But now it's been another year, full of trips and milestones.
Playing piggies in Galway
Foam courtesy of hot chocolate!
Time change struggles
These are the macaws, "that tried to bite me!" as she'll tell anyone who will listen
The car show had popsicles!
Dancing with Cousin Raf, post-Mass
Hanging with Grandma Jean, Grampy, and cousins at the car show
This year she's fallen even more in love with books (which she'll choose over movies, ice cream, or nursing), she's discovered pretend play ("I'm a cat!" or "oh babies, time to go to bed, ok wake up 'ave ice 'eeem!"), and she's become quite the mimic ("oh lorduh" thanks to Daddy, "I have a tummy ache" thanks to my morning sickness complaints).
I realize now how dangerous it'd be for her to stay an only child. In truth, everything she does astounds me: listening to her play under the table, having her 'read' her books (she's memorized every one we own), having conversations with her where she speaks in full sentences. I love watching who she is becoming, seeing what interests develop, and what about the world enchants her. I love introducing her to new tastes, books, and beautiful places - what a joy it is to discover the world with her!
We had a small family party at home yesterday, first going to the beach:
Paddle, paddle, paddle!
with her BFF and neighbor, Macie
Then post-nap, we had presents...
a slide from Grampy and GG! Her face really lit up for this one
lots of new books from loved ones near and far
And Nemo cake!!
She blew out her candle all on her own - but she's been practicing for months!
Low key, but fun, a day with some of the people she loves most. It was hard for me to resist going overboard - huge party! decorate house like an aquarium! buy her everything! invite everyone! - but I realized that if I want her to focus on love and celebrating the gift of life, I have to start now. Small parties are okay, when the love is so big.
As we've gone through this year as a family, I have marveled at the gift of being her mother and watching Tom be her father. We are so looking forward to another year with our little girl and seeing her become a big sister.
Another year with our girl - what could be better than that?
The Orams, October 2014