It's so hard to believe that on this day a year ago, I gave birth to you! 365 days went by faster than I imagined they would. In fact, I had to check the calendar on my phone to make sure I wasn't mistaken about the date. Part of my disbelief is that you've just grown so fast and changed so much from the day we first brought you home.
I remember thinking about small you were in comparison to your sister when she was a newborn. However, you grew quickly those first few weeks and we were back in the store buying you new oneies. I remember your first bath after your belly button healed up completely. You did not like being in the water one bit! Thankfully, that is not the case today.
The bathtub is one of your favorite places to be. You enjoy splashing around and sending water flying everywhere including on me! It's okay though. I understand that for you being in the water is still new, mysterious and fun. Let's hope this love of good hygiene continues because I've heard that boys get a little bit more difficult about taking baths once they hit that 2 year mark.
You and Moo are still the best of friends. She's completely smitten with you and is quick to let strangers (and family) know that you are HER brother! It's cute and I'm really glad that she's so protective of you because she'll be babysitting you in about 12 more years. I love that she doesn't mind sharing her toys with you even though you've ripped the heads off some of her dolls. And she's patient with you even though you're always trying to snatch on her hair.
You and Grandma have finally bonded. THANK GOODNESS! There was a time when you cried every time she got too close to you. And holding you was out of the question. I think you all started to make progress after Christmas. Now, you're totally stuck on her when we go to visit. Sometimes, you don't even want me to hold you when we're down there.
Daddy has taught you all kinds of stuff like making monster noises and how to fall backwards on the bed. I'm not sure how I feel about that falling backwards. I guess it's okay on the bed but I worry about when you start walking and can sit on the floor by yourself. I will certainly have to break that habit and keep a close eye on you.
He's still counting down the days until you all can go outside and toss around the football or a baseball. However, we've agreed that we're not going to push you to play football until you're in high school. We agree that it's just too dangerous. Trust me your daddy should know because he played his share.
You don't say mama a lot. I guess that's because you're usually always with me. You've started trying to say stop, no, hey, Moo and have a special sound for when you want us to look at something. You're completely in love with Chica the chicken from Sprout. I think it's the squeaking of her voice that enchants you. You don't like the end of Dora when they do hide and seek sometimes and Swiper pops out from behind bushes and trees.
I've wasted a fortune on baby food and baby cereal because you refused to eat it. I still have over 25 jars and 4 boxes of cereal in the kitchen now. I guess I'll check the expiration dates and donate what hasn't expired to a food bank. You have great upper body strength and your hands are fast as lighting. I caught you climbing out of your high chair a few weeks ago and almost had a heart attack.
Seriously, the playpen is the only safe place for you because the sides are too high for you flip yourself over. You're under the impression that the telephone belongs solely to you. Whenever, I'm talking on it you're always trying to press buttons or snatch it from my ear. Glad we have speaker phone so I can put the phone out of your reach and still talk.
Guess what? Your top front teeth finally broke through yesterday! So by the end of the month you'll have four teeth total!
I'm telling you, I hope this second year goes by a little slower. But just in case it doesn't I've stocked up on a boatload of batteries and new memory card so that I can record almost every moment in a photo or video!
I love you!!