The last twelve months could never have prepared me for today and the way it makes me feel. You’ve grown as I’ve stood still and watched time move too fast around you. You make me so proud but my heart aches knowing my baby is now a toddler and soon a little girl.
The changes have been more subtle this month, another new tooth but not up front where expected hiding down the side instead, more sounds edging closer to more words, and as of today a social side I hadn’t seen before like you know it’s your special day.
You have definitely said balloon and are officially obsessed with them, you actually said yellow balloon which startled me even though the balloon was orange. We’ve heard balloon a couple of times since but now you seem to have dropped the word in favour of squealing when you see one.
Toys are now snuggled and not just thrown, sometimes they get one of your loving kisses. Your joy of pulling everything out of the toy box or wash basket is now accompanied by you putting everything back which I have to say I like.
Swimming is progressing to a froggy paddle which you like to do most if someone is watching you, I love Mondays because swimming is one of the few activities that wear you out.
Running around just seems to wind you up and you go go go ever busy jetting around, now with some chatter in between. You like to talk most when there is someone to talk over the top of.
You been successfully breastfed for 12 months now, six of those supplemented with soy formula to help with your ever hungry belly. You love to eat everything including non food items which can be tiring but I am grateful for your lack of fuss as it makes it easier to navigate your dairy and beef allergies.
You still sleep like a newborn, I’m still hoping for some magical switch in your development that lets you sleep for more than four hours at a time.
So many details and I’m sure many more I’m forgetting, except the most important one, we are truly exceptionally blessed to have been given you and I treasure all these moments even though they move too fast for me.
I don’t know how we ever got by without you.
Tomorrow a trip down memory lane.