I've started this post 5 times over, but I get about 3 sentences in and I don't like what I've written. The words I'm using just aren't rich enough. Not effective enough. Not powerful enough. They are words that fail to do justice to my feelings. I mean, how do you put into words the love you have for your child? And not just any child -- your baby -- your last baby on her 1st birthday? You can't. Well, at least I can't. I don't know how.
But what I do know is this:
Kaiah True, being your mother is THE thing my life was meant for. In your first year of life you have exceeded any and all expectations we ever had for you as our little caboose. You're like a drug (a good, very legal kind of drug!) to me. No matter the day, the weather, our schedule, or my mood, you make me happy. Pure, no-strings-attached happy. I know it sounds too good to be true, but you really are such a good, cute, smart, loving, beautiful baby. And I can't help but wonder, where did you come from again? Because even the best combinations of myself and your daddy can't logically produce such perfect offspring four times over (yes, I'm biased). But, as we know, God defies logic. And He gifted you to us.
I just hope you know how much you are loved, my little Kai Pie. You're the first thing your sisters and brother ask for in the morning and the last kiss they request at night. You're evidence of God-given tangible joy and our world is better because you are here. Thank you for gracing us with your presence for this bliss-filled wonderful year. It is with a joyful heart and grateful prayer that we celebrate this day with you.
I've written before and I'll write it again (most likely in 3 days, on your sisters birthday), but THANK YOU for choosing us...your dad and I will spend the rest of our lives trying to qualify for such an honor and a blessing.
We love you.
A few need to know facts about the birthday girl at 12 months old:
- She has 6 teeth -- 4 on the top and 2 on the bottom.
- Sleeps 8:00 pm to 8:00 am, with an infrequent short morning nap, and a longer (2-3 hour) nap in the afternoons.
- Still nursing 3-4 times a day.
- Drinks 2 sippy cups of whole milk during the day and eats 3 solid "real person" meals and 2 snacks.
- Crawling like a pro, standing alone for a few seconds at a time, appears disinterested in walking, but VERY interested in keeping up with her siblings.
- Doesn't like to be touched by E or C before she has nursed in the mornings.
- Waves "hi" and "bye."
- Says "hi" in the highest, sweetest voice when she sees herself in the mirror or in a picture.
- LOVES my parent's dog and J's parent's cat.
- Takes part in all wrestling sessions with the other kids and J.
- "Sings" when the radio is on or if her siblings are also singing.
- Enjoys swinging. being tickled, raisins, being chased, playing in the other kids' rooms, clapping, storytime at the library.
- Won't stay out from under my desk and makes it her mission to empty my cupboards.
- Shares a room with her biggest sissy.