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On your actual birthday we were moved into our new house.  We thought you deserved a celebration on the actual day so you got a leftover cupcake while we ate our dinner.  By now you knew what cake was and you quickly slurped the whipped cream frosting from your fingers and turned the cake into a million crumbly bits ... some of which went into your mouth.     (The older you get, the more you become just YOU and I no longer see your dad in those eyes or in that head shape or m...

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We celebrated your first birthday two days early on a sunny Saturday.  We had 38 adults, kids and babies running around the backyard.  I loved that people who have just recently come into your life were 100% excited to celebrate with you.  You were passed around from person to person, so much that we barely saw you during your party!  You loved just running in between all the kids and balls and other games going on.     When it came time for cake and singing, the ca...

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You know how there's Manic Monday?  Well, what most people don't know is that it's often preceded by Mullet Sunday:         Hey you!  Quit laughing at me.  Take it easy.  I just got up from a hard, hard nap and now my parents are trying to shove oatmeal down my gullet.       You're still laughing?  Yeah, well, some people just don't know how to appreciate Elvis sideburns for what they are: awesome.       I mean seriously,...

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Uh oh.  You've learned how to pull knobs and open cabinets and drawers.  We let you play in this cabinet, even though we should probably discourage you from playing in any cabinet, because everything in it is plastic.  But boy do you get in trouble when you start trying to pull glass pans out of the next cabinet!         2 comments...

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Yesterday you and I practiced walking between me and your bed.  Then after supper I was hanging up your diapers and I heard little, bitty, clomping footsteps and you walked straight through the hallway and past me to your daddy in the kitchen.  It's as if you finally realized that you CAN walk and you don't have to lunge yourself at someone after 3 or 4 steps.  Since then you've just taken off and your confidence is growing.     In this second video you don't walk as lon...

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Kiddo,   Let's start with a fact.  You've got a great dad.   After working with you for a week on your ball kicking skills, he decided it was time to work on another skill area:  your rhythm.  Out came a pot, out came a spoon and you started your first drum lesson.       A raging success, I'd say.  You were moving so quickly that my camera couldn't capture you fast enough as you tried to balance, hold a spoon and bang all at the same time.   &nbs...

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Uh oh ... this looks like trouble.     Oh good. The camera caught his attention instead.   Add new comment...

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                              See ya when I turn ONE! 4 comments...

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In January I started back to work and while we remembered to mark this momentous occasion with a photo, I forgot to post it until now.       You were far more interested in the taste of my necklace than the milestone of your mom leaving you for 8 hours.       And here you are with Ligia, your first nanny. 2 comments...

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I was thinking yesterday how often I blogged about you in those first months, capturing our daily outings and your smallest development.  I've certainly not done quite as well with that your these last 6 months as I did the first.  Now we mostly make sure to capture as many photo memories as possible for your grandparents far away.   But now you are eleven months old!  That means it is time to plan your birthday party!  Let's see.  Tonight you took 11 steps to me. &...

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