One year ago today Daddy and I were at the hospital, just waiting for you to arrive. We were so excited to meet you and introduce you to your brother. See, you were our little miracle sweet Eli. God made you in Mama's belly at a time when we never expected such a wonderful gift. We are so lucky that God chose us to be your parents. Happy 1 year Birthday!
A year makes a big difference! In one year you have gone from laying in our arms, to sitting up, to sitting on your own, to rolling over, to crawling! You have gone from no teeth to almost 10 teeth! You have gone from crying, to babbling, to saying "uh-oh"!
Just in the past month you have started saying "uh-oh"! Whenever anyone else says it you say it too. Many times we have heard you say "Mo" after we have said "Elmo", and in fact there are other words that we are sure you have repeated after us. It is so adorable! And so fun.
Dr. Swanson was very impressed with you at your 1 year check up today. He couldn't believe how many teeth you have! And we think that is why you have had a difficult time of it off and on for the past several months. Hopefully they will all come in at once and then leave you alone! Dr. Swanson was also impressed that at 27 lbs., your weight has stayed the same since your 9 month check up so you are now in the 95th percentile for weight instead of the 150th! :)
Also in the past month you have decided that you do not want your bottle anymore. One Saturday morning you refused to take it and continued to refuse it after multiple attempts over a few days. So that is that. I am glad that it was as easy as that, but I have to admit I am a little sad to be so abruptly stripped of that little cuddle time that we had every morning and night. Just another little way your mama has to let you go!
You are completely done with eating baby food as well. You made that pretty clear to us too! For awhile there we were challenged in finding foods that you could, and would, eat. But now it's getting easier. You seem to be gagging less and liking more foods. Here are some of your favorites: peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, chicken, noodles, cheese, bananas, yogurt, and applesauce. You even gobbled up some chicken lasagna one night, and taco casserole another! Now if you would only eat your vegetables...
I love how you love books! I catch you looking at them all the time. You enjoy being read to before naptime and bedtime. And anytime in between.
It has been a year of tough times as we worked through your colic, RSV hospital stay, and tortuous teething, but it has also been a year of joy as we have enjoyed your smiles, giggles and love. You are our precious gift from God and we will always be so thankful for you. We pray that you will always know how much we love you, and how much your Father in Heaven loves you and wants you to know Him.
Keep growing well sweet Eli! I am right here beside you cheering you on!
Always loving you,
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