Native Texan Livin': HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAGGIE!!!

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Friday, July 15, 2011


Maggie as soon as I walked into her room this morning!

To my sweet little Maggie Pie,

So, do you think I made it to a million kisses?  I always wondered how long it would take to give you literally 1 million kisses.  I'm sure we made it a few times over since I feel like I give you a million kisses a day!  I know it seems like an odd thing to wonder, but welcome to the wonder of me. ☺

Are you really 1 year old already?!?!  I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by.  I remember being pregnant with you & trying to enjoy every second...and I try to do the same now that you're here with us.

You are the sweetest little baby!  I just look at you & smile and then you give me the BIGGEST smile.  It's so big that you squint your eyes because your cheeks are shoved up from your big grin.  It makes me smile just thinking about your little grinning face while writing this.

I love feeding you in your rocking chair before naps/night time.  When you're done, you flip around & lay chest to chest with me & lay your head on my shoulder.  Then, we stand up by your crib & I hold you and rock you in my arms.  I stare down at you & think what a sweet moment it is....and then you start laughing.  You just start giggling & it's the sweetest thing.  It kills me to have to lay you down & break that moment, but I do it knowing it'll come again the next day....hopefully. 

Your favorite song I sing to you are "You are my sunshine" or "Good night sweetheart" from the movie 3 Men & a Baby. 

You love your baths.  Actually, you just love running water.  You sit at the faucet while I'm filling the tub & try to grab the water while it's coming out.  It's so cute, so sometimes I'll just leave it running during your whole bath.  ( Oops, don't tell daddy!  ;-) )

You LOVE your sissys.  If they're around, you want to be there.  If you hear them, you look for them.  If I say, "where's Izzy?," you start frantically moving your head around in search of them.  Bec & Izzy adore you too.  Yall are all very lucky to have each other & I hope you always keep that special bond only sisters can share.

Izzy loves to constantly scoop you up under your arms & tote you to where I am, or out of the hallway, or just out of "harms way" in general.  Bec is trying really hard to make you walk.  She actually got you steady enough yesterday that you took 3 steps towards her!  I was there when it happened, so now I can mark your first steps!

You seriously love your daddy!  If you see daddy outside through the window you scream/bellow, "da da da da!"  You will gladly jump out of my arms to get to him & you cry if he can't hold you.  If he happens to be shirtless when he's going to hold you, he has to put a shirt on since one of your favorite pasttimes is grabbing a handful of his hair & yanking!  I think you know what you're doing & I think you think it's hilarious. ☺

You still have no hair!  When do you suppose that'll come in?  You'll probably be like me & Bec....we didn't get any worth talking about until about 2 years old!

You only have 2 little teeth on the bottom front.  Also not too worried about those since you technically have more teeth than Izzy did at this age. (she only had the tips of her 2 bottoms)

Your laugh!  Oh, that laugh!  Sometimes it's a vibrating laugh, which I can't even fully explain. (very similar to Izzy's baby laugh)  Other times your laugh is so deep & hearty (if I'm tickling you) that I feel bad for tickling you.  :-)  So I stop for a bit...but then throw one last tickle in just to hear that laugh!  Sorry if I've traumatized you!  ;-)

You have a MASSIVE appetite.  I think you could eat all day if I let you.  Actually, most of us in this house like to snack all day (or as daddy says, we graze).  You'll eat pretty much whatever I put in front of you but you can't eat anything with apples.  Gives you major diaper rash!  Your favorites are mum-mum crackers for snacks and carrots, meat sticks & noodles for lunch/dinner.  Red sauce on pasta is still a bit acidic for you but normal chicken broth (clear stuff) is fine so far. 

I've been really lazy switching you over to cups.  Again, I hope this doesn't traumatize you later in life, but as history as shown, most kids are off the bottle by the time they go to Kindergarten, so we have some time.  ;-)

Your latest thing you like to do is yell at the top of your lungs.  Ma!  Ma!  Ma!  Still not sure if you're calling me or saying mine!  (I think you use the same word interchangeably for both.)  I thought I had a loud voice but we're all beginning to think yours is the loudest of all!  ....and that's really saying something!

You like to play peek-a-boo...or rather, you like when I do it.  You're surprised every time I reveal my face.  You say "uh-oh" when you knock something to the floor.   You wave & say "bye bye."  You clap your hands when we say "yeah/hooray" or when you hear music, and you bounce dance when you hear music you like.

This is all just a glimpse into the wonderful 1 year old you are.  I hope you've had as great a year with us as we've had with you.  You truly bring sunshine into our lives and you literally made our family complete.  I can't wait to make a million family memories...and knowing us, they'll all be funny ones we can go back & laugh at when yall get older.

Happy birthday sweet girl.  I hope you have a wonderful day filled with lots of cake & more hugs & kisses by all whoooo love you.  (←you're having an owl party...I couldn't resist!)

You're my favorite little 1 year old around!

I love you with my whole heart,
your mommy

p.s. The mama bird we've been watching in our window the last few weeks finally had her babies yesterday.  I thought it was kind of fitting for them to be born right before your birthday. ☺

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