HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY MY SWEET, HAPPY BABY GIRL!
I actually cannot believe you are ONE. Each month brings new changes to your personality. This month you became an actual jokester. You purposely drop things and look at me and say “uh ohhhh” and then flash a devious little smile.
You are so smart. You clap your hands when you hear it on TV and you pick up your hairbrush and brush your own hair! You mimic sounds and motions and clearly say “NO” while shaking your head. When you’re standing, you bounce up and down when I tell you to dance and when you hear music.
This month you learned how to use a straw and your favorite thing to drink out of your sippy cup is a smoothie!
Unfortunately, for a majority of the month you were pretty sick. You had a respiratory virus that wouldn’t go away and then you had a nasty stomach bug but managed to smile your way through it!
You are so strong and growing so fast! At 12 months, you are 19 lb and 30 in tall. You have 8 teeth in and have 4 molars about to break through. You are still eager to nurse and I love our time together so much.
You move fast when you feel comfortable and confident. You are still timid and nervous when it comes to walking. You can stand for minutes at a time with a giant smile on your face but when I reach my arms out to urge you on, you either belly flop into my arms or sit down. It is so exciting to watch you learn and I can’t wait until the confidence matches the skill and you have your first defining moments of freedom!
I spent a lot of extra minutes holding you before bed last night. I wanted to soak in the last minutes of your first year. I wanted to remember exactly where I was one year ago. I wanted to remember the feelings I felt when I first saw you and held you and nursed you. I put you in your crib and you stretched out and I thought that even though you are growing so fast, that you will always be my baby girl.
My sweet Jennie…
I want you to know that you are so special and so unique. There is no one like you and there never will be. Your smile is so powerful and so bright that it can light the darkest of rooms.
I want you to laugh often and hard.
I want you to be friendly and loving and confident.
I want you to know that you can do and be anything you want.
I want you to stay curious. I want you to believe in yourself and your greatness.
I want you to be fearless and fight for what you believe in.
I want you to have compassion and I want you to always find the good in people.
I want you to help others when you can and accept help when you need it.
I want you to love yourself and things and places and people with everything you have and to do it without regret.
I want you to hold on to the things that make you happy and understand the importance of letting go of anything that doesn’t.
I want you to remember that you are enough.
Most importantly, I want you to know that you are loved so fiercely by so many and that nothing will ever change that. You make me feel alive and you inspire me to be the best person that I can be. I promise to always be there for you and to listen and to tell you the truth. I promise to laugh with you and cry with you and support you and be your biggest fan.
I love you Miss Jennie Fizz! Happy 1st Birthday!