Has a year ever gone so quickly? I really don't think so. I have a feeling I'll be saying this every year for the rest of my life...
Happy happy birthday to my favorite little one year old!
One year ago today I was holding my brand new teeny tiny baby girl. Natalie was and is a tiny child, but even she made this little newborn Claire seem impossibly small. I couldn't believe now tiny she was.
6 lbs. 5 ounces and 19 inches of adorableness.
She was perfect and amazing and spending the last year of my life taking care of her and watching her grow up has made me so incredibly happy.
She is such a loving little thing. She gives out kisses like it's her job, she is super cuddly and is in love with her big sister. And her dog.
She's talking a bit more. Just yesterday she said ''sit'' to my mom trying to get her to sit down on the sit 'n spin toy we got from a garage sale. So grandma obeyed and sat on there with her. It was pretty darn cute. She also says ball ''bah'', mama, dada, dexter ''dedter'', and I think she was saying ''bubble'' tonight in the bath tub.
She thinks it's perfectly acceptable to try to dive off of furniture every chance she gets. She is oblivious to the fact that it might not be such a great idea. Or she knows somebody will always catch her. Either way, I wish she'd change her mind about thinking this is a fun game.
She has 4 teeth and I'm sooo happy she finally got her top teeth to come in. Those gave her some troubles and made my life a little less enjoyable for a while. I'm ok with just 4 teeth for now because she's sooo happy at the moment :)
She is not as shy as she used to be so that's awesome. Last time my mom and sister's family were around she'd get very nervous about them and sometimes cry if they tried to hold her. But she really warmed up to them this time . We had her cousins stay at our house and I looked over to see her giving one of them a kiss this morning. So so precious.
We go to her one year appointment on Friday so we'll see how big/little she is. She has definitely grown since 9 months but it's hard to say how much. I think she's grown at least. She is still pretty itty bitty though. She's always been smaller than Natalie was even, which is kind of crazy.
She's just the best. She has been so much fun, and such an easy addition to our family. She's made having two kids as painless as possible so far :) I love her so much. Natalie is starting to really think of her as a little buddy now and not just a baby. I am obsessed with the fact that Natalie calls her Claire Bear along with her mommy and daddy. Natalie singing ''Happy birthday dear Claire Bear'' about killed me...
Claire loves to try to play with Natalie and wants to be by her all the time. Natalie really does put up with it very well most of the time, but they are fighting a little bit already. It always kind of cracks me up, but also makes me scared for the future. I know how sisters fight. It isn't pretty :) I believe I've been tied up and thrown out in the snow, stabbed in the face with a pen, attacked, kicked, punched... yeah. Good times.
But they are going to be best friends. I'll make them.
So happy birthday my little Claire bear! You are so precious and we love you so so so so so so much.
Comparison of the girls on their first birthday's:
Some of Claire's one year photos: