How is it even possible that it has been a year since this photo was taken?
You have grown so much since that day (18 pounds and ten inches to be exact!) and I can't believe how fast these 365 days have gone by.
Daddy fell in love before he even knew what hit him. I don't think either of us knew how much room we had in our hearts for a new member of our family.
It's hard to remember back to these first baths when I see you crawling and splashing around in the tub now with your rubber duckie. How much you fought between wanting to be held close and wanting to feel the water around you. When did that change happen?
We found out very quickly that you like to be WAY up high and then down low and then up high and then down low. This was one of the first times you really smiled.
Here you started to find your voice. I'm not sure what you were trying to say but baby it was LOUD!
Look at your toes there! This was the first time you were up on Daddy's shoulders. There were lots of smiles and you get excited every time you're up there. It's a good thing Daddy doesn't have much hair because when you go up on my shoulders you grab on with your little fingers and pull really hard on mine!
We went to your first football game (and Daddy's too!) and I made sure that you only cheered for the Tiger Cats! Oskee-Wee-Wee!
Then we flew across the Atlantic Ocean so you could meet your Great-Great-Grandma. This is about five minutes after we walked in the door at Auntie Carole's and you were already cuddling (though perhaps a little confused).
Don't worry, you didn't actually get to try the Guinness there. We'll take you back to Ireland for a properly poured Guinness for your eighteenth birthday (and then we can stay late at the pubs too)!
At Hallowe'en you were a not-very-scary dragon and I was the Paper Bag Princess. We've read this book together many many time since then and it's one of your favourites to pull out of the book basket.
We did your holiday photo session a little early in November because I just couldn't wait! You were excited that everything was shiny and sparkly. And of course you tried to eat all the decorations.
When it was actually Christmas time you weren't sure what to make of all the paper and bows but you sure looked cute all dressed up and wrapped in your new cuddly blanket.
You discovered my second love and tried to confiscate my back up camera - apparently you weren't quite ready for Mummy to go back to work yet!
Recently you've found a new cry that is reserved for when we take away things you want to play with. Like cast iron pans and big handfuls of dirt that you try to eat. You can turn this cry on and off like a light as we take things away and give them back to you.
You also like to sing in the middle of the backyard. You yell as loud as you can and then giggle like crazy. I'm sure the neighbours just love it. I know that I do.
Some things haven't changed though. You still think Daddy is awesome. And he loves to make you smile and laugh.
It is amazing how much you have grown in the last year and how much you learn every day. I would love to write more about how much I love you to pieces and would move mountains for you and turn the world upside down to make you happy... but you just dumped my tomato seedlings all over the floor and I have to go clean up all the dirt, try to salvage my plants and give you a bath. It looks like you are officially a toddler.
I love you Miles, today and always. You are a little blessing in my life - even when you make a giant mess. <3