It seems that it’s been a while since I last wrote to you. Probably because I spend so much of my day talking and interacting with you directly, now that you’re quite the expressive young lady. My heart can scarcely believe that you are officially one year old. In some ways, the time just flew by. And other days, the minutes just crawled. One thing I know for certain, though, is that I soaked up everything you had to offer. I baby-gazed at your precious tiny body for hours. I snuggled up close and breathed in your smell. I held you and rocked you whenever you let me. I swoon at your sweet laughter, kiss your messy avocado face, and enjoy every splash in your bath time games.
These days you adore reading, in a more active and demanding fashion. You will drag out all of your books from their hiding spot and insist on reading each of them several times in a row. You also love to play ‘tag’ with the kitty and, despite her grumbling when her tail gets pulled too hard, I’m pretty sure she loves it too.
You’re fiercely independent still, but also more accepting of help when you actually do need it. You feed yourself very healthy meals including broccoli, tomato, blueberries, and chicken. Honestly the things you won’t eat are few and far between, and I am hopeful that this continues long into toddlerhood.
You still struggle sometimes with separation anxiety, but you’re also becoming much more outgoing with people you’ve met a few times before.
For now, you are still sleeping in mommy and daddy’s bed. Sometimes it’s challenging, and sometimes it’s blissful. You are sometimes willing to sleep for a while in your crib (pushed up against our bed) and some nights you’re stuck to me like glue. Either way, we almost always manage a decent nights sleep.
And though you grow in leaps and bounds, and your skills expand daily, our bond through nursing continues. I know someday you will outgrow even this, but for now it’s a constant… a reliable quiet moment we share. I’m glad we’ve been able to make it this far, fairly effortlessly, actually. I feel very lucky to have gotten so much support and encouragement and good advice to help us along the way.
I can’t begin to imagine you, Nora, another year from now, and all the ways you will continue to shock and surprise us all. But one thing is absolutely sure: I love you more than I thought possible, and always will.
Happy birthday, baby!