My sweet Avery girl,
I can't believe you're already a year old!! A year ago today, I was laying in my hospital bed wondering how I could ever love anything more than I loved you at that moment. I'd known you less than 24 hours, yet you were completely perfect and I knew that I had been put on this world to be your mommy. Over the last year, I've watched you grow and learn. I've watched you develop a personality (and an attitude!). It's so funny to watch you learn something new...you're so proud of yourself whenever you finally master it and you look over at your daddy and me to make sure we're watching you. You're so smart (doesn't every mother say that??). You bring joy to everyone around you--your personality is contagious! Your entire family loves you beyond words and spoils you to no end....all you have to do is point and grunt and people go running to get you whatever you want! It's been a joy to watch you learn different stages---rolling over, crawling and now walking!! To watch you learn new words and phrases (your favorite right now is "I want that!") and use them more and more everyday. You go nowhere without your Minnie Mouse doll and we quickly have a panic attack on our hands when you realize she's not in reach. Unfortunately for mommy and daddy, you still don't sleep well through the night and don't nap much, but you'll learn! You are the complete spitting image of your daddy---busy, can't sit still, into everything you can get your hands on and completely adorable. I know you've only been in our home for a year, but I can't remember what life was ever like without you. I thank God every morning that I get to wake up and spend another day watching you grow. Nothing matters more to me than being your mommy. I love you so much sweet girl. Thank you for making your first year the best one of my entire 26. Happy birthday.