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Here’s The Scoop … Happy Birthday Lilly! …

Lilly Is One Year Old Today! …

Dear Readers … How fast the time goes when watching the first year pass in the life of your first grandchild! …It hardly seems possible that one year ago this writer watched my daughter give birth to her daughter as this little bundle of joy came into the world with her eyes wide open so full of curiosity that has continued each and every day since … We have all marveled in her as she slept through the night even earlier than her mommy had at 8 weeks old …How she rarely cried or got upset and knew who was who smiling and welcoming each of us in charge of her care …Momma, Dada, Nana and Poppa in a way that made us all comment on it each and every time we saw and felt it…

The milestones zoomed by…From sleeping in the bassinet to the crib as we lowered the mattress from the very top to the very bottom ….From the first bath in the sink the first tub bath sitting with her toys floating all around …. That first real smile that was not just gas ….The first laugh that brings forth the hiccups each and every time….. Sitting up on her own and clapping in short order …. Jumping up and down in her jumper and not caring for the swing at all …Going to Kangaroo Park Playgroup and just waiting to be big enough to get into the bounce house like the “big” kids she watched finally making it in ….. Crawling 1 week before she was 8 months old … Her incredible dexterity and love of locks, hinges, things that open and close and go up and down  …the more intricate the better ….The long attention span that is also so much like her mommy’s was at that age ……Her “Monk” style behavior of knowing when something is out of place from where she had seen it before … Her excitement each time she was being readied to go out for an adventure whether it was a walk by Lake Michigan …a trek downtown …or heading to the malls in the nearby suburbs…We laugh with pride as she takes it all in … from the trees and the sky she looks at them from her car seat window view to her utter delight in finally sitting at the restaurant table in a highchair and sampling all the food … We collectively held our breath as she pulled herself up and began to walk around the furniture and could not believe it when at 11 months old she was standing unassisted while being distracted by her favorite Nickelodeon cartoon show for a full 3-5 minutes … She is just on the cusp of taking those first steps on her own as she celebrates her first birthday … She is an independent soul with definite likes and dislikes and she is not shy about letting us know it with an emphatic shake of her head … Wonder where she gets that from? … She is scrumptious and delightful and makes each day with her a gift that other grandparents told me about….Year 2 with Lilly is guaranteed to be all that and even more!… Happy Birthday Lilly … for today you are a toddler!…

more to come…

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