It's Samuel's first birthday! I remember thinking about this day and wondering what my son would be like. I never could've predicted this kid.
So let me tell Samuel, and you all, what he has accomplished these last four months. (you can read about 0-6 months here)
Well, child of mine, at seven months old you were crawling and you really didn't stop there. You went from crawling, to standing while holding on, to standing on your own(8.5mos), to cruising round the furniture, to taking your first step (9mos), and by the time you were ten months old you were walking like a champ. I haven't been able to sit still unless you're asleep!
I've learned that you are a very determined, active, and independent kid. I know you don't want to sit still, but could you just let mommy change your diaper without trying to run away--especially when you have poop on your bottom!? And even though you spend your days walking, and now climbing, you still manage to need momma to hold you when you cry, when you're tired, when you want to nurse, or when you're just missing me, and those moments make my heart so happy.
Besides your crazy mobility, around eleven months you also decided you only need one nap. BECAUSE THERE'S TOO MUCH TO SEE. I tried for many weeks to get you to take two but you just wouldn't have it (see, I REALLY don't sit still much) You're sleeping with us most nights, and seeing your goobery sleepy-smiley face first thing every morning has definitely been a highlight of this year (although you'll be moving to your crib pretty soon, sorry bud)
I call you Samuel, Sammie, Hammie, Ham-sandwich, and Bud most often. You call me momma and everything else is dada. You're putting together different sounds, mimicking us, and we can't wait for you to say your "first word"
You now put your blocks back in the bucket and daddy taught you how to high-five (which is very cute) You love to eat, you love pasta and blueberries most. You have six teeth! Your laugh is my favorite sound in the world and luckily you are easily amused.
You've kept me very busy these past four months and there's no sign of you slowing down so I'm just learning to keep up. You're like a lion; bold, fearless, and strong. Your big personality is really coming through now and I know these toddler years are going to be, at the very least, an amazing adventure. Mommy loves you, daddy loves you, you are loved.
Here's your complete timeline from birth until now! Just look at that ten month photo and then eleven month photo- WHAT?!