Happy first birthday, sweetheart! We could not have imagined the joy God was gifting us with one year ago at your birth. You are such a dear, sweet girl, and we love you immensely. You are beautifully and wonderfully created by a God who loves you and who longs for you to know Him as well! We thank Him for you every day, Eva.
This month's most noticeable change for you has been the addition of teeth! You're up to three now, with more most definitely trying to pop out. Yet you still aren't so great at handling foods that need chewed much. Finger foods are fun, but you seem to most often prefer to be spoon fed - our little princess. You have begun to transition away from nursing and seem to have done really well with that change thus far. You are a great eater and are eating just about everything now. Your birthday strawberry cupcakes were a hit, though you were not so thrilled about the candle being blown out before you got it.
You are measuring around 76 cm in length (about 30 inches, 75th percentile) and weighing 9.8 kg (about 21.5 lbs, 60th percentile). You continue to prefer sitting and scooting to any other movements, and you can pick up quite a bit of speed when you have a goal in sight! You have become a huge cuddler. You always were, but at this age, the cuddles seem extra sweeter as you like to lean your head sweetly into our shoulders and hold onto us tightly with your arms and legs. We simply melt.
You love music, dancing, Lego Duplos, books, and items that are good for soothing your sore gums. Your favorite entertainment is definitely watching Nathanael playing and trying to join in on the fun while sharing in the giggles. You love swinging, riding the see-saw with Nathanael, playing in sand, and getting into parts of the house that you're not supposed to. :) And you are really getting good at imitating sounds and actions you observe. Blowing kisses is one of our favorites.
This past month, Grandpa and Grandma arrived for a visit, and although it took a bit of time, you are quite comfortable with them now and absolutely love having them around. We took a four-day train trip to Salzburg, and you were remarkable adapting to all of the activity. You loved taking naps attached to Mom (and she loved the cuddles), and once you settled the first night, you slept well in the hotel all three nights!
You are a charmer, often looking intensely at strangers, not cracking a smile, and then suddenly giving out one of your precious, twinkling smiles, complete with a little head tilt and sometimes a shy turning away. It is adorable. It has been called flirty. But at this age, we are simply delighting in the fact that you're feeling a bit more comfortable around people you don't know. That said, you still let the tears fall at times when you are a bit overwhelmed by new faces getting too close. At home, you are such an incredibly pleasant and content little girl, full of laughter and smiles and exploration.
Our dear sweet Eva-doll, we love you and celebrate you today. We delight in your life. Happy birthday!
your daddy and mommy
Evangeline Elif - 12 month old