I have been waiting to say this for 10 years, and yet, it doesn't seem like I should be saying it yet. My baby girl turned a year old this past Tuesday, November 24. It's unreal...already she is acting more like a toddler, like she knows it's what's supposed to happen. It was almost an instant change from one day to the next...like she transformed from an infant that needs her mommy all the time to a toddler who wants her independence. I love it and hate it all at once. At least she lets me know that I'm needed and wanted still. She'll wake up and kiss me or snug me (cuddle/hug is snugging for us), she'll say "mama" too. One morning she woke me up by laying her head next to mine on my pillow and saying "mama mama mama mama" ever so softly until I woke up. When I opened my eyes, she smiled with everything she had...her eyes lit up in a huge smile also...it melted my heart and made my day. I love mornings like that.
My baby is also walking now...and trying to keep up with the "big kids" at church...and trying to run. It's surreal...just a year ago she could barely hold her head up on her own (though she could for longer than most newborns!). She is so smart it's not even funny...just today she fed herself tomato and olives on Papa's fork (Josh would put it on and give it to her, then she would put it in her mouth and eat it)...it was amazing. She seemed so prim and proper and perfect, like she'd been doing it her whole life. I am amazed by her every day.
I must end for now, as I'm very emotional at the moment...not really sure why. I should just go to bed and sleep it off. I will put up a picture entry next of her first year...we did 1 year photos today at Walmart...even with her being fussy and the camera being broken and not cooperating for the most part, her pictures turned out wonderful like always. I am so blessed to have found Christan and Trisha for my photographers there at WalMart.