Yes, Eva baby girl, today is indeed your day, it's your very first birthday!
It's hard to imagine that just a year ago, you lived inside of me and we were still attached by a cord. Next thing we knew, you popped out of me (well, it was slightly more complicated than that) and there you were. Our very own newborn baby, all swaddled and precious and fragile...
From that helpless little blob who can barely latch on to nurse to that toddler who ate bananas, cookies, chicken nuggets and french fries for her first birthday (only on birthdays, mind you), you amaze and surprise us every day by the new things you do...
You smiled for the first time the day you turned 4 weeks old:
You sat by yourself for the first time when we were on our Redwood Park/ Oregon road trip (supported by your bff Hoo Hoo):
You thoroughly enjoyed dressing up (well, I guess I should say "we thoroughly enjoyed dressing you up") as the pharaoh with Bryson as your sphinx during your first Halloween (what good sport!):
You squealed so loud the whole town probably heard you the first time we put you in a swing (ok, this pix was not from the first time, we cheated, but you always have this biggest smile plastered on your face when you're in a swing):
The first time you pulled yourself up to standing in your crib, caught on spy camera baby monitor:
The first time you fed yourself (you looked so proud of the mess you made):
The first time you swam, it was in our hotel pool in Phoenix, you were hesitant at first, but you really got into it after the first 5 minutes clenching onto your daddy, here's a pix of you sun-tanning afterwards (I love you in this little bucket hat):
Your first time visiting Disney in Orlando- you surprised us a few days before we left on this trip by all of a sudden mastering that trademark one-legged crawl- which you used to your full advantage exploring our one-bedroom suite in Orlando.
And here you are, just before your first birthday, learning to push your radio flyer wagon and doing laps up and down the hallway outside. Everyone tells us you'll be walking in no time.
Even as I type this post and look back at all these milestones you've achieved in one short year, I'm in awe. I'm already looking forward to writing another recap a year from now and think about all the fun things you're going to do this coming year. I'm so proud to be your mom, baby girl. Sweet dreams, tomorrow your toddlerhood adventure begins.