On your very first birthday, you:
- can say: mama, dada, bubba, this, that, and Ooohhh (hello).
- have 3 teeth, and two beginning to push through on top.
- LOVE spaghetti and macaroni and cheese...I remember I ate a lot of spaghetti while I was pregnant with you, so that may be why - either way, we share a deep love for pasta!
- pull up on any and everything, but you just yesterday started standing straight up by yourself without holding on to anything. You know it’s a big deal because the first time you did it, you gave me the biggest grin and clapped for yourself.
- I think you will be walking soon, but just like your birth, you will take your time. And that is perfectly okay with me.
- know way to much about technology already. when we get a text message, you immediately look for our phones.
- hold down the button on the iphone to make Siri talk, then you put the phone to your mouth and talk back to Siri. I tried to get you on video doing this the other night, but of course, you stopped as soon as I pulled out the camera.
- also put the phone to your ear and say “Ooohhh?!” (hello)
- crawl so fast from room to room. You love to crawl and have us follow you. Follow the leader is one of your favorite games to play.
- Play with Henry...or I should say, sometimes Henry will play with you. You LOVE it. You belly laugh and squeal with delight when he plays with you.
- give kisses - especially when we bring you to our bed in the morning on weekends. We like to pretend to be sleeping and you put your hands on our face and give us a big smooch. It melts my heart.
- Love the swing at the park, and feeding the ducks.
- play with anything and everything that is not a toy. If I really want to occupy you for a bit while I get dressed or wash dishes, all I have to do is let you go through a cabinet or unpack a bag. You have only been in my scrapbook room a handful of times, but I know it is going to be a favorite place for you and I to play and explore.
- Still love anything soft. You immediately put it up to your face to feel the softness of it.
- Still suck on your first two fingers when you are tired.
- Love playing outside on the back porch...especially when the sun is shining.
- Love bath time - some nights you don't play as much, but you are always happy to scoot to the bathroom when I ask you if you are ready to take a bath.
- Point and say “Dat” to something you think you need. Sometimes when we give it to you, you say, “this!”
- Love your board book that has different textures in it...it has a furry fox, and a furry baby chick. It’s the one book that really holds your attention.
- are not much for watching t.v. - but you love to have the remote and point it toward the t.v. so you can change the channel.
- Love music - Aunt Rach just discovered your favorite song - Hold On We’re Going Home by Drake. You start singing and dancing when it comes on.
- Wake up singing some mornings...I thank God for Grandma Rose who sings to you almost daily. I do too, but I think Grandma Rose is the one who taught you to sing.
- Love sitting at the dinner table. When you see us putting your high chair at the table you scoot fast to it. Some nights you are a good eater and sometimes you play more than anything.
- You love drinking water. Your sippy cup of water is your favorite. Anytime I try to get you to try juice, you take one drink and then won’t touch it again.
- Oh you and your socks. I promise I am not lying when I say, you play a lot with your socks. They literally make you happy. It’s so funny and cute...when I took these photos it dawned on me that we totally should have had a “sock” theme for your party. That’s how much you love socks.
- You are a mama’s girl. Sometimes you prefer your Papa, but most evenings you want me - and that warms my heart. So we rock and snuggle before you go to bed each night.
- Some nights like tonight, you fight sleep. It’s almost as if you cannot get comfortable in my arms anymore...it makes me a bit sad to just lay you down in your bed, but most nights when I do, you fall right to sleep on your own. Another sign you are twelve whole months.
- If you wake in the night, your Papa is always quick to jump up and tend to you. He is great at comforting you and getting you back to sleep.
- I love to watch you play. I see so much of both your Papa and I in your play. Just tonight you were playing with your Little People and I could not help but watch with a smile from ear to ear. It’s truly one of my favorite things.
- Your super soft leopard blankie is still your favorite. It soothes you and comforts you when you are feeling fussy or under the weather.
- you have the sweetest curly hair.
- You have the sweetest personality and we think you are going to be quite the jokester. I hope you learn that laughter literally is the best thing for your soul - and being able to make other's laugh is great, but being able to laugh at yourself is even better.
My sweet Ellis, on your first birthday, my one wish for you is that you always trust in God. Be comforted by Him, and know He is by your side always. If I have learned one thing from this past year, it is to lean on Him in good times and tough times; and to pray.
We love you so much, baby girl.
Happy Happy 1st birthday, Ellis Chandler Rose.
People will tell you - a lot - but you won’t believe them...
And then the year goes by, and your baby, OUR baby, is turning a year old.
I remember one of my best friends telling me time and time again - like when Ellis was crying for no reason, or when she wouldn’t take a nap and I thought I would never get myself dressed before 1PM, or when just leaving the house felt like an act of congress - I can hear my understanding sweet friends' voice saying, “...it’s such a brief period of time, I promise!”
And it’s only now, on her first birthday, that I look back and my heart immediately goes back to those moments of time and I am in awe of HOW brief it truly has been. She was so right.
And though I know the first full year is only the beginning of our beautiful story with our girl, it feels as though my heart is in my throat. My baby is now a year old and it’s the most bittersweet feeling that I suspect all parents get when their children turn a year older.
It’s been such an incredible and enormous year. I dare say, the best year of my life. The hardest, most challenging - uh, hell yes - but gosh, the most amazing and wonderful year. And I thank God for getting us here and trust Him to know that tomorrow will be just as amazing.