You made it! One year! In just a year you’ve gone from the tiny baby we brought home to our apartment to a full-fledged member of the family.
In the last year, you’ve met all of the physical milestones you’d expect. You rolled, then crawled, and now you cruise. You’re not quite ready to walk yet, but you speed crawl all over the place, and you’re a master of going up stairs. You had your first bottle, then your first baby food, and now you feed yourself anything and everything. You are never happier than when you’re eating and it has made you a big, healthy boy.
More impressive than watching you physically grow has been watching your personality emerge. It’s just amazing to me that a year ago you were a complete stranger, and now we are getting to know you so well. You are a mischevious little boy sometimes! You love catching our eye, speeding toward something you aren’t supposed to have, then giggling as we tell you no. Then your face falls in the cutest way as you realize that we really mean it. You love playing peekaboo with curtains, pulling shoes out of the shoe bench, and playing with your favorite toys (usually whatever Elliot was just playing with). You still can’t get enough of rubbing your face into anything soft. You say Mama and Dada sometimes, and you can say sign or say “mamama” for more food. You clap and wave bye bye. When your daddy comes home, you crawl as fast as you can over to the door to greet him. And now, best of all, you sleep!
Benny, you have an amazing giggle, and a great toothy grin. Almost every day either your daddy or I remark that you have just turned out so great. It wasn’t always an easy year, but it was absolutely worth it. What did we ever do without you?
We love you Benny. Happy Birthday!
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