Folks, we have made it to one year! And as one of our couple friends said, now that we’ve kept our daughter alive for a whole year we are approved to have more kids. So here’s to future babies! *clink* (and NO THAT IS NOT AN ANNOUNCEMENT SO STOP GIVING ME THAT LOOK)

Anyway. So now that we’ve made it a year I thought I’d write a little bit more than usual.

Being a mom is my greatest achievement to date. I know that is such a typical “mom” thing to say, but it’s seriously more true than I ever knew it would be. I have never felt so content, happy or confident in this role than in anything else I’ve done so far in life. I’ve never doubted my abilities to nurture our daughter and I’ve never felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. Well, I mean that I’ve never felt like I wasn’t up for the challenge/task, that is.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I feel really successful in this job. I love what I do and I think I’m pretty darn good at it…so far. I don’t worry about parenting like I thought I would and I even feel smart and affirmed because whenever I read up on what I’m supposed to be doing for all aspects of her development, most of the time I find that I’ve already been doing it. I win!

That probably sounds super braggy but it’s really not. It’s more about me growing up and finally having confidence in what I’m doing – like I was meant to do this and THIS is what I can excel at. I’ve never had that before and it feels really, really good. Not that I don’t feel confident as a designer, because I do…now. It just took me a lot longer to come into my own on that.

And of COURSE I’m not saying that I’ll always be this self-assured because clearly that would be delusional. I’m sure one of these days I’ll think, “what in the world am I doing?!” but in this first year I’ve only experienced success. I feel accomplished. And I love that.

Anyway, back to the baby…or should I say, TODDLER. Oh my!

Birthday girl!

This is what happened in the last month leading up to her birthday:

  • eating a ton – adult person sized portions
  • free standing without help
  • taking a few steps! and getting better and better at it throughout the month
  • walks around the ottoman super fast, holding on with one hand
  • “reads” in her book corner every morning
  • starting to throw food and making the most adorable naughty/guilty face
  • recognizes certain animals in her books and points to them; also recognizes animals from her books and points to the matching stuffed animals in her crib
  • recognizes and points to some body parts (belly button, nose, mouth)
  • blows us kisses – CUTEST THING EVER!
  • does a thousand laps around the living room/kitchen circuit
  • claps her hands

It’s just amazing how much she’s grown already. Like, one day we still had a baby and the next…BOOM…toddler. I guess once that one-year mark hits, babies mean business. Sheesh. And I’m so excited to keep watching her learn more and grow into her personality. Pretty sure we’ll have a little stinker on our hands…we are in for it now!

Happy birthday to my baby girl.