Oct 30, 2013

Happy 1st Birthday Sydney!

Dear Sydney,

No one that meets you can get over your eyes or smile. At just 1 year, you have charisma many wish they had, and you don't even know it. Your smile lifts people out of gloomy days and combined with your huge blue eyes, have been credited with at least one parent considering a second child! 

It's been a fun year adding you to our family. You are full of joy and quite curious. And you have no fear - well except for doctors and people in Navy Blue, but that's understandable after your hospital visits last month. You are also quite easy going, letting you sister take center stage as much as she wants. Though you're not afraid to crawl over and tackle her at any chance you can. The two of you adore each other and it is so fun to watch you both grow up together. 

While you are not walking, yet - it's suspected by many to be any day now - you are climbing, having recently discovered your sister's comfy leather chair. You crawl up and sit, sometimes, looking oh so proud. Other/most times you crawl up and proceed to stand up on the chair. I've almost removed the chair completely out of fear that you will fall. But you're steady and confident. I don't think you do anything you are not sure you can do - which may explain why you're not walking yet either. 

You squeal with joy any time you see any of our pets, even more so when you can lay a hand on them. We're working on being "gentle". And just like your sister, you do your best to get to the sliding glass door whenever a train rolls by on the tracks nearby. 

Over the last few months you've come into your own with your personality. At first we thought you would be quiet with how easy going you are, but lately you let out as many squeals and babbles as possible to let people know you are here. And you are using a few words. Dada is officially your first. Nana (banana) is likely your second. We learned you knew that one the evening of your 1st birthday party, when your sister came into the kitchen asking for a banana. You followed her in and started screaming "nana nana nana" as soon as you saw that yellow fruit in my hands. I handed you a piece and you gummed it happily for a few minutes. I say gummed because you still only have 4 teeth and the two on top are still only half way in. 

We received great news on your actual 1st birthday at the cardiologist's office. Your 3rd echo cardiogram came back looking great so we were told we could stop giving you aspirin once a day and you would not need to go back for a year!

You've been the perfect addition to our family and none of us could imagine life without you. London loves to wake you up every morning, even giving up cuddles with daddy to do so. 

You graduated from the bottle to a sippy cup a few weeks ago with ease. Not one fight against it. And you're on milk too. Plus, you're doing much better with foods, even interested in what we are eating. If we happen to get Taco Bell for dinner we make sure to order you Pintos and Cheese, and you couldn't get enough of your dad's 7 layer bean dip on your birthday party - even after eating a whole serving of mixed berries and cereal minutes before. You also enjoy feeding yourself puffs and lil crunchies, which we give you after eating all of your main meal at the time. 

The one thing you really seem to have in common with your sister is your desire to not nap at daycare. You only take 1 nap a day that usually lasts less than an hour. That means you do come home tired most days and are out like a light by 6:30 every night. And this can make you cranky some evenings. 

We recently took you to the Pumpkin Patch for the first time and while you are about to embark on your 2nd Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas I really count them as your first as they will be the first you can really interact with to experience, which means the fun is just about to begin with you. I can't wait to see what the next year brings and how your personality will continue to grow and show itself. 

We love you!

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