Happy 1st Birthday Aubrey Joy!

One year ago today, they placed you in my arms for the first time.  I was in love with you the day I found out we were expecting, but the day I held you for the first time that love multiplied more than I could have ever imagined.  My heart was going to burst it was so full of joy.

Now you look totally different than the day we brought you home.  You’re 24.2lbs (95th percentile) and 30.5inches (85th percentile).  You have 8 teeth, and your hair is getting so much thicker and lighter.

You eat anything, and watching you eat is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  You truly enjoy food, and it’s adorable.  We successfully made it to our goal to nurse for 1 year, and now that we’ve made it I honestly don’t see you weaning anytime soon.  If you do, I won’t know how to get you to bed at night.

You take 2 great naps a day, and if only bedtime was as simple as nap time.  Every week changes and you go through a new bedtime phase.  It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to get you to sleep at night and that’s when I put you to sleep.  Sometimes you wake up 1-2 times and sometimes we wake up in the morning surprised that it’s morning and you slept through the night.

You’re on the go constantly.  You took those first steps at 10 months, and for a few weeks that was the most you would do.  Then overnight you got the courage to walk, and you haven’t slowed down since.

You love playing in the kitchen cabinets, with the dog crate and the dogs (much to their dismay), and you love cords and outlets (much to our dismay and now Paul calls you Sparky).   Absolutely EVERYTHING goes in your mouth.  You love biting fuzz off blankets and stuffed animals.  You dance all the time to music.  You look peek a boo and when we chase you.

You say “mom” and “dad”, and we are pretty sure you’ve tried to say “hi”, “ya” and “amen”.  You have learned how to shake your head “yes” and it cracks us up.  You answer our questions with a head nod, and 90% of the time I feel like you really know what we are asking you.

You started signing “all done” at 11 months, and now you tell us when you’re all done with everything. All done in the stroller or all done with bath time.  I’m trying to be more consistent with other signs (like more, eat and milk) so you will learn those too.

Here we are one year later, and that love has continued to multiply. Your smile is infectious, and your laugh is contagious.  Your kisses are sloppy and sweet, and your snuggles are my favorite.  You’re dramatic and determined.  You’re curious and strong.  You’re smart and sweet.  You’re active and stubborn.  You’re the most perfect gift from God.  Happy 1st Birthday Aubrey Joy!

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