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Happy 1st Birthday, Rhys!

Dear Rhys Michael,

Baby boy, I cannot fathom that you are already one year old. It is hard for me to even write words to describe the joy and love I feel for you right now, today. This past year has been one of the hardest, most stressful years of my life. However, it has also been the happiest, most peaceful year of my life. You are absolutely perfect and everything I could have imagined. Although I have helped you learn many things in this short year, you have already helped teach me many things. I am working on not letting my motherhood paranoia instinct get control of me, but I am thankful for it because I feel that it binds us together. I realize more and more everyday how important it is to smile and remind myself to be patient. My mothering philosophy has changed numerous times throughout the year, but that is because I want to do what is best for you.

There is nothing I wouldn’t do for you, Rhys. I want to give you the world. I want you to explore, as you do. I feel that exploration, curiosity, and imagination are the most important traits to have to be successful in life, and I can already see them burgeoning in your small body. Your bright blue eyes take everything in. The turning cogs in your mind are very visible. I cannot believe how brilliantly smart you are and how you quickly you catch on to things. I love watching you learn and grow.

You have become quite the perfect mixture of rowdy boy and gentle son. One minute you’d be crawling up the couch and trying to tackle me, and the next, you’re giving me kisses and cuddling your stuffed animals. I can’t wait to begin teaching you (starting today) about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel. You are already showing true love, and I want to guide you down that straight and narrow path.

Rhys, you are such a handsome boy. You have so much of your father in you, and that makes me love you even more. Your father is the love of my life, my soul mate, and knowing that you are his, makes me admire him even more. You have the same facial expressions in him, and that makes me hope you will become like him. I love seeing how happy you are in the mornings when you get to see Daddy before he goes to work, and how excited you get when he comes home, running to go hug him.

You are the apple of my eye. Lehi, a prophet from the Book of Mormon said that “Men are, that they might have joy.” You are my joy. I love you so much, Rhys Michael.

Love,
Momma

Weight: 20.4 pounds
Height: 29.5 inches

Eating and Teething
You have 4 bottles of 5-7 ounces and eat 3 meals plus a snack every day. For the most part, you eat table food, but sometimes, we supplement with babyfood if we’re on the run, or you spit out the table food. You love it when Momma puts some food on a fork and then you put it in your mouth, and when Momma helps you use the utensils yourself.

Your favorite foods:
– strawberries
– cheese
– Kix
– chicken
– peas
– mandarin oranges

You have 4 teeth: two top front and two bottom front. You’ve been acting like you are on another bout of teething, but we can’t feel or see any evidence.

Sleeping
If you wake up between 4-6 AM, we’ll let you try to self-soothe for 15-20 minutes, and if you don’t, we’ll give you a full bottle in your crib and you’ll drink most of it before falling back asleep. We don’t let you out of your crib until 6:30 AM, and you are typically pretty good with that, although Momma prefers it if you sleep until at least 7 AM, which you do about half the time. You take 2 solid naps, although in the past month, you have had three 3-hour naps! In addition, you’ve skipped at least one nap about 2-4 times. We put you to at about 7:30 with very minimal rocking. Sometimes, you’ll have to sooth yourself to sleep for about 15-20 minutes, but you always turn on your music machine to help you. You sleep through the night.

Relationship and Socializing
You love cuddling, chasing, wrestling, and playing with Momma and Daddy. You love seeing Daddy in the morning, and run to him when he gets home from work. You have started being a little too aggressively friendly with your friends at church, as well as other toddlers you meet. You want to play with them so badly, that you’ll grab their shirts or hair, and try to tackle them. Most kids don’t like this. We’re trying to teach you not only to be soft to animals, but other kids as well. As for other adults, or big groups, you are a little shy in the beginning (like Momma), but after a while, you’ll be jabbering with everyone.

Milestones:
Talking and Communicating
You can say, “hi,” “nana” (food, but specifically banana), “nom nom” (yummy). You also have a very specific whiny grunt that means, “help”. You can point (for the most part). You understand most of what we are saying or asking, and about half the time, you do as we ask. You also have a very specific, loud squeal when you are excited and wanting to play hard or wrestle. Another very specific, but softer squeal is for when you have your stuffed animals and you cuddle them. “Dadadada” is your favorite sound to make.

Mobility
You are just about running now and love chasing things. You realize when there is a step, or ledge, you need to stop, get down, turn around, and go down backwards. You also like to take “big steps” down or up with Momma or Daddy’s help.

Playing and Problem Solving
You prefer to play with Momma and Daddy’s toys than your own: our waterbottles, video game controllers, brooms and swiffers, measuring tapes, bike pumps, the stroller, the bikes, cell phones, etc. Throwing balls and then chasing them is one of your favorite past times, as is playing peekaboo/hide and seek. You understand our different routines for meal times (you know we wash your hands and face, then you help sweep the floor), that bottles mean nap or bedtime, that when Momma gets our shoes, it’s time to go outside. You love trying to figure out how to put different toys in different shaped containers, and trying your hardest to climb or reach or get to places you shouldn’t be, this includes trying to get past barriers like the baby gate or throwing toys to these places as an excuse to go get them.

Personality:
Daddy jokes that you have two modes: “GO GO GO” and “sleep”. It’s pretty true. You are a very active boy, and I love it, even if it does drain me! You are also very demanding (when it comes to help, or sometimes, food) and opinionated.

Likes:
– playing with balls and cars
– going outside and running around
– reading books
– Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
– pushing the stroller or grocery cart
– wrestling

Dislikes:
– bedtime
– staying still
– being restrained, especially in your car seat. We are going to get you a front facing one and see if that improves your mood in the car.

We love you baby boy…er…I mean, toddler boy!

 

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.