Oh Luke, you keep me and momma so busy that its been hard to find time to write you a letter about your first birthday. Here goes...
Luke, this past year flew by! It seems like just yesterday I was meeting you in the hospital for the first time. You have been so much fun and we are the BEST BEST of friends already...I often thank God in my nightly prayers that God gave me a brother like you.
You are a busy, busy boy. You started walking right before you turned one, but became an official, 100%-of-the-time walker about 2 weeks after your first birthday. You love to climb stairs, chase after me around and around the ottoman (and house in general), and you love to go anywhere dangerous that makes momma scared. You don't like it when she holds you back from certain death, but a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do.
You are long and lean, just like I was. 9% for weight and 75% for height. You are a bit of a picky eater (you don't like fresh fruits or veggies, to our dismay!) but you ARE a meat & potatoes kind of kid...you eat what we do for dinner and as long as it involves meat, you gobble it down. Other favorites of yours are yogurt of any flavor, applesauce, cheese sticks, crackers, chili, turkey, hamburgers, chicken nuggets, soups and pasta with meat sauce.
You love to have fun, mostly with me :) You like to empty any drawer and you are pretty much a one-man (boy) wrecking crew. You can turn a room upside down in a matter of seconds (which is a skill I also have, actually!) so mom is learning how to "let go" of having the tidiest house.
You LOVE to babble....its crazy! Your words are dada, mama, sissy and dog dog. But you talk and babble nonsensical things ALL DAY LONG. Everyone thinks its so cute!
You are a good napper...you take two good long ones each day. Bedtime is at 7pm and you awake around 7am. Sometimes you sleep through, but often you want to wake up for a bottle. Mommy feels guilty because you are so skinny so she always gives in. Every morning you wake up, come downstairs, and tackle me and give me a big kiss. Mom and dad almost die from happiness when they see it!
Following me anywhere
Playing anything with me
Wrestling with daddy
Bathtime with me
Cuddling with mama
Opening and closing doors, drawers, and cabinets
Going up the stairs whenever mama turns her head
Open mouth kisses and imitating sounds and words
Waiting for food
Waiting to get out of the high chair once you are done eating
Riding in the car (you're still not a big fan!)
Here are a couple videos mom got of you babbling and just being Luke. They might be a bit boring to some, but I think they really capture who you are and what you are up to lately!
Brother...you are the light of my life. I adore you like no other and I can't wait to see what the next year brings for us!