Her birthday came and went with a little personal celebration but a standard procedure day. We have yet to have the family birthday party so I get to pretend she is still a not-yet-one baby for a couple more weeks. But, her growing personality and independence are telling me differently.
She pushes my hand away when I try to rub her back mid-play, she was NOT into being held for family photos when there was a boardwalk to explore, and she knows what and who she likes and doesn't and mostly sticks to her guns. But, when she shows that she would like me close by I eat it up: she plays happily by herself as long as I am sitting in the room, she leans in for the occasional kiss, needs my comfort when she falls, and needs my chest to sleep on when she is conquering a developmental milestone.
She also is a little goofball. She likes to make us laugh with silly noises and burping. When she tries something new she looks at both of us with a raised eyebrow like, "will THAT get a reaction!?" Usually if someone new comes over to the house, she is quiet at first but by the end of their visit she is hamming it up like crazy to get their attention.
In a year she has more than doubled in size, grown 5 teeth, and started walking part time. She chatters away and says mama, dada, and banana (though she calls pretty much all food banana so she is still working on meaning) and communicates what she wants or where she wants to go through pointing. She is pretty consistent when it comes to sleep, she likes food but she also makes it very clear when she is done with the food she doesn't like, and she is exploring and communicating more and more daily.
She is becoming a little kid, but she is still our little baby. We are so in love with who she is, and are loving watching how she is changing and growing. This first year with her, while filled with struggles of its own, has been overwhelmingly rich with love and joy!