Wow, a year already… It seems like time flies by faster with each moment, I am almost afraid to sleep, worried that tomorrow Natalie will be 18 and moving out of the house. She amazes me and humbles me in so many ways! Tonight, we were having dinner with some friends she hadn’t met before and she was so in love with them! Of course, they were in love with her, too, but it was amazing to see how she can tell which people are good souls and which ones aren’t. There have been people she has met along the way who she wants nothing to do with, while others are her favorite people instantly!
She walks like a mad-woman now, scurrying along past tables, chairs, the dog… she knows how to go up and down a single stair (since we only have one in our house…) and when she falls down, she knows to pick herself back up and walk some more!
Today, when I left the house, my darling girl gave me puckered kisses and said “bah bah” as I walked out the door. It broke my heart with joy to hear her as she learns to talk. I swear, the other day she even said “I love you” She knows what she wants and how to get it now, even knows how to pull off her pajama bottoms so we can change her diaper! She is a clever little monkey and climbs on EVERYTHING!!! I think we will have to put locks on the top cabinets, she will be able to reach them magically soon enough!
I love you so much, my sweet Natalie Rose… I hope that every birthday is as special as this first one was – and that every year brings more joy to your life as you have already done for us!