Sunday, March 30, 2014

Twelve Months

One year ago today, we became brand new clueless parents and our lives were changed forever. Now twelve months later, we are slightly less brand new and slightly less clueless, and we have never been more exhausted, but we have also never felt fuller of love. Gracie is happy, LOUD, spirited, and hilarious. She is still obsessed with animals, dogs especially, and she is starting to develop a real love for books. It's not uncommon for me to find her in her room, paging through her books alone. Her favorite one has photos of 100 different animals, and she never seems to get tired of it. This month she survived a horrifying encounter with Shelob, but her momma seems to be the only one traumatized... :P She definitely gets car sick. (Sorry, baby.) She loves learning new things and being outside. She says "hi", "hey", "hot", and "duck". She signs "more", "please", and "dog". She likes to walk holding onto our hands. She has the the best dimpled cheeks and perfect gap-toothed grin and the most infectious laugh; it's impossible to be around her and not smile. She is the perfect answer to a thousand prayers, the hardest thing we've ever done, and the greatest blessing of our lives. We love you, Gracie Eliana. Happy birthday baby girl!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Eleven Months

So, eleven months is here eleven months too fast. Our firstborn will be a year old in four weeks! Gracie claps, signs "more", and waves at every human face she lays eyes on. She is best buds with her "uncle" Matthew, my parents' 10-month-old foster baby. She loves eating, bathtime, and dogs. Really she is fascinated by all animals; I think a zoo visit is in order for her first birthday. She is a sleeping champ: through the night about 90% of the time, and takes two consistent naps a day. Has crazy hair to there and just don't care. Can drink out of a cup basically unassisted. In January she threw up in the car for the first time, I'm pretty sure because she was carsick. Must have inherited my stupid motion sickness, poor girl. She's lightning on her hands and knees and pulls up on everything. Loves playing in our biggest houseplant, but surprisingly she doesn't really make much of a mess, just stands there cutely shaking dead leaves and bits of mulch around. Likes to eat off her tray like a dog and she can put away more food than I can in one sitting. Started saying "mama"! Holy cow we love this little Gracely bear.