One year. Twelve Months. Fifty-Two Weeks. Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Days.

You have given your dada and I more joy than we could have ever imagined. This has been a wonderful, terrifying, laughable, heartbreaking, humbling, and loving year, and we just can’t wait to see what else is in store for your amazing life.




You can stand on your own! and you do, often. Lately you have taken to doing squats, without even holding onto nearby furniture. You’re certainly more skilled at it than I am!
You are comfortable furniture cruising, but are not quite sure about taking steps on your own. You can see the wheels turning in your head when you decide that it might be more efficient to just plop down on your hands and knees and crawl.

But good luck containing you! I can blink and you’ve moved to the other side of the room. Thank goodness that you still love your jumperoo– it’s the only way Dad and I can get ready for work in the morning!


You will try any food. You recently discovered rice cakes and, of course, love them. I’m happy to have found a good on-the-go snack to keep in your bag. You’ve started drinking cow’s milk and LOVE it. You guzzled down that first taste like you’ve never eaten before! it was all dribbling down your face because you refused to take a breath and stop. I will admit that I’m happy to be done pumping at work. You still breastfeed in the morning and at night, and we’re just going to play it by ear to figure out when to stop.

At night, after you’ve nursed, you’ve taken to putting your head on my shoulder and twirling my hair. I sing you a little song (strangely, America the Beautiful has become my go to), and it really seems to get you in the bedtime mood. I think that will be helpful when we transition from nursing.

You’re so happy that it’s summer, becuase that means SWIMMING! We have taken you swimming any chance we can, in Nancy’s pool, at the hotel in Rochester a few weeks ago, etc. MeMe and PopPop bought a little plastic pool for their deck and you’ve gone “swimming” in there every time you’ve visited. You are so confident in the water – It reaffirms my dedication to finding a new house with a pool in the backyard.

The few times Dad or I have taken you for a walk/jog, you love yelling “go go go” when we pick up speed! You will be a great running trainer!

You’re saying all sorts of words: no, more, go, dog, down, Grandma, Pop Pop and a number of different soudns we have yet to figure out. We suspect you are calling Dad by his first name, so we’ll have to curb that at some point! We think you’re trying to say “hot dog” whenever the Hot Dog dance comes on on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.


Favorite things: cow’s milk, Grandma, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, dancing, being outside, swimming, your dogs.
Least Favorite things: getting your diaper changed, getting dressed/changed, Dad or I putting blocks in their place (you just dump them right out again and give us a look).

Height – super tall. You can kick the seat when you’re in your carseat.
Weight – hefty, but losing some of that baby fat
Head – covered with beautiful hair
– Our well baby visit was postponed to July 12th because the doc is on vacation. Can’t wait to see her stats!


4 thoughts on “Twelve

  1. Happy Birthday! She is so grown up. I can’t believe she is one. Where did the time go. Soon she will be potting training! Can’t wait to see her again. The summer is such a busy time for everyone. I can’t believe it is July already. We are going on vacation towards the end of August. What are your plans this summer? Linda

    • oh man! Potty training hasn’t even crossed my mind! We’re going to the Lake the first full week in August, and hope to make a stop by you guys on the way there or back!

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