What a beautiful first birthday weekend you had! God blessed us with amazing weather, which felt more like summer than spring. You had no idea, of course, what the day meant, but you definitely enjoyed the excitement it delivered!
You enjoyed lots of swing time and a few walks in the sunshine with Nana. Then on Saturday, Daddy and I took you to a big park in your brand new toddler car seat, your present from Nana and Papa!
But Sunday was the big party day for you, with all your nearby family. You looked like a ballerina princess in your party dress!
You were perfectly content to play outside with your cousins, especially in your new little red car!
Also, you were pretty obsessed with the visiting dogs, and said “arf!!” every time they came near.
As soon as we set out your birthday cupcakes, you were clamoring for the sweet stuff. You almost blew the candle out yourself, but Dad helped a little.
Nathaniel helped you open all your fun gifts: clothes, puzzles, magnets, baby doll pacifiers, and some tiny prayer books.
What an adventure your first year of life has been! You’ve become such an independent, strong little girl. Daddy and I are so happy that you are finally a good sleeper! You want to walk all over the place and do things yourself. You love being outside, listening to the birds chirp, as you “chirp” right back, and you get super excited about seeing all kinds of animals, especially dogs. You can understand so much of what we say to you, which is amazing to see, and you like to bring us books to read you, pick out your own clothes from the drawer every day, and communicate with us in many ways (squealing, pointing, waving and saying “buh-bye”, babbling in your own language, and signing more, all done, milk, and water). You also like to find pictures and statues of Jesus and say “Ches” (which also means cheese to you, but we know when you mean what!). You are the sweetest little love bug, frequently giving us unsolicited hugs and love, by laying your little head on our legs, shoulders, face, or whatever you can reach, and saying “awww” in a sweet voice.
We are the luckiest to be your parents and can’t imagine life without you, even if it meant more sleep. We can’t wait to see what your next year of life brings, especially as you become a big sister. We love you, Luce!