Tuesday, January 3, 2012

First Birthday

My Sweet Madeline, 

YOU ARE ONE!!! That means Daddy and I survived our first 365 days of raising you!!!

You are 21lbs and I am not sure how tall you are...we'll find out at your next doctor's appointment. You wear size 4 shoe, size 3 diaper, and moving into size 18 months clothes. Your 12 month jeans are high waters now so I just bought 18month jeans yesterday. You are SO big now! 

You wear your hair in a little ponytail or pig tails on top of your head now. Its in this weird mullet phase and I'm kinda lost as to what to do with it so you go around like Pebbles for now. Daddy calls you pineapple head, sprout, unicorn, etc. You don't seem to mind! 

You have quite a vocabulary. You say "uh-oh", "mama", "Dada", "stop", "don't", and "girl" on a regular basis. I have heard "ball" and "bye-bye" but not consistently. Your grandparents swear they heard you say "shut-up" while they were here but I'm not sure. Guess I need to watch my language with the pups around you! hah I know for a fact that's how you picked up "stop" and "don't". We call you "girl" all the time so it figures you picked that up. We love hearing you talk! You also clap, wave, high five, and are running and climbing on anything you can get onto now! 

You are very into playing with any ball you can get your hands on right now! You love them! You throw them and then chase them! It is so cute! 

You are borderline obsessed with playing outside. You throw a fit when we come in -- not exaggerating. You cry and are inconsolable for about five minutes. Sometimes you just can't get over it and we have to put you in your bed to calm down! 

Your eating habits are the same still. You love fruit but are a little more picky with veggies. You also LOVE chicken. You are still on the bottle, about 3 a day or so but do well with your sippy cup too. You are only drinking cow's milk now and occasionally you get a tiny bit of juice. You got a donut for breakfast on your birthday!

You love people. You will go to anyone pretty much any time. While Nana and Papaw were here you would run to them, throw your arms in the air, and wait for them to pick you up! They loved every second of it! 

You had your very first Christmas this month! Your favorite present was this chair and you are always sitting in it reading your books! 

This is common place for you now. Running in the other direction from me. You are pretty independent and just want to run in stores and restaurants. I can keep you in a high chair or shopping cart but you have a limit now! 

This is your favorite place to be. You like to dump out anything you can get your hands on and eat it off the floor. You also make cereal for the dogs by mixing their food with their water. You also throw their food in the air like its confetti. It is super annoying cute. 

You love to read books. Its the only time you will be still and its my favorite bedtime routine.

We had a small celebration on your birthday at Chili's and got you a cookie cake. 

We had them sing Happy Birthday to you and you were a little unsure about it at first but when they started clapping, you did too! 

No shocker here but you loved your cake and had it all over you! I started crying as we were cutting your cake thinking about how big you are! 

I have been trying to write this post for days. Something about you turning one makes me feel like I need to say something spectacular to you. I guess if I told you one thing, I would want you to know how much joy you brought to Daddy and me. You changed our lives in a marvelous way. You are a testament to God's goodness and faithfulness.  The verse that I hope to instill in you is Psalm 37:3-5

 3Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
 4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

 5Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

I am so thankful to be your mommy. I can't wait for the journey ahead of us, sweet girl. I love you with all my heart. 

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