Sweet Caroline is one today. Ok. I totally didn't think this would happen but as I type this I'm tearing up. Ugh. I'm such a girl.
Let's see where we were this time last year...
Around 2am I couldn’t stay in bed any longer and told Jason it was time to get up and get ready to head to the hospital. We’d decided, since we were 40 minutes from the hospital, that we’d head in as soon as we were “sure” and labor there. Our hospital is very natural birth friendly so we weren’t concerned with having any unnecessary interventions pushed on us once we were “on the clock” at the hospital. Poor Jason, he was very concerned about my water breaking before we arrived since my labor progressed so quickly once my water broke with Jack. He kept telling me “after this contraction, we HAVE TO GO!” Mom stayed at home with Jack till our friend, Erin, could get there to be with him. Then she left for the hospital. Jason took full advantage of the “my wife is in labor” card and drove as fast as he could, only slowing at stoplights and stopping when he HAD to.
So, here we are, one year later, and the littlest Maurice is growing so fast. She loves to talk and "read" books. She just opens them up and babbles and giggles while she looks at the pictures. Caroline can say... hi, bye bye, Jack, Dada, Mama, and makes tons of lovely baby noises. She waves all the time and gets a kick out of Peek-a-boo. She's taken her first step and is walking while holding the hand of anyone who will walk around with her. Recently, it's been her preferred mode of getting around and she'll scream if you don't fulfill her desire to stroll around the house. She's pretty easy and laid back but she does have a dramatic streak in her and is developing a little attitude. She's got this gleam in her eye that we most often see at the dinner table when she's done eating - one look at Mama or Daddy and whatever is in her hand is launched to the floor with great glee. Stinker. Caroline loves to sleep and snuggle with anything soft. She LOVES to be held. She greatly prefers being "worn" when we go to the store than sitting in the cart and will protest after a few minutes of cart-riding. Her current favorite foods are cheese (any and all types), peas and carrots, green beans, bread, Pirate's Booty, any cracker, corn, and raisins. She's not too into fruit right now which is strange to me but I'm sure she'll come around - she ate some fresh blueberries this morning and that was a victory!
I can't believe a year has passed since we got our first glimpse of your beautiful face. Smelled your sweet head. Nuzzled your wrinkly neck. This past year has brought so much joy to all of us and we're so thankful that you're here. You were the best surprise the Lord has given us. You are truly "fearfully and wonderfully made". We love you so much and look forward to the future with you, our sweet Care-care.