Dearest Baby Soup,
Today you turn one. It has been 365 wonderful days since you were brought into this world. I know it is such a cliche to say you have changed my life, but it was true. Worth every single day of throwing up during the pregnancy. The pain of growing and changing body. The 5.5 hours of labor. In fact, if I could just go through labor again and not have to do the pregnancy, I would be happy.
But all of that falls away when I look at your beautiful face. These past months your personality has just blossomed.
You must be the center of attention in any group. Whether it’s just your Grandpa and Nana or in a big grocery store. You will wave and smile at anyone if it means you’ll get a smile back. If they don’t look at you, you will squeal and giggle in the hopes of getting attention.
A few days before Christmas you took your first steps. Not long after that, you started cruising around. And now? Pretty much the only time you crawl is if you want to get somewhere really fast. Most of the time if you are meandering around, you will walk with your hand grasping at your diaper and walk in a diagonal. We’ve tried to capture it on camera, but you stop immediately and start posing. I think it makes you look like a cowboy. You will also choose to climb anything that gets in your way.
You have also figured out how to get off the bed by yourself. You can almost catch yourself well too.
Your love of music has grown exponentially. Your favorite songs are the ones with deep bass beats and fast lyrics. Stuff you can really dance to. You will bob your head to anything with a beat, but you have only bobbed your head in your sleep to the House theme song.
You got a baby doll for Christmas and are so in love with her. You give her kisses and love to place in her in her cradle and rock it. Sometimes other stuffed animals or dolls go into the cradle to be rocked, but they usually don’t last very long. We don’t know where you got the spanking her from, but I prefer to think of it as burping the baby instead of spanking. Either way, you hold her by her leg upside down and pat her back/butt area.
Your other favorite present from Christmas was your computer. This computer even have your name on it! And you know how unusual your name is, so having it on there is amazing. It has great buttons and you love to push the violin button the most. Uncle Matt and Daddy love it too, and are going to use that loop in one of their songs.
Your favorite person other than Mommy and Daddy is your Uncle Matt. No matter what you are doing, if you hear his voice, you HAVE to see him. He has to be completely silent while you are eating or you won’t eat anything at all.
As for food, you still loathe to touch anything with your hands and occasionally get into a mood where you do not want to eat ANYTHING except for boob juice, but otherwise want to eat whatever we are eating. You will gnaw off someone’s arm for pepperoni stick and adore anything spicy. You’d rather eat from daddy’s plate than mommy’s because of that.
When visiting Grandpa and Nana’s or Grammy’s, we make you sit in the high chair, which you’ll handle for a little bit. You’ll play with your bowl and spoon, beating things around a bit, sometimes making it into your mouth. Mostly you just bide your time, waiting for us to get deep into the throws of good food before deciding that you must have some. But you don’t want to touch it, oh no. Not at all. So when rice gets thrown all over the place and lands on your arms and face? The world absolutely stops until it gets off.
Just this past weekend, you fell in love. We went to go meet a friend’s baby at his “Meet the Baby” Shower. A little boy there, 2 years old, was very sweet to you. He gave you grapes and cheese and oranges and you just wanted to be near him. He didn’t quite know what to do when you tried to hug him but was very nice and kind to you. You didn’t quite know what to do when he ran away to go get cake from his mommy though.
You bring so much joy into our lives. You are so precious and so loved. I cannot wait to see the lovely woman you become.