All right.. insert clip of Britney Spears "Oops I Did It Again.." Because it's once again been a month since I blogged. I'm so bad at this now. It's unreal.
But regardless of whether I blog it or not, time is flying and my little ray of sunshine is growing up! Best moments this month include watching Charlotte take her first steps on July 18, just days shy of her 1st birthday! It was such a sweet moment because Ethan and I were both able to watch it happen! With both of us working, I was afraid we'd miss so many "firsts," but God was good to us and we've been able to be there for every first! I don't have the "official" first steps on video, but I have the ones taken shortly after and I so so cherish that video. It shows her genuine excitement and a proud Daddy watching his baby girl accomplish just one more thing on her list.
Charlotte loves giving hugs and big open-mouthed kisses. Books are her favorite thing in the world and my favorite thing in the world is when she grabs a book, drags it over to me and plops herself in my lap to read it. I had a moment recently where we happened to be sitting in view of my full-length mirror in my room. She was sitting in my lap, book in hers and she fit so perfectly. It made me tear up because one day she'll outgrow my lap. Moments like that make me savor and cherish little ordinary day moments even more.
Charlotte's communication with us is quickly becoming her own! She crinkles her nose when she smiles big about something she's happy about. She squeals and points very excitedly when she sees something she wants and she "signs" her version of "more" when she's eating. It's evolved from the traditional sign for "more" to now just pointing her fingers to her mouth, but it's her version and that makes me love it.
She got her first busted lip this past month, which totally broke my heart. She slipped on her walker toy and I swear life went into slow motion watching her fall and look up with tear-filled eyes and a bloody lip. Nothing a couple hundred kisses and an ice cube couldn't fix.
You love playing with your animal magnets at Grandma's house. And when you're feeling extra smart you can point out the kitty, puppy, and monkey one. But the one time I call your Dad over to watch, you acted like you've never heard of those things. Sigh.. you stubborn girl!
You're still our Char, Stinker, Pretty Girl, and Boogie.
Charlotte Reese, I was just telling your Daddy the other night that you're the best thing to ever happen to us. Thanks for making us a family, Little Girl. The first year may be over, but we've got so much more to look forward to!