Today you are one year old.
I really wanted to spend the day doing things you like.
Like spending time with your big brother.
Riding the train with your Daddy.
Chilling out riding in your new birthday bike while sipping ice cold water.
You ate as much watermelon as you pleased today.
It is your new favorite food.
You also have a new favorite ride, it is the wild pink elephant ride.
You spent time playing/drinking at the water table.
You fell asleep today in my arms this afternoon. I held you for over an hour just because I could. One year ago today I held you in my arms for the first time the same way, only you were much much smaller. I remember your sweet little lips and your warm little hands. My love for you made me cry and smile at the same time.
And now you are One.
You love to laugh at your brothers crazy tricks. You want to do EVERYTHING he does.
You wake up at 6am and sometimes Daddy can get you to sleep a little longer but most of the time he gets up with you and you two start the day together with a shower and food.
You love fruit for breakfast. Watermelon is your favorite but you also like strawberries, blueberries and grapes. Your big brother feeds you honey berries from the backyard and you gobble them up even though they are very sour. You also like going to Denny's for breakfast. You flirt with all the girls and eat a full piece of toast cut into strips. You sit so nicely and eat so well whenever we go out to eat.
You love going inside Big Brothers school when we drop him off and pick him up. You smile and wave at the kids and Mommies. Big Brother always has a hug and kiss for you before we leave.
You love to eat spiral noodles(whole wheat!) for lunch, we call them springs. In the afternoon we try to go to the park where you enjoy the swing the best. You also like sitting on the grass and eating as many sticks as you can get into your mouth before Mommy sees.
You can sign eat, drink, milk, more and all done. We are working on potty, water and pointing.
Yes, the potty. You are amazing at letting us know when you need to use the potty. If you are cranky it usually means you have to go. You sit a few times a day very happily on the potty with a few books. Hey, it may not last but one less diaper for the landfill is one less diaper. Mommy will ride that train.
You love to play with Pa. You two spend Thursday afternoons together while Mommy and Big Brother go to piano lessons. Pa has taught you to play a toy flute. It is quite funny to hear the two of you play flutes. That is a post for another day.
You are not a great napper and do not sleep throughout the night consistently. In your defense you have had a few colds, coughs, fevers and more runny nose days than I can count.
Still you smile. And smile. I love your smile, it warms my heart and soul.
Everyone still comments on your big blue eyes.
You wear 18-24month clothes and weight just about 30 lbs. You are bursting out of your bucket seat.
You love riding in shopping carts. You love the waterfall at Cabela's. You love swimming, showers and baths. You crawl backwards but not too far forwards. You stand holding onto things but not by yourself quite yet.
You have 6 teeth but eat like you have 20.
You hug and kiss and charm like your Daddy.
You are loved so much. So much.
You are One!