Happy first birthday to the cutest monkey-who-is-not-really-a-monkey that I know! I love this picture the most.... because she's laughing and you can see her one little tooth, and she's not at all still, and she's gripping her new cow, and she's wearing the goldfish sweater I knitted for her, and she is REALLY excited about that sticker.
I was consumed with emotion last night remembering that labour was exactly one year ago... and how I was so scared in the hospital room all by myself, and how I just had NO idea who she was going to be but I was pretty excited to find out. And I could NEVER have imagined who she is...
She is a ray of sunshine... the happiest baby I have ever met. She's so easy to get along with, although I am starting to see some feistiness emerging when she shrieks if I take too long putting together her lunch or when she gets frustrated figuring out a toy and just chucks it. She has one tooth, and another starting to poke through.
She loves french toast and peas and roasted veggies and chicken and cheerios, but she will try almost anything you put in front of her. Drinking water from real adult glasses is her most favourite thing to do at the dinner table, although she gets so excited that she ends up just yelling into the glass and spilling water everywhere.
The first words she understood were "turn the page" and reading is by far her most favourite activity and basically the only time she will snuggle. She is obsessed with the cats but if they run away she will bother Finn instead. She's a pretty good sleeper, going to bed from 7pm to 7am, and two one-hour-plus naps a day.
She doesn't say any words yet although she is pretty close to "Mama" and "Dog" and "book", and often says quasi-words that sound similar while looking at those objects, but not really clearly enough yet for anything to qualify. Sometimes when she is muttering "Mamamamamamama" to herself I will be like "Mama?!" and she looks me in the eye and defiantly and clearly says "BAH. BAH."
Her favourite toys are Benny the Bunny (a bunny rattle), Rubber Fish (a natural rubber chew toy), and stacking cups that she can't stack but instead hands me one at a time so I can take fake sips from them and then laughs when I smack my lips and go "Aaaahhhhhh!".
We made her a "busy board" or "activity board" for her birthday with a round of pine we got from the hardware store, some latches and hinges we had in the garage, and a couple of additions from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Use Store, Michaels (for the colourful letters) and the hardware store.
Although she looks mostly like her dad, I am gonna go ahead and call it: she has my blue eyes! They even kind of crinkle up and disappear when she smiles, just like mine. Her hair is sloooowly growing and it's getting pretty curly at the back! I can't wait for it to be pigtail length. I mean, I SERIOUSLY CANNOT WAIT.
Despite having a pang of nostalgia for tiny baby Molly last night (and by pang I mean: I might have started sobbing), I am SO happy she is getting bigger. People say that childbirth is this miracle, and it IS, but I think most moms will agree with me that the way bigger miracle happens every single day when you watch your children develop into real little people. So... happy birthday Molly! I hope year two is as awesome as year one!