June 30, 2011

12 Months AKA One Year Old

Dear Emanuel,

Well, we did it little buddy. Here we are one year later. Twelve whole months under our belt...definitely some of the best months of my life. I never imagined this last year would look like it did, or for that matter go by so quickly. Truth be told, I am the latest I've ever been on your monthly posts since you're already 13 months as I'm writing this. I started this post when you were about 11 months because I wanted to have it ready on your one year birthday. Then life happened, and well, I just never got it finished. But here we are now, and I want to remember everything about you when you were 12 months old, so I'm playing catch-up. :)

-Your 12 month check-up was actually the day before you turned 13 months. You weighed 21 lbs, 3 oz, and were 29 inches tall. Your head measured a whopping 18 inches around! Full of brains, I think.
-I can't get enough of your chubby little feet. You definitely still have my ridiculously huge big toe, but you wear it much cuter than I do. I could kiss on your feet all day long...even though you have stinky toe jam now.

-The back of your mullet hair has started getting a few curls, which I absolutely l-o-v-e. I know it's well past time for you to get a haircut, but I just haven't done it yet. Probably very soon though, as the "party in the back" is starting to get a little crazy.
-You still love to use your pterodactyl yell, and sometimes you just laugh and laugh at yourself after squawking around. I would give anything to know what's going through your head when you're talking like that.
-You love balls. If you see a ball, you get so excited and start saying "Ba-Ba" or sometimes just "Ba". Playing catch is one of your favorite things to do...so much fun.

-And how could I forget to mention this?! You started walking this last month, not too long after you turned 11 months. It really took us by surprise when you did, and it's still crazy to see you walking around like such a big shot. 
-You love to look at books. Your favorite is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom that your cousin Hayden got you. You always pick that one off the bookshelf first then start throwing the rest of the books off at a rapid fire pace.
-I think that maybe, just maybe, you're starting to pout. I am not ready for this.
-You love music, and "Fix You" is still your favorite song and helps you calm down in the car.
-You are already working on your molars! I forgot what it's like to have you chewing on everything...it's been awhile since you've had new teeth. Everyone always comments on how many teeth you have...you love showing them off with your cheesy grin!
-When your daddy saw the monthly stickers for 13-24 arrive in the mail, he thought I was a little crazy. To which I said, no, I'm a lot crazy. :) But yes, we're going to do the monthly stickers another year. Daddy says if I'm going to keep doing this you have to wear shorts though, so I guess this is the last month we'll see your chubby little thighs.
-Climb, climb, climb! That's all you want to do these days. You are so proud of yourself when you climb into your rocking chair. Then you like to stand up, which makes mama nervous...and you just laugh. Such an adventurous little boy already!
-Your final monthly birthday gift from my friends in Waco was perfect! Swim trunks, swim diapers, and a floatie toy were the perfect way to kick off the summer and you've already gotten lots of use out of them. The monthly gifts were so fun and I'm a little sad they're over. Thank you guys again for making his first year birthdays so much fun!

Emanuel, being your mommy really is the best feeling in the world. My love for you grows every single day, and your Daddy and I have so much fun watching every little thing you do. I pray that this next year together is as blessed as the first...and I pray for lots of patience and wisdom for me as we enter the toddler years! :)

I love you baby boy. Happy Birthday! XOXO.

Love, Mommy


  1. Oh my gosh Sarah... I can't believe it has been a year! I remember crying happy tears when you announced your news.

  2. I love that song too! Manny's got excellent taste in music ;)
    Here's wishing you all a wonderful 2nd year!

  3. stinky toe jam made me laugh! :)
    hmmm 13-24 monthly stickers... would love to do them too, but the last 3 months have been a challenge and definitely takes 2 people. not sure if my hubs would be up for that ;) jacob loves chicka chicka boom boom. can read it to me word for word, so cute!! manny is such a cute little ham!!

  4. Such cute 12 month pictures! LOVE his taste in music! lol! Love those chubby little feet!

  5. Adorable photos to capture your not so little man!!! :)

  6. Wow, one year...unreal! Manny is such a doll!

  7. I love all of your pictures of Manny! He is such a handsome lil guy.
    I can't believe it's been a year. It's almost been a year for me, as well.
    I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry.

  8. How on earth can he be one already?? Such a big boy and sooo cute! And definitely keep those adorable curls around while you can! :)

  9. Awwww. I love these! So sweet.

  10. What a precious post! I am here from Jennas Challenge, your blog is super cute!

  11. He is adorable!! Happy 4th of July

  12. Visiting from Jenna's Journey! He is so cute! My daughter Livy is almost 10 months and she has tons of teeth too - just got her 8th. I'm hoping we get a break before the molars but we'll see! Have a great week!

  13. Stopping in from Jenna's blog...I've actually been a long time reader of your blog, just never commented. I figured now was a good time to "de-lurk", if you will. = ) I love seeing your cute little boy and all the neat crafty things you do! My little girl just turned 1, so I like to see what things Manny is up to that I can look forward to with her!

  14. Visiting from Jenna's blog and your trip to mine! :) Gorgeous baby boy! Absolutely gorgeous!

  15. Manny is the cutest!!! I will tell Hayd that Manny loves Chicka Chicka like he did. :)


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