And here we are at a year.
You don't talk a lot yet (your only real words are "mama" and "quack" - your dad wonders how the rubber bath ducks rated ahead of him), but you make it pretty clear what you want through pointing, crazy arm-flapping to show excitement, and constant "eh-eh-eh"ing.
You like seeing us react to you, especially your dad, who can't hide his laughter every time you hold your food over the edge of your high chair and look up to see if he's watching you threaten to drop it on the carpet (whatever fool decided to carpet the eating area deserves to eat his dinner off that carpet).
And you're walking amazingly well. Because you weren't a particularly early crawler, I've been surprised how quickly you picked up walking. You now prefer walking to crawling, even if it takes you longer and you fall down multiple times while crossing the room.
I bought you a couple of pairs of shoes, and suddenly you just love shoes. Ralphie gave you a pair for your birthday and when you pulled them out of the gift bag, you immediately stuck your foot up in the air so I could put them on you.
This past week, you've started giving kisses, pressing your open mouth to our cheeks and, my word, it's ridiculous how cute your dad and I think that is. You also like to do "nose-to-nose," brushing your nose against ours.
And the dishwasher? The coolest thing you've ever seen. As soon as you notice it's open, you're glued to the side of it, pulling out the silverware as fast as you can. And occasionally, you climb on the dishwasher door.
Over the last couple of months, you pretty much only get your pacifier to go down for naps or to bed, and oh my, your love for it has increased as your access to it has been restricted. When I hand it to you, your whole face just lights up. I'm guessing we'll get rid of the pacifier in the fall, once our summer traveling is done, but I am dreading the thought of doing so, not just because I fear the crying, but also because it just brings you so much joy.
I just had no idea that your happiness could bring me so much happiness.
You have lit up this past year for me. Thank you for being my baby.