Well, Mr. Carter, my Carterpillar, my angel-baby, I can’t believe it’s been a year since you came into our lives in a pool in our dining room! I’ll never forget that moment when I reached down and brought you out of the water to my chest. You came out talking, and kept going for a whole hour! You had lots to tell us already.
We had a rough start, with me suffering from a stroke a mere 6 days after you were born, and spending the first month of your life in the hospital. I was worried that you wouldn’t feel loved, but you had Daddy, Evan, and both sets of grandparents watching over you. And you took it all in stride and just spread your joy to whoever you came in contact with.
As you got older, your joyful and easy going personality started to come out more and more. You smiled and laughed easily and often. Anytime we took you out, you would make friends and make everyone smile and just light up a room wherever we went.
You’re cautious about learning new things, especially when it comes to big physical milestones, but once you get it, you get going! You’ve been standing for long periods of time for weeks now, and we just know once you take a first step, you’ll be off and running.
It’s hard to believe how far you’ve come and how much you’ve learned in the last 12 months. From basically just sleeping and eating to crawling, standing, climbing stairs and into chairs, and cruising around the furniture. You love eating, you hand us books to read, and your favourite thing in the whole world are balls of any size.
You LOVE to make people laugh – you get such joy from it! You and your brother are two peas in a pod, and you could spend hours just trying to make each other laugh and giggle. It’s so awesome watching your relationship grow. I think you’ll have TONS of fun growing up together.
We’ve been through a lot in the last year, and we have both thrived. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you and to see your personality come out more and more.
Happy 1st birthday!! We love you tons!