Layla turned one! The year really flew by – it’s hard to believe it was already a year ago that she was born. We had a nice party for her, and it got to be on her actual birthday since it happened to be on a Saturday. We had all her local family here – grandmas, grandpas, great-grandpa, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Even a special guest from London, Nanny, was here to celebrate! We also had our neighbors over. We had great weather so we were able to be comfortably outside for most of the party (which was noteworthy because of all the rain we have had, and it did rain when the party was over). Layla got some fun presents including a few dolls which she gets excited over and likes to kiss, and plenty of food-related gifts to go with her big present from Mommy and Daddy of a play kitchen. It has been fun watching her and big brother play with that. Hayden has been good about the fact that the new toys are her presents and trying to get her to play with them when he wants play so they are sharing.
It’s been a great year. Layla is a really sweet baby. She has never been much of a crier. We know something really is wrong when we hear her cry. She is getting more and more communicative. She still only says Mama, but she jabbers a lot and seems to really be wanting to be heard when she does that. The other day it was so funny because John came home and she just started jabbering so loudly! She seemed very excited to be seeing him and had all sorts of things to tell him! I am pretty sure she won’t crawl. She’s got her scooting down pat and she can get everywhere that way, so why make the lateral move to crawling? She pulls herself up onto her knees, but hasn’t worked up to a standing position yet. We are working on that with her. She loves the animals. She will often be seen leaning over to give the dogs or cat kisses. She has six teeth now; two on the bottom and four up top. She is a great eater. I call her my bottomless pit at least once a day. Before she goes to sleep I will stand by her crib and bounce her a little, and she will lay her head on my shoulder and it melts my bones. She is a very special little person; I couldn’t be happier!