Sweet baby girl,
Today you turn 1 year old. Wow! Time sure has flown. I was putting you to sleep tonight, holding you as you were so cutely twirling your hair with your right hand like you always do, and thinking to myself that I can’t even remember when you were so tiny that you would barely span the length of my forearm when I held you. I was thinking about how I used to swaddle you and put you to bed, and now you lay down and [sometimes] put yourself to sleep sucking those little fingers of yours.
At the bold age of 1, you have developed quite the personality. You laugh so hard when you see others laughing. You are possessive of things in your hand, like the remote. You are sweet and give hugs all the time. You are excited when you hear music and when you see your family.
You currently have 6 teeth and I imagine more are about to come in because you are putting your hands in your mouth more often. Your hair is getting very long and I am in a constant battle with your Grandma Laura to not cut it yet. We have been tying it back with a little hair tie these past few days to keep your bangs out of your face.
You love meat, especially chicken. You also like drinking out of a straw and letting all the juice subsequently fall out of your mouth onto your bib, or sometimes your clothes. You love cheerios and think it is hilarious when Aunt Sami throws them in the air and catches them in her mouth - you tried to mimic her once. You do not like carrots that much, or peas. You love strawberries and anything sweet. We have also been giving you eggs sometimes for breakfast. You do love to feed Sasha when you are eating - you reach your hand full of food over your high chair so she can come lick it. Gross. We are also learning to pray at the dinner table. The family puts our hands together, and we put yours together too, and we say our prayer as you watch us with a smile, and when we clap at the end and say ‘YAY’ you get really excited and clap too.
We celebrated your first birthday 11 days ago, so that our whole family could be together. You were on your best behavior and you were constantly saying ‘ya, ya, ya’ the whole time. You loved touching your birthday cake and licking the frosting. In true Kaitlin form, you didn’t dig in all at once, rather you gracefully dipped your hand in. So very lady-like!
You were not a huge fan of being left in the USS Chalupa. How awesome was that boat though? Your Uncle Joseph and Carlos built it for you and Grandma Laura and Sami helped a lot too with the sail and the lettering. It was really fun seeing all your friends and family get into the boat and take pictures!
Your favorite toys right now are a play table at Grandmas, your push and go walker, Mickey Mouse and Barney stuffed animals and busy beads. You also love books. Your Grandma Claudia reads to you all the time and sometimes you will even grab a book on your own and look through the pages. Of course, you love everything that is not supposed to be a toy, too - ornaments, water bottles, dog toys, remotes, pens, phones - all the good stuff!
Also, as of Friday, November 29th, you took your first steps! Way to go! You have been taking more and more in the past week with our help, and even took SEVEN steps on your own on Sunday. You are going to be running around in no time.
You are definitely a morning person (so is your mommy), as that is when you are in the best mood. From the minute you wake up you are smiling and breakfast is usually your best meal.
Kaitlin, your daddy and I love you so much and are amazed by you every day. You are a gift to us and a such a blessing. Happy birthday, sweet little girl!