You started walking today.
Well, see for yourself.
This was the first video I got of you walking. Just a step.
This is you walking from the table to the dog.
This time, you’re really committed to getting to daddy. So committed, that crawling seemed better than walking.
The next time, you walked from the table to me.
Look at how proud you are of yourself!
For breakfast this morning you had six ounces of oatmeal and fruit puree and four squares of waffle. You had a few bites of strawberry, and then you were done eating. Anything else was swept onto the floor for the dog to finish.
I tried to get you to eat a puff, or a bite of daddy’s peanut butter and honey toast, or a few other things, but you were done. You handed the puff back to me with your cute little smile.
So I took you out of your highchair and put you down.
You crawled across the kitchen with startling speed and picked up a tiny little thing from the floor. You had nearly put it in your mouth when I got to you.
A tiny rock.
You won’t eat a half dozen foods I put on your tray, but you hardly hesitated to try to eat a rock.
I wish I could think of some clever thing to add, but I’m still at a loss for words.
It’s only taken me four months to get the video edited.
Which means more videos are on the way!
Daddy took you to the doctor today for your one year checkup. (Mommy had to work. It was her first day of work this week. She’s been home with you because of the snow.)
The doctor says you’re still perfect.
Your weight and height are right on track. You’ll probably grow up to be tall and skinny.
Your head size is also progressing. I don’t know why they measure your head. Maybe that’s how they determine how big your brain is?
The doctor says everything is great and that we’re doing the right things as parents.
You still only have two teeth. But some others may be working their way to the surface soon.
So, at one year and 14 days, you’re still perfect.
Daddy hurried home so we could play in the snow again.
Your first snow.
You loved riding around while mommy and daddy pulled you. You enjoyed the snow, which you kept sucking off your mitten.
You got your sled and mittens and little snow boots and snow pants for Christmas. It doesn’t snow a lot here, so today was a great day.
I awoke this morning to the sound of banging coming from your room.
I hoped it was your feet on your crib, and not your head.
Sometimes it takes a while to get you to eat.
Enjoying home made ice cream.
You’ll gum food with your two teeth, spit it out, and the put more food into your mouth.
Sometimes it takes a long time for you to swallow. Other times, you don’t swallow at all.
The easiest way to get you to eat would be for us to put the food on the floor, or the dog’s dish, because that food you quickly pick up and put in your mouth. But because it’s food, it usually comes back out.
Lint or paper or anything you manage to find on the floor usually stays in your mouth a long time and I have to jab my finger in to try to get out. But you keep your mouth clamped shut.
Sometimes we notice you crawling around playing and chewing on whatever non-food thing you put in your mouth. A pacifier stays in your mouth about five seconds, but you can chew on a leaf for a long time.
We just need to cover the floor with spinach leaves and we’ll finally get you fed.
We met you a year ago today.
Although we flew down when you were born, because of legal issues, we had to wait five days before we could meet you in person.
Mommy held you and I held you and we both looked at you and you looked at us.
From the very beginning, you’ve always been our little girl.
So much has happened in the past year, so many firsts, so many important milestones. Every moment of every day has been wonderful. Even when we were all sick last month, horribly sick, we were still a family.
We’ve become a family, because one little girl so desperately needed to be born and mommy and daddy needed to be your mommy and daddy.