My sweet, sweet (and did I mention sweet?) daughter turned one year old today. I cannot begin to tell you how crazy that is for me. Simultaneously, I feel like she's been with me for a lifetime, yet also that she was just born yesterday. It's amazing how much babies change in the first few years...I can't believe on this same day, just one year ago, she was doing nothing but eating and sleeping, and I was getting zero sleep, a tired zombie. Now she's almost walking, talking, playing, laughing, giving me kisses, wanting me to read to her, eating real food, and - best of all - sleeping 11-12 hours a night (AND goes to bed without any fights)! Seriously, she's the best.
Everywhere we go, she always makes at least 3 new friends with her smiling, waving, and laughing at any and everyone; the first thing all strangers tell me is what a sweetheart she is, and then how she's the happiest baby they've ever seen. She teaches me everyday to become more extroverted, as I learn the intricacies of all the small talk I am now forced into thanks to her!
However, the best thing to happen recently is learning to "give mama a kiss," which means when I ask for it, she will come over and gently put her hands on my head and lean her mouth to my cheek. It's the most precious thing in the world! Truly makes me wish these moments will never end. At our baby class on Tuesday, she was playing with a younger baby who fell over backwards. Olive got an upset look on her face, started squealing and making other upset noises, so concerned. I sat the girl back up and she leaned forward to crawl into her mom's lap, and Olive leaned forward like she does to me, and kissed the girl on her back! How she picked up these social cues I will never know, but it had all the mom's watching completely giddy over how cute that was! I can only hope such sweetness and good nature continue on through toddlerhood! I love my precious girl, and am so looking forward to seeing what the next year has in store!
And of course, who would I be if I didn't start this special day off with a mini session at home? Thus, the 1 year pictures: