March 29, 2012

An Ode to One Year Old

I don't think it was any secret that I was dreading Evie's first birthday. I was nearly having anxiety attacks over it. I couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that I was going to have a one year old. I knew that moment in the early morning when the clock ticked from 2:54 to 2:55 wouldn't really change anything, but it was bugging the heck out of me. I made through the night with copious amounts of wine, Mexican food and a wonderful hubby who was willing to mop up the puddle I morphed into for about an hour and a half.

Now that we've had a one year old for a full week now, I have to tell you I am so loving it.

So far one year old has brought so many new adventures.

A deep an abiding love for ORANGE CHEESE (colby cheese)! She thinks orange cheese is so yummy that it is hilarious. She squeals with laughter when she sees it.

Diaper changes have become a task. Did you know that gymnastics can actually be performed on a changing pad? They can. Also, diapers are a source of infinite excitement. She likes to take them and cover her face with them (the clean ones of course). She has even reached down and grabbed a few dirty (ie poopy) diapers out from under her butt when I was trying to wipe her. Gross? Yes. Funny? Absolutely.

Vegetation of all kinds is suspicious and not to be trusted. I could put her on a blanket in the grass and she wouldn't go anywhere.

A looser more relaxed schedule. Chris and I spent her first year establishing her routine because she thrived on it. This year we'll spend teaching her that sometimes a little break in the routine is OK too. Sunday we blatantly ignored that it was time for nap and went to the mall instead. Evie was in a great mood and we had a great time. This certainly won't be for all the time, but I feel like with one year behind us we can really start testing and enjoying the flexibility that a solid schedule provides.

It seems like every day Evie is making up new games to play with us. Her current favorite, sharing. She loves to pass an object back and forth with me. This also give us an opportunity to work on please and thank you.

All the new adorable things she does. She's clapping, pointing, waving, petting the dogs and when she's tired or sleepy reaching for me so she can rest her head on my chest for a few minutes. In her typical fashion she then pats my face and wants down to go a explore some more. This just melts my heart.

I am LOVING one year old and I can't wait to see what these next fifty one weeks have in store for our family!