she woke in the morning and we did our usual: cuddle in my bed while she has a bottle and ends with coo's, nose grabs, and peek-a-boo's. i was feeling extra sentimental. remembering back to 1 year ago when they placed her in my arms. i can envision her face SO vividly. it's one of the clearest images i have in my memory. but i also remember feeling not so at ease. we weren't quite celebrating yet. with her month early arrival and somewhat tiny status, i sensed there might be a few challenges ahead. and there were.
that said, yesterday's bottle commenced with a nose grab and a squeal to get down off the bed to go knock everything off my night stand. and she did. it's important to remember the challenging, gut-wrenching days in the NICU at the beginning, they made us all much stronger. but it's even better to embrace the health, laughter, and beauty of now. her spunk, her sassiness, her love.
with b in china, we committed it to being a girls' day celebrating our big 1 year old. we sang to her before breakfast. we sang to her at lunch. we sang to her at dinner. and in between we went to millennium park, had lunch with friends, napped, and played with her wooden Melissa & Doug cupcakes. (the real ones need to wait for daddy's return. strict order.)
savvy, you bring so much joy. you are curious and active and very determined. you love watching your sister and trying the big kid stuff she is doing. fearless & confident, indeed. you prefer your mama over anything or anyone else and as your mama, ain't nothing wrong with that. you currently enjoy putting on other people's shoes, eating bagels, knocking down anything that is standing up, walking around, dancing to fresh beat band, and standing up in the bath (no matter how many times i sit you back down). you are not only a handful, but 2 hands full. you light up the room with your smile, big eyes, and ridiculously cute eyebrow dimples. didn't even know those were a thing. thanks for being you, savvy girl and helping me be a better me.