Dear Elliott,

You are one year old today!  As usual, the time has flown by and you are growing by the minute.  On Saturday, you had your first birthday party!  It was a lot of fun and you got to celebrate with neighbors, family and friends.  We choose a robot theme, similar to the theme in your room of spaceships and robots.  Daddy is already planning a spaceship theme for next year.  Today, to celebrate your birthday, we are going to take a family trip to the Ft. Worth Zoo.  This will be your second zoo experience since we went to the Dallas Zoo for Laurel’s birthday last year.  You were only 2 months old though, so it was not as exciting for you.  At one year old, here are some things you enjoy

  • Making “music” by banging things together- instruments, pots, toys, water bottles, whatever
  • Chasing after Laurel or “getting into trouble” with her.  You find her hilarious and laugh so much when she does silly things
  • Scooting all around on your bottom.  You have decided this is easier than walking for the time being, although you continue to pull up more and more each day
  • Being outside.  The fresh air always seems to calm you down, so you enjoy stroller rides, sitting on the rocking chairs, or just hanging around outside.
  • Grabbing for remotes, cell phones, or gadgets of any type and then getting really upset when someone takes it away
  • Throwing toys or dumping things out
  • Eating Mum Mums and trying new food
  • Waking up in the middle of the night!  I am hoping this will stop soon.  I think the sleep training will start next week so we can get you on a better routine

Well, I need to get some rest so I can have some energy to help you celebrate tomorrow.

Love you always! 🙂




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