To our sweet daughter & complete miracle. How you’ve changed this year!! You started out as a 4lb 5 oz snuggler & turned into a whopping 17lb 6oz fiesta, spunky, spirited and sweet girl. Getting a snuggle from you is a rare occasion, but that’s okay because it means you are confident and brave. You have flown 6 times already in your short 12 months, been on a mission trip to Kentucky, celebrated thanksgiving, christmas and the 4th of July with family, moved 3 times and have proven to be quite a flexible & easy going child as long as you have me or daddy. Although you do hate your carseat, it’s obvious that it’s because you don’t wanted to be constricted or contained. You are friendly, easily reach out for others, and you forgive easily. Whenever we have to go to the doctor have your ears checked (over a dozen times this year), you cry for a minute and then instantly turn and smile at the doctor. You have endured many weeks with infections, probably muffled hearing and a lot of discomfort but you are still so silly and cheerful. You have ONE TOOTH. And it’s sharp.You are determined. Even though you’re not QUITE walking yet, you keep falling and keep trying. You like to try new foods and usually love whatever mommy & daddy are eating. You love to go to the nursery at church, enjoy playing with other kids and you typically steal their toys. We’ll have to work on that….You’re trying to talk and are still constantly babbling. I think you can say mama, dada, baba (bottle), more, hungry, all done, good, and yep! pretty clearly!! You’re still trying to say buckeye and your face lights up when you see him. You’ve recently discovered his tail and you have to learn to be a little bit more gentle. He is very patient with you though & loves to keep a close eye on you.
It’s hard to believe all of these things have happened in ONE YEAR. It’s been 365 days since we met you for the first time. I instantly said “Wow, she looks like a D’Attoma!” and even though your looks have changed a lot, I still think you look just like your daddy. It’s funny to us that we have a blonde-haired, blue-eyed daughter who will probably have a southern accent (you are starting to say bye-bye with a little twang!), but we left every inch of you. You’re so beautiful. It’s hard to believe that you needed to eat every 2 hours for a month, didn’t sleep through the night for 9 months (neither did I), and now you hold a sippy cup, eat with your hands, you’re learning to use a spoon and you LOVE YOUR CRIB and fall asleep easily on your own. (Again, thanks mom!). Even when you were in the hospital at 8 months with a UTI, none of the nurses could believe you were sick because you were SO HAPPY… we could only see a drop in your energy and spirit when your fever spiked to 105, and then you’d be silly again an hour later. Never lose that spirit. Never stop being silly. Another way you’re just like your daddy.
I wanted to document some photos from this year 18 months or so… Since we found out we were expecting you, it’s been about that long. At times it feels like 10 seconds and others it feels like a decade, bu
Photo above right: I was 20 weeks pregnant and we could out we were having a girl!!
Shower in Ohio (above) Shower at Northside in Lexington (below)… this shower was the last saturday before you were born!
Leigh and I finished your nursery the night before we went to the hospital to be induced….
This was the last photo I took before you arrived. 34 weeks. (below right)
And here you are!! August 9, 2012 at 6:35pm….
Thank you Leigh for hanging around all day & Jess for taking the below photos. (And grandma and grandpa for being here!)
Your friend Molly Jane, born a week later!
Some pictures from my phone…
Your newborn session I photographed…
Some more pictures from Jess…
Jump to 9 MONTHS!
Mission trip to Kentucky…
Mila & Molly Jane (and getting into things!) I love the photo on the top right when she’s peaking over her crib!
Vacation to Lakeside! 11 Months old!
Pictures from this past week… going to see grandma and grandpa! Surprise!
And now.. the progressive pictures I’ve taken almost every month in her laundry basket! How you’ve grown!
AND, TODAY!! ONE YEAR OLD!