November 16, 2012
Today is the one-year mark for Mara! No longer bogged down by the conventional label of baby (as she’s been working really hard at masquerading as a big kid for some time!) Mara is now officially a toddler. I couldn’t decide if I should post a timeline of pictures that tracked her growth from newborn to 1 year, but I’ve captured so much of her silly personality on camera the past month, I can’t help sharing these pictures and some developmental stuff instead.
Mara’s current favorite words: da-da, mmmMMM!, poop, uh-oh, and hey guys (more like “hey-dies!”). Lately, she’s taken to bending over to peer between her legs to view everything upside down. I love how she does this randomly, as well as how she laughs at inopportune moments like Doctor Hibbert on The Simpsons. The boys can get really offended by this. “Mooomm! Mara’s laughing at meeee!” Speaking of the boys getting offended, Mara loves to sneak up behind us, lift up our shirts, and tickle our backs. There is a direct correlation between the size of one’s reaction and the frequency she does this, which explains why she targets the boys most often.
Some of Mara’s oldie but goodies include dancing, stomping her feet, snuggling and squealing with her stuffed animals and blankets (in all my years of parenting, I’ve never seen so much snuggling), throwing her head back and sighing “Ehhhhhh!”, kissing us, playing peek-a-boo, and head-bonking us. I’m sure I’ve missed plenty of other things, but in a nutshell this is the delightful stuff that makes up Mara, and we feel so lucky to have her in our family. Happy birthday to our little girl!
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