Oh my goodness, little man, you are now ONE YEAR OLD!!! One year ago today, at 6:14 pm (after 9 total hours of labor, only 30 minutes of it pushing), you entered this world red-faced and screaming and letting your presence be loudly known! And our lives have changed for the better becuz of it.
And you have changed so incredibly much from the days of "newborn Hunter" that Mommy often finds herself staring at you in amazement and surprise. Can it REALLY have been a year already?
You are off of formula now, buddy! Mommy and Daddy slowly weaned you and you're now drinking straight whole milk. You are an AWESOME eater, and so far you don't have any dislikes. Your favorite foods seem to be pizza, blueberries, broccoli and cheese (but then again we still haven't come across any foods that you actually dislike)! You drink your water from a sippy cup, both a regular one and the kind with straws. But you can also drink from Mommy's glass when she offers. And you had your first ice cream cone this month! You've had ice cream many times but this was the first time we offered it to you in a cone and you held it (and ate it) like such a big boy.
You dance (basically bobbing your torso and head and waving yours hands and arms around) all the time now when you hear music but especially when the music to your favorite shows--Handy Manny, Chuggington and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse--comes on the TV. You also LOVE music, period. If you hear a catchy tune on a commercial or on the radio, you will stop right in the middle of what you are doing to listen.
You now clap all the time. You love when Mommy and Daddy cheer you on when you are walking, and you immediately start clapping. And did I say walking? Yep, you are walking (and running practically) like a pro now, Hunter! You hardly ever crawl unless you want to get somewhere really fast and are too impatient to toddle there. But you walk all over the place now and Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you! Also, you are getting two of your molars in, slowly but surely. When Daddy first saw them, you were a cranky, drooling, crying mess (waking up screaming in the middle of the night, poor baby). But thankfully that first initial pain seems to have lessened a bit!
Your 12-month doctor's visit is coming up this week but we already know that right now you weigh 25 lbs. You wear 12-18 months in pants and 24 months, and even 2T, in pajamas and shirts. You need that extra room in the sleeves becuz of your big "muscled" arms. Heh heh. We still CD but when you wear disposable diapers (when we're out and about) you are still in a size 4.
Mommy and Daddy are SO excited about your 1st birthday party that is coming up! We rented an inexpensive hall near the lake where Great-Grandma's house is, and we're planning a big BBQ for family and friends. Mommy has a nice lady making your cake, and we got lots of great decorations in red and blue (and with a slight cupcake theme). It's going to be a fabulous day spent with all the people we love and who love YOU.
You just had your 1st year professional photos done this past weekend, little man, and we can't wait to see how they came out. You were such a good sport, posing, smiling and toddling around the set but I think Mommy and Daddy's favorites will be the Cake Smash shots! Daddy made you a small cake, shaped like a cupcake, and we let you go to town. You certainly love frosting, just like your Mom!
You enjoy watching Mommy on the laptop and often try to "type" yourself now. And you also try to pull the power cord out (and have sometimes succeeded, right when Mommy or Daddy have been in the middle of typing something). And when you play with your toys, most specifically your push toys and "trike" you often flip them over and analyze the wheels and bolts/screws holding everything together. You are very analytical. And you are also a little bruiser who gives Mommy mini heart attacks daily. You fell out of your crib this month (crawled and then fell) and hearing that thump was the SCARIEST moment of Mommy's life, to date. Thankfully, you were just fine, despite falling on hardwood floor. You giggled all throughout the doctor's visit as she poked and prodded. You are a little monkey! You've also managed to climb OVER one of our baby gates as well. That day, you managed to scare your Nana half to death!
So much has changed this past year, Hunter, that you are like a completely different baby. You still make Mommy and Daddy laugh multiple times a day and we always are sure to tell you that not only do we love you, but we are SO thankful for you and what you've brought to our lives. Keep flashing those adorable little teeth at us as you smile every day and shine those beautiful brown eyes at us....you make your parents so happy.
This has been the best year of our lives, without a doubt, little man.
HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY, HUNTER!!
Love you always and forever,
Mommy and Daddy