Thursday, March 14, 2013

the big ONE!

Dearest Avery,

As I write this post, I have the biggest smile on my face. We made it one year - one year! It's gone so fast and yet it seems like you've been a part of our lives forever. You are the first thing that enters my mind when I wake up and when you are away from me I can't stop looking at your photos and videos. They make me laugh so much. 

You think you are such a little lady already. I blame daycare on that and seeing all of the 'big kids' playing. You want to do everything they do and you are learning so quick! You LOVE to dance and sing to music. Your favorite things to sing/dance to are: your big dog toy when you touch it's nose it plays music, when mommy sings 'if all the raindrops' (you join in and do the 'ah ah ah' part!), and if you hear a catchy tune on a commercial. 

Your newest discoveries are: doing ring-around-rosie (you know when to fall at the end and are so proud of yourself that you clap), TWIRLING around like a princess (it melts my heart to see), balls - they are your newest obsession, dogs (you find the dogs in all of your animal books and point and say 'dawh'), walking SO fast now it's almost becoming a run (it scares mommy but makes daddy laugh), brushing your hair and everyone else's (you yell 'DAD' when you want to brush his hair) and you know when daddy leaves for work to say 'bah bye dah' and wave and look out the window!

So far you only have 2 teeth - what the heck!? I swear that 4 more have been coming in for months...but that doesn't stop you from eating table food! You now prefer to eat table food over baby food. In fact, you get frustrated when you can't pick up your food on your own with your fingers. Your favorite foods are: bananas, shredded cheese, ravioli, grilled cheese, mango and chicken fettuccine (according to Nanna). You are a great eater and there isn't much you don't like. You love your sippy cup and are still working on holding your big girl cup. You have tried cows milk and didn't seem to mind it!

Your favorite things to do right now are: throw the ball around, go outside on walks, give BIG hugs and pats on the back, 'read' books, be chased around by daddy and dance. I must add that you LOVE dogs. You go to the window to watch for dogs. When you see one, you point and say 'woo woo' for woof woof. Everything is a dog, no matter which animal I point to in a book. :)

Luckily for us, you still take 2 naps: one in the morning at 10:00 and another at 2:00. We give you a bath around 8:00 and you are in bed at 8:30 and usually sleep until about 7:30. You usually need your paci to fall asleep and do a great job at soothing yourself back to sleep or keeping yourself content in crib when you wake up. 

You comfort object is Lenny the lemur. You love Len. You sleep with him and carry him around in the morning when you first wake up. However, Lenny stays in your room - we don't drag him around places. Your bottle is also a comfort object, in my opinion. A little nervous about taking that away....

Daddy and I are loving how your personality continues to shine. You are very busy and are always trying to figure out how things work. You are still inquisitive about the world around you. You get shy around people you aren't sure of. You LOVE Nanna and prefer to say Nanna over momma now! You understand most all commands, such as 'give mommy the ball', 'let's go take a bath', 'put that back', 'look what I have in my hand', 'throw the ball to mommy', 'where did daddy go'. We think she is so, so smart :)

You are long and skinny (exactly 20 pounds) and have a big outie bellybutton. Daddy is so worried about that bellybutton - he knows you will hate it when you get older! Even though you got tubes last month, you already have an ear infection. We are hoping it's just a fluke. 

I am so excited to see what this next year holds. This past year has been one of the best of my entire life. Watching you grow and learn and seeing how much your daddy loves you makes my heart happy. You are our pride and joy and simply irreplaceable. 

We love you to the moon and back!


  1. I love this letter to Avery! What a special little girl you have... you must feel so blessed! Happy 1st Birthday to the little miss :)

  2. Thank you Becky! I can't wait to hear what you are having, hope you are feeling well! :)