I cannot believe you are 1 year old today! I feel like I just gave birth to you, but that was a whole year ago and you're such a little boy now. I don't know where the times goes and part of me is sad you're growing up so fast.
You are such a fun, happy boy! You babble all the time and are making more and more sounds. You call your dad and I by the correct names sometimes, and you try to repeat some words I say, but you're not quite there yet. Sometimes you yell "yea yea yea!" when you're happy and it's adorable!
You're playing "peek a boo" with us by covering your face with a piece of fabric and sometimes you use your hands to cover your eyes. You are using your nesting cups properly too. You don't necessarily nest the cups in order, but you realize the smaller ones fit into the bigger ones. When you see a camera, you do this totally forced, cheesy smile and it's the funniest thing ever!
You are able to respond to several commands including giving us a ball, shaking things, and waving when asked. The waving is really interesting because you've seen me wave "hi" or "bye bye" to Mickey Mouse at the end of his show, or at the end of some books, so now you do it unprompted. You are absorbing everything around you and trying to do it too. It's awesome to see how observant you are. If we ask you to blow kisses, you make a kissy noise. You do point, but you stick your whole hand out to "point" instead of just your index finger. You decided to show us all that you can clap at your birthday party! It was adorable and I'm so glad you finally did it! We're working on teaching you to lift your arms over your head when we say "touchdown!"
You had your first fever (102.4) 5 days before your birthday. The Dr. said it was something viral and luckily not your ears or anything like that. You handled it like a champ, extra snuggles and Advil made you feel better, and the fever went away for good within 3 days. You're also cutting 2 more top teeth (you now have 8 teeth total), but you're still your happy self in spite of that.
I will do a whole separate post on your first birthday party. About 50 people came to celebrate you yesterday and we had a lot of fun! You really enjoyed your cake!
Height: 31 inches (81st percentile)
Weight: 28 lbs (97th percentile)
You are in 18-24 month clothing
You are in size 4 diapers
You are waking up 1-2 times/night
You are nursing 3-4 times in a 24 hour period.
A few months ago I found a quote that I really love: "A family is a little world created by love." Your dad and I were a family once we got married, but you being born truly made us our own little family unit. I've always wanted children, and you have been such a joy. We are so proud of all you accomplished this first year of your life and look forward to seeing what else you do. We feel so very blessed that you have come into our lives and we love you more than you will ever know. Happy Birthday, sweet boy! You have a lot of people who love you so much!
Mommy and Daddy