Happy 1st birthday my sweet baby girl! It's hard to believe a whole year has passed already. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing you home from the birth center, scared out of our minds, wondering why on earth you didn't come with an instruction manual. We were in awe of you. I remember holding you in my arms, watching you sleep, and examining each and every inch of you. Counting your fingers. Looking at your toes (Clute toes btw). You were 50% Mom, 50% Dad, and 100% perfectly you. I found it impossible to wrap my head around the fact that just hours before you were inside my belly, that you spent nine months growing in there. It is a miracle. You are our very special gift from God.
|day one. our new family|
And now, one year later, we are still in awe of you. How much you have changed. How much you have grown. From that squishy little baby, to a walking, blabbering little girl. You learn something new every single day. You are obviously a genius (and I am definitely not biased). And our lives will never be the same. And we would never want them to be. Ever. We may have had more money and a cleaner house, but we definitely didn't have as much fun!
|with your birthday chalkboard|
This last month has been so wonderful! You now weigh in at 24lbs and are 29 inches long. And your head is 18.3 inches, 85%! See....genius!
|are you sure i'm a year???|
You are now an official walking girl! Watch out world, here comes Charlotte!! You have spent the last few weeks figuring it all out, getting better and better every single day. I am sure by this time next month you will be running!!
|on the move|
You LOVE to dance. I'm pretty sure it is your favorite thing to do. And you love a song with a good beat. Robin Thicke. Lady Gaga. Justin Timberlake. Children's songs are not your style. You like to shake shake shake your booty.
|dancing in Banana Republic|
One of your biggest accomplishments of the month....you slept thru the night!! Honestly I never thought I would be able to type out those words. haha. You have done it 3 times now. But you aren't consistent at all. One night you will wake up two times, the next sleep thru the night, and the next up again multiple times. But now we know you are capable of going a whole night without eating! And someday you will sleep thru the night every single night. Progress!
|giving H a hug before bed time|
This month you went to the zoo for the first time! When we were visiting Nana we got to check out the Sacramento Zoo, the same Zoo Mommy visited when she was a kid. It was super hot but we had a lot of fun, especially on the merry-go-round!
|Charlotte the Zoo Keeper|
|mmm ice cream!|
|not happy about being the baby kangaroo|
|petting the kitty|
|riding with Nana|
|reading about animal with Mama|
You sure do LOVE the water!! We took swim lessons this month and you loved every minute of it....well except when Mommy was dunking you in the water. But you loved it the rest of the time. And for your last class, Daddy came and swam with you!
|playing in the pool at Aunt Gail's!|
We spent a lot of time doing crafts and shopping at Michaels together this month. All in preparation for your very first birthday party! (post on that coming soon!)
|helping pick out paper at Michaels!|
And two weeks before your birthday GGMA and Grandma Rachel came for a visit. We went to the Aquarium....you LOVE it there!
And we had a mini birthday celebration with them since they weren't going to be able to come to your party.
|i love GGMA!!|
|reading the card|
|but I really just want to eat the tissue paper!|
This one if for Aunt Nikki......ROCKS!!
We love you more than you could ever imagine. We are so proud to be your parents, and feel blessed to have you as our daughter. This last year has been the best year of our lives, and we can't wait to see what the next year brings!
Happy Birthday Charlotte Grace!
Mommy and Daddy