Thursday, October 30, 2014

One year old

Dear Lucy,

One year! Woohoo!  I can't believe it. I've been thinking all week about what to write.  Part of me has been avoiding it because I don't want to acknowledge you're no longer an infant, but a toddler, complete with toddler skills and toddler attitude!

In the last month, you've made some major developmental leaps. First and foremost, you have mastered the art of walking. You went from mostly crawling or wanting to be carried at the start of month 11, and now you almost never crawl. You want to walk most of the time.  You also love to go fast. You can't quite run yet, but you sure want to!  This need for speed has been a recurring theme with you- as you were learning to walk, your teachers kept insisting you'd figure it out if you would just slow down!!  You walk to the car, from the car to school, and all over the house.  You have also started pitching a fit when you want to walk but are being carried.  You also feel free to go wherever you want (into the street, or away from school) when you don't want to go where I'm going. 

You're also chatting up a storm.  Mama, Dada, dat (cat), diddy (dirty), and more.  Daddy said he heard you say something resembling Julia the other day, and I'm sad I missed that.  

You're preparing to transition from the Bunny Room to the Bear Room. I love that you've had 9 months in the same room with the same core teachers and a lot of the same kids- the consistent environment. But you are sooooo ready to hang with the big kids.  You've spent lot of time there this month and it's a natural fit. Zachary, your beau, is moving up with you, which is wonderful. 

You're down to one long nap in the afternoons, which is great. You're having a tough time teething with molars right now, but that will pass soon enough. 

You're suddenly interested in really exploring the world around you.  You love being outside. You want to touch the dirt, rocks, and leaves, feel the wind and sun and rain on your face, and just be a part of it.  While everything still goes into your mouth, it also goes other places- over the side of your high chair onto the floor, from one hand to the other, under a blanket, into a drawer, out of a drawer.... You're experimenting and exploring, and I love watching your little brain work.

It's a hoot watching you play with your birthday toys. We had a lovely little party at Central Market. It was great, except that I got the time wrong- I added it to the family Google calendar when we were in New Mexico, and the Google/iphone combo quite unhelpfully accommodated the time change from Mountian to Central.  We were only a little late, and a good time was had by all. 

Speaking of New Mexico, you had a great visit with Nana.  She bought you two books that you absolutely love.  You two also walked a lot, and got in some good snuggles.  You really enjoyed Balloon Fiesta. 

There's so much more, Lucy, but there isn't enough time in the world to capture it all.  You're amazing, and I can't imagine our family without you.  Happy birthday, sweetie!


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