Last week, Riley turned one. My last baby is officially transitioning to toddlerhood and the crazy first year of life has somehow wrapped up. The night before her first birthday was a mess of emotions for me. There’s a lot of finality knowing she is our last baby and these are the last times we will experience all of the firsts. Motherhood is so so beautifully bittersweet and full of all of the feelings.
Riley has truly and fully become her own person. We can see who she is and will be as she continues to grow up. She loves being around people, but is very clingy to Josh and I. She won’t let us leave her anywhere or with anyone besides her favorite babysitter. Riley wants to be held all day, but also can’t sit still. Her brother and sister are favorites, as are all of our pets. If we are going to talk about favorites, then Josh tops that list. Every morning when he leaves for work she bawls her little eyes out and my heart breaks a little.
Riley loves to eat, but detests bananas, peas and chocolate. Favorite foods include meats, eggs, broccoli and veggie straws. She loves to wander under our kitchen table begging for food like a puppy and rarely will eat breakfast. We’ve finally found some baby toys that she enjoys. But she’s much more likely to play with random things around our house than anything actually meant for her.
Because of an amazing sleep consultant, Riley is sleeping through the night again and drinking milk like a champ! She’s still not a fan of the stroller, car seat or baby carrier, which can make things a little tough. But she has begun taking her first steps! It’s only a step or two here or there and we recently discovered that wearing shoes makes me her much more likely to walk. On Riley’s actual birthday, we took her to Nordstrom to buy her first shoes and she was in heaven. She settled on little gray Nike’s that she crawls around with begging for us to put on.
As a mom, writing this post doesn’t even do justice to all of the love and emotions I feel about this birthday and my sweet baby girl. I never knew how much I could love my children or need them in my life until I had them, and I am so thankful every single day for my three little people.
Thank you for letting me spew out all of my mama sappiness and get this all out to look back on each year.