Happy birthday Zoe! One year ago today at 6:09am you swam into our world. You were full of beautiful dark hair and the cutest wrinkly body. You started loud and continue to be very vocal (a nice way to say you are one LOUD chica).
You have many favorites in your life and food is one of them. I like to call you little miss piggy at the dinner table because you shove food in your mouth by the fistful. It is so fun to watch you enjoy so many different foods, but your first food that got you hooked on chowing down – ground beef – is still your go to favorite. You love pretty much everything though. I think you’re going to take after me and have a deep love for food (and eating).
I’m not surprised that you still have no teeth (your brother was the same way). A lack of teeth sure doesn’t hold you back from eating!
We still share our special nursing sessions in the morning and before bed. And also when you wake me in the middle of the night. Okay, and sometimes in the afternoon when you wake up really sad from your nap. I’m a softie when you’re sad and know it’ll comfort you. You just love nursing and cutting out your mid morning and afternoon ones were much tougher than it was with your brother.
Even though you are now a big one year old your nighttime wakes still randomly happen. Although the random seems to be more often than not, especially this week. I still love you even when I sleep less.
You have been sharing a room with your brother consistently for a few months now. You two have so much fun playing, laughing and talking together when you’re supposed to be sleeping. I only see that fun growing as you two become older. Speaking of talking, your first word (other than the normal dada, mama and bye) was taggie (sounded like aggie). You love your taggie blanket. Anytime you see it in your crib or downstairs from the top of the stairs you cry until you get it. Then your thumb promptly goes into your mouth and all is good again in your world.
Just this week we made the switch to one nap a day. Your afternoon naps were getting shorter and not that great so now you’re going down closer to 12:30/1pm and napping for 2-3 hours. If we are in the car between 8-9am you tend to take a short 5-20 minute nap, but then you still take an awesome afternoon nap.
Hunter is your number one bud. He makes you laugh, let’s you attack him, shares sweetly and if you are upset he gives you toys to make you feel better. I know you two will have such a great bond growing up together.
If Hunter is your number one bud, daddy is your main dude. You get the biggest smile and squirm around when he walks into the room. Your best snuggles and cuddles are with him. He loves you like crazy and you have him wrapped around your little finger.
You are so close to walking! You’ve taken two half steps and then even one full step without falling right away. Any day now and you’ll be off! Some of your favorite toys are stacking bowls and cars, and a favorite game is tossing anything and everything out of baskets.
Zoe, you bring so many smiles to my life. You are such a sweet, happy, funny and joyful girl. This past year has flown by. It feels like just yesterday I was roaming the hospital halls with you in my belly. Now you are growing up right before my eyes and I just want it to slow down. You are so loved baby girl.