Letters to Charlotte: 1 Year

Dear Charlotte,

Happy, Happy Birthday to my baby girl! It really has been a whirlwind year, and I can’t believe we are already at the 12 month point in your life! What an absolutely amazing, joyful experience it’s been adding you to our family- we love you so and are so, so glad you are you!

You have grown and changed this year so very much- from a tiny 7 pound, 1 oz newborn to a 20 pound, 3 oz 1 year old! You are now 29 inches tall and are in size 12 month clothing and size 3 diapers. You have 2 bottom teeth and your hair is definitely getting longer and flipping up on the ends- adorable! You still drink three 8 ounce bottles a day and nurse 2-3 times, but are slowly starting to eat more solids to replace the milk.

I made a list of the words you can say, and there are 12 that you use consistently. You will mimic words and even phrases a lot too- I can’t wait to see how your vocabulary explodes in the coming months!

You are such a sweet little sister. Grayson is one of your favorite people and if he’s in the room, you want to be near him or on top of him. You give him hugs and kisses, talk to him, and pat his back when he’s not feeling well. I love watching you love him, even if I do have to intervene between you two quite a bit!

We are now in our new house and you have transitioned really well. You are sleeping well at night and taking good naps. You love climbing the stairs, cruising on the furniture, and sneaking into Grayson’s room to get into whatever you can!

I’ve been looking back at the hundreds and hundreds of pictures taken of you this year. Looking at you as a tiny newborn makes me wistful, but I absolutely love the little bundle of spunk that you have become. You are sassy, opinionated, sometimes exasperating, but you are also funny, sensitive, cuddly, and so, so sweet. I couldn’t love you more if I tried.

Happy, Happy Birthday sweet Charlotte Faith. I love you to the moon and back.


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  1. basebell6 on January 20, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    awwh, happy birthday, charlotte! time sure does fly!

  2. Stefanie Blakely on January 21, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Sobbing the happiest tears over here. WHAT A YEAR! Sweet baby Charlotte, so much joy… Love you all.

  3. Esperanza on January 21, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Ah! How can she already be one year old!? Time sure does fly! Happy birthday Charlotte! I can't wait to see all you do this coming year!

    And how was Grayson's surgery? I've been thinking about you all a lot this week…

  4. Motleymommy on January 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    OH! Happy Birthday sweet girl! I didn't realize her birthday was the 20th, my little Z turned 3 on the 20th. He too is a whirlwind of energy and yet just fills me up with love every day!

  5. Mellow MW Mama on January 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    beautifuL! i cannot believe she's a year already and it sounds like she's already talking so much! happy 1 year, charlotte!

  6. Hannah on January 22, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    OK, that slideshow made me so emotional! What an incredible year it has been to have little mouse in the family. I loved seeing all the pics and how she has grown over the last year. Love that girl to bits!

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