Happy 12 months baby boy! I guess you are officially a toddler now, as much as I don’t want to admit it. You are still as happy as can be and there is nothing better than seeing those adorable little cheeks round out with your smile!
Your first year was an unbelievable time for daddy and I. We never thought we could have so much fun with you or learned so many new things just by being with you. We learned a single smile can make everything better, a simple hug can make the world stop, and laughter really is the best medicine. You are the light of our lives and it gets brighter each and every day.
You are sooo close to walking these days. You love standing all by yourself, but as soon as you realize you are standing solo, you decide the ground is far more comfortable. A few months ago I would consider u a little daredevil, but these days I think you are a bit more cautious. That makes me a very happy mommy. The less u can throw me for a loop, the better!
You are pushing 22 pounds and are 31.5 inches tall, so you are a skinny guy just like your mom and dad. The doctor said you are perfect though, so I am going to have to agree with her on that. The morning of your first birthday, you woke up and decided nursing is for babies, so the night before was the last time I breastfed you. I’m a little sad to see that time go, but you let me know you are ready to be done. I’m weaning off of pumping now, so you are going to be all on food and cows milk as soon as our freezer supply is out. It was a great year of breastfeeding you and I’m glad we were able to make it to my goal of a year! You are healthy as can be and I attribute that a lot to our regime.
You’ve recently started to need a little more mommy time, but it seems to be only when your new teeth are hurting you or when you aren’t feeling well. I can’t complain, but I do know daddy gives great hugs and cuddles too, so don’t forget that. He is the best to be with when you aren’t feeling well.
You are such a little boy now, playing in the dirt and getting into everything. If the Tupperware drawer isn’t in shambles at the end of the day, then you probably didn’t set foot (or hand) in the kitchen.
For your birthday party, you had so many people come to celebrate you! There were balloons, streamers, and lots of yummy food! You loved the candle in your cake, but you had no interest in the cake itself! I’m sure that will change in the coming years.
Daddy and I couldn’t be more proud of you. Your personality can rival anyone and your independence is truly an asset. You love exploring and learning new things each and every day and we love being a part of your life.
You are an amazing teacher and I bet you didn’t even know it. You’ve taught me it’s best to eat spaghetti only in a diaper. You’ve taught me a sleep schedule might be the greatest thing ever. Most importantly, you’ve taught me to love unconditionally, for no other reason than just because.
Thank you for being the biggest blessing I could ever have and for making daddy and I the happiest parents around. Your first year was my best year ever and I can’t wait to experience so many more with you.