Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dear Cody... You're ONE!


Baby Cody-Bear, one in a flash. Your eyes, your smile, your lucious lips, your happy giggle. You are such a wonderful baby. We could not love you more!

I can't believe it's been 365 days since I met you for the first time. I was completely blown away by you in every way and so happy to hold you for the first time. You filled my heart in places I didn't know existed and have brought so much joy to our lives since that day.

So many times a day I look at you and wish so badly that I could freeze time. You are the cutest little baby. You are easy going, content, and you go with the flow so well. A few times, especially in recent days, you and I have locked eyes and you will actually sit still and stare into mine for several seconds. It's like I am learning about your little soul. I can feel your love.

You are still nursing like a little champ, I am not sure we will be stopping any time soon. It's our special time together. You are also a great little eater and love feeding yourself. You do eat the pureed packs of fruit and veggies, but you also love to eat cut up bananas, strawberries, oranges, apples, pears, and anything we are eating. So far, you aren't too picky, and I am taking advantage of expanding your little palette!

You are not the best sleeper, which is hard sometimes, but I do enjoy getting snuggles in the middle of the night. On a typical night, you are up at least twice. Occasionally, you have been in spurts where you will sleep for 7 or 8 hours straight... but we usually end up at the 3 hour blocks. I know eventually you will sleep through the night, so I am not worried. For now, I am just letting you be my baby.

You still only have 4 big teeth, but I can see some other ones trying to pop through. I am sure it's not comfortable, but you still don't complain much. You are getting really fast at crawling and are extremely active. Your new trick is climbing and opening all of the cabinets in the house. You can stand on your own for long stretches, but you don't seem super interested in walking just yet.

You are wearing 12-18 month clothes now and size 4 diapers. You are doing better at wearing pants, but I still mostly put you in one piece outfits because it tends to bother your tummy to have something tight around it. You look so cute with your little moccasins on and I am trying to put them on you as much as possible when we are out and about so I can get you used to wearing shoes.

You really love watching your brother and sister play and are now in the mix with them. You love toys with wheels (you love to spin the wheels) and cars, tractors, balls, and all of the play kitchen food. You are so cute when you go over to the cabinets in the playroom and help yourself to the toys. I love watching you play, I can tell you are thinking about what you're playing with and exploring everything. You are a sponge.

You still raise your arms up in the air when we ask you how big you are and respond with "soo big!". You are saying mama and dada, and several other sounds as well. You have the most ridiculously adorable laugh. It's big and loud and nobody can hold it together when you laugh. It's the cutest thing ever!

I can't believe what a happy baby you are. You are so content, even when we are constantly on the go picking up your older two siblings for practice and school. You ride in the car well, sit in the stroller, and will play on the blanket with snacks. You are getting more interested in exploring, so the end of soccer practice was a little tricky, but you did great.

You have the most beautiful blue eyes. You have scrumptious chubby cheeks and darling blonde hair. Daddy gave you your first hair cut this month and you did well with it. It made you look older, I knew that was going to happen.

This month we celebrated your first halloween. You were baby jack jack (and the cutest one at that!). We celebrated at Auntie Juju and Uncle Matt's house with your cousins, Sadie and Stella. You were a trooper out trick or treating in your little car. I am so excited for the holidays with you this year. They won't be your first - but you are going to love seeing all of the lights.

Cody, you bring an immense about of JOY to our lives. And LOVE. So much love. I wake up every single morning excited to see your face, and hold your little body, and smell your little neck. Your daddy and I are already so proud of you and we feel so blessed to have you every single day.

I hope not a day of your life goes by where you don't feel my love. You are a light of my life and absolutely, hands down, one of my greatest adventures. I love you so much. Forever and ever!

Your mama

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