for your big celebration! This past year has been my best year and I cannot wait to see what the next year brings.