Rosslyn is ONE!
On May 22nd, our sweet baby girl turned 1 year old. I can hardly believe it! This has been the quickest year of my entire life - it really seems like yesterday that we went to grab a quick breakfast before heading to the hospital, not knowing that we would be having a baby that day.
So much has happened over the past year. The first couple of weeks of parenthood were pretty rough - more tough than we expected. Rosslyn had problems eating and lost too much weight, forcing us to supplement with formula. That was extra stressful on me because I felt as if I was letting her down in some way. I wish as Moms we weren't so hard on ourselves, because the saying "fed is best" really is true. I did what I could and when it wasn't enough, formula filled in the gaps. Our little girl has been healthy and happy and has turned into an amazing eater, so we must have done something right!
Most of the last year has been a blur, in all honesty! I have learned so much about myself and never imagined that it would be possible to love another human nearly as much as I love that little girl. She is the highlight of everyday - she is always so happy and smiling! She loves to play with her books and toys, talk (some of her favorite words are yum, taco, hi, mama and dada), she waves at everyone and should be walking soon (although we're in no rush!). She finally got her first 2 teeth, even though not having teeth didn't stop her from eating everything she could get her hands on (including steak!). She seems to take everything in stride and rarely ever cries.
When we took her for her 12 month exam, we were happy to hear that she is in at least the 90th percentile in all categories and the Doctor almost fell off his chair when she told him "thank you" at the end of the appointment. He said we should probably film her all of the time because she'll probably say something that will go viral. I try to keep my phone put away, so most of the cool things she does never get recorded. Oh well!
Last weekend we hosted friends and family for Rosslyn's One in a Melon themed birthday party. It was a stressful day for Mom, but everything worked out and I am pretty sure everyone had a good time. It was fantastic to spend the day with friends, and there were a lot of kids around for Rosslyn to play with, which was fun! She wasn't sure what to do with her cake, but eventually made a good mess of it.
I am so excited to see what the next year (and every year after that) holds! It is truly entertaining and rewarding to watch Rosslyn grow and turn into a little girl. She's got a wonderful little personality and it's a bit scary to see flashes of myself coming out now and then (poor John has to deal with 2 Gemini Women!). The best part of this entire experience so far has been sharing it with John. He is the absolutely best Father and partner. I am so lucky that he is so understanding and supportive and that he works so hard so that I have been able to stay home with Rosslyn. She truly adores him (as do I). Everyone keeps asking us when we'll be having another child, and our answer remains the same - we're not! We are 100% happy with one child. Plus, I turn 40 next month and I really don't think my body could handle another pregnancy. So, you all can stop asking now! :)