Sweet Anna Alden,
You are a few days past one and I’m amazed at how big you are and how much you’ve changed just in the last week. You started cruising a few months ago, but that didn’t last long. Once you realized you could go, you went. For a few days you wobbled back and forth and took a step, maybe two and then BAM you were all over the place. You are always, always trying to catch up with the others.
You are chattering away lately. When I come into your room in the morning, I always say “Good mornin'” and you’ve started groggily mumbling “moh-een”. You ‘talk’ to us all the time. I really wish we could understand what you’re saying! Because you obviously think you’re very funny. You’ll blabber on and just laugh and laugh. (Don’t worry. I do the same thing sometimes.)
You love all of your siblings so much. I love the way you and Asa seem to talk without words. Just a look here or there and little sounds. And then with Lydia…your eyes just sparkle when she focuses her attention on you. She thinks she’s your little mama and you love it that way. Carter is a little more reserved with you, but when you interact it’s adorable. He throws his arm around your neck and you lean into him – eyes closed – and smile.
You make us all smile. You always keep us on our toes. You are almost always up for a cuddle. Your favorite food is cooked carrots and you transitioned from bottle to cup overnight. You love to sit in Asa’s little recliner and it is so stinking cute. You love to ‘read’ books and play with trains. You still cross your legs like they were in utero – although that’s beginning to fade away.
You are one. I can’t believe you’re one.
But I also can’t believe that it’s only been 367 days since you first came into our lives.
I pray we have thousands and thousands more.
We all love you so, so much.
p.s. Yesterday when you gave me an unprompted kiss and then giggled, my heart nearly exploded from happiness.