Happy Birthday Fred!

Yesterday was Freddy’s first birthday. It’s hard to believe this was one year ago:

IMG_0240My sweet little peanut baby.

Dear Fred,

We call you Fred, Freddy, Frederick, Frederico, Fredo, Munezero. You are always happy. Everyone comments about how you smile and laugh all the time. Even when you do get a little upset, you are easily distracted.

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Your favorite game right now is peek-a-boo. You are always ducking under the table and popping up. You even play peek-a-boo with your Little People toys.

You love mommy, daddy, your grandparents, Auntie Claudia and Gorethi. You light up when you see your family on FaceTime. You clap for everyone. You dance when music plays.

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You generally like all food, but these days, you also love dropping it to the floor and watching it fall. You weren’t so sure about that birthday cake.

Baths and swimming are fun for you. You like to splash and eat the water.

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You take two naps a day. You still wake up a lot at night. You start the night in your crib, but you eventually move into our bed. You wake us us by your sleep gymnastics – rolling and doing the worm while you sleep. You are constantly head-butting us, and we awaken to you smiling and pulling our hair.

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You love to go on long walks on our back. You like to smile at the people. You like to watch the dogs and play outside with dad.

You crawl so quickly and walk all around the furniture. You’ve just started taking a few steps on your own.

You are still a great nurser! You love to nurse all day and all night. We’ve gotten pretty good at it over this year.

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Most importantly, you are a blessing to your dad and me. We still pinch ourselves and can’t believe you really exist. We’ve never felt as much joy as we do when we look at you, snuggle you, talk to you. You are becoming an independent little boy, and it’s scary to me, but at the same time, I just love watching your grow. I love seeing your personality develop and how you bring so much joy to the lives of other people.

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Thanks for giving us a great first year.

Love,

Mom

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