Sunday, October 23, 2011

{one year}

One year

How could it be that you are already one year old….it seems we were just in the clinic finding out if you were a boy or a girl, and now you are already one. The past year, has been one of the best years, and I suspect the upcoming years will be just as great. Watching you grow, change, and learn has been such a joy for us. We are always talking about and reflecting on “remember when he used to…….” Because you have changed from a baby into a little boy right before our eyes. We love reminiscing about all the things you used to do, we already have a memory list a mile long, and you are only one. I’m so thankful I started journaling all your milestones, even if it meant I had to take a 15 minute break out of my day because the past year flew by so quickly and I’m sure as the years go by I will forget all the “little” memories I had of you in your first year of life. Your first smile, first tooth, first word, first time crawling ,first food, first time walking, first everything….

We had your one year check up with Dr. Turner and you checked out perfect! 25 lbs and 2 '6" tall.  We had to get you six shots, which weren't much fun for you or mommy, but now you will be healthy and protected! You are eating more and more solid food everyday, little bites from mommy and daddy.  Your favorite foods are cheerios, graham crackers, saltine crackers, applesauce, bananas, and any type of pumpkin or banana.  You recently learned how to drink out of a straw....and now you LOVE straws.  We may just skip the sippy cup all together and go right to the straw.  You still love your milk, but now you only get cow's milk instead of formula.  You usually drink 3 bottles of a milk a day, we are trying to "ween" you off your bottles...but you love your bottles so it's been a little challenging! :)  You mostly wear size 12-18 mo. clothes, but you can also fit into 18-24 mo. clothes already!  You are such a big boy!

Your favorite activities are getting into the kitchen cupboards and pulling out all of mommy's bowls and spoons.  You also love chasing mommy around when she is vacuuming....for some reason you love the vacuum cleaner.  We also still go to the park and walk, which you love.  We use our jogger stroller now, which gives you lots of room and protects you from the sun much better! You love the big wheels on the stroller, when we are done walking, you usually get to run around and play for a while at the park.  You run fast and make mommy chase after you! You still love looking out our front windows at all the cars and birds that go by. 

Your favorite toys are some of your new birthday toys! You love anything with wheels, for your birthday you got a john deere 4-wheeler, you hop on it every day at least 10 times.  You press the buttons and wait for mommy or daddy to push you around on it! You also love your singing elephant, golf caddy, "teddy" the leap frog, monster truck race cars, and anything with buttons! You also like anything that makes noises, you dance and bop your head to the beat of the music! :) We love watching you do your little dance, you bend your knees and bop your head and sometime you even spin in circles! :)

Your favorite books are "the very hungry caterpillar", "click cluck" , "the car book", and both your touch and feel farm books.  We had to put up some of your other books because you like to chew on them and ruin them by tearing them apart.....we'll get them all out again soon when you get a little bigger!

Your best friends all happen to be girls....hum?!  Your friend Eizley came over last weekend and you loved having her here, although you were a little "rough" around her.  You don't really understand how to interact with other babies...but someday your daddy will teach you! :) You also love to climb up on things, like the couch.  You've learned to put your leg up and get up on the couch so you can sit like a big boy.  You also learned how to blow kisses, wave bye-bye, and shake your head "yes" and "no".  You still love pointing at things, especially lights or windows.  You sleep in your crib all night long, and for all your naps.  You are down to one long nap a day...which mommy loves.  You also go to bed earlier now that you are down to only one nap, usually around 8:30-9 ish. 

You are so special to us Cash Austin, we cannot wait to tell you all the stories we have of you, all the memories we’ve made in the past year and the years to come. As much as it makes me long for the “baby” days, when you just ate, and slept….I am also so grateful for the present because I’ve watched you grow into a walking , talking, little handsome curly-haired boy who we absolutely adore.  You are such a huge blessing to daddy and I, we thank God for you every day.  You make our lives feel complete and happy.  You are the source of most of the joy in our lives and we wouldn't have it any other way.  We love the little boy you are, and the wonderful man you will someday be.  We love you with all of our hearts! Here's to another 70+ years watching you grow!

Forever and always,

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