One year with our Margaux Jane. It went as fast as they said it would but I still remember the days and weeks that felt like slow motion.
From birth, Margaux was alert and observant and those traits have only blossomed over this past year. She is fiercely independent and carefully curious. She is silly and determined. She has always known what she likes and does not like. She is everything we ever dreamed of and more.
I can remember when Margaux was two weeks old, I was so emotional and weepy (already) over how fast it was going and I just wanted time to slow down. I remember wanting to bottle up this hazy, sleepy, slow newborn life just the three of us so much. I wanted time to stop. I had no, no idea how much better it would all get with time.
She’s had a connection with her Dad from birth that has been one of my favorite things to experience this year. Dada’s shoulder is still her favorite place to be.
Margaux’s mischievous and silly personality started to show around three months old. She would lick her onesies as they went over her head, was constantly playing with her toes and her infamous love for beer glasses started around this time. Her favorite book was the Hungry Caterpillar and we took her on her first trip to Saint Thomas.
She got her first tooth in July at 7 months and thus began the toughest part for all of us. She got six teeth in 8 weeks and it WAS BRUUTAL. We got through it though, with lots of Motrin, sleeping in our bed to soft music, frozen chew rings and nursing more than the newborn phase. We got her insanely cute toothy grin out of it though which for the joy it gives me to see it I guess it was worth it. Also, it was around this time that she started pointing to ask for what she wants.
Every phase of this year has been wonderful but 9-12 months old has been my favorite. Watching her interact and explore the world has been mind blowingly joyful. I just didn’t even know moments could be filled with SO much light and happiness. She can’t say words yet, but I feel like we have conversations. She still sings and chirps when she wakes up in the morning. I love that she is a morning girl (like me). She loves music and we have dance parties in the living room. She loves meeting new people and has yet to have stranger danger. Our girl is an explorer at heart for sure.