You came late in the evening on a Wednesday. You had tortured your mother for days prior to making your entrance and based on the stubborn way you stayed five days past your due date and the dramatic conclusion to you arriving in this world, I had you pegged as one that was going to test me like no other.
But I was wrong. The only thing you have tested is my capacity to love someone as much as I love you, little one.
It has only been one year and I already cannot remember what it was like before you were here. You are such a sweet baby and your belly laughs and cute smiles melt my heart each and every day.
I love how you interact with your brother and sister. They weren’t sure what to think of you when we first brought you home but ever since you began acknowledging them, they have loved you so, so much. They are both vigilant watching what you put in your mouth – even if they were responsible for leaving the baby death traps on the floor in the first place. They eagerly hold you or play with you when needed and they love teaching you the finer points of silly face making.
You are louder than your brother and sister at one year. I chalk that up to the fact that if you want to be heard in this house, you better speak up. And while your vocabulary is limited to a few words – Mama, Dada (infrequently!), kitt-eh – my favorite is the one that I recently taught you: “Uh-Oh.”
You drop things on the floor and I smile at the inevitable, “Uh-Oh.” Lately, you play the “Uh-Oh” game by dropping things on the floor while Daddy fetches them for you. I am fairly certain this is your favorite game. But you don’t just say it when I am around. Just this past week, I heard you over the baby monitor before you fell asleep utter aloud, “Uh-Oh.”
I’m not sure what that one was about but one thing I do know. There was no mistake in our decision to have you in our family. I love you with all of my heart, little one. Happy Birthday, GirlyGirl. May your second year be as amazing as your first.