Rita has just celebrated her first birthday. It is so wonderful to look back on a year of photos and see the incredible changes and milestones! Rita is a beautiful, healthy, joyful child and we are so blessed to guide her through this life to Heaven. On her birthday a dear friend commented that it was also an accomplishment for me...and as I thought back on the year, I realized that God has used me to accomplish so many great things. Looking back...
> it has been a year since an unmedicated natural birth
> it has been a year of breastfeeding
> it has been a year of cosleeping
> it has been a year of learning life with a baby
> it has been a year of cloth diapering
But more importantly, Rita is no longer sleeping swaddled, thriving on breastmilk alone; she is...
> eating all sorts of food! She especially enjoys sweet peas, gumbo, strawberries, blueberries, celery and carrots.
> crawling all over the place
> furniture walking
> standing unassisted for a few seconds
> saying some words: Momma, DaDa, Jesus, book, oh wow!, num-num, baby Riri (ree-ree), no
> signing "milk" while she nurses
> saying "na" when she wants to nurse
> pointing and gesturing when she wants to eat, drink, play with something she can't reach, etc.
>swaying to the rhythm of songs
We are looking forward to another unmedicated natural childbirth in July, as well as nursing another sweet baby. Rita is still nursing, she is no longer cosleeping (except for a few hours just before Tyler leaves for work) and we are surely no where near finished learning about our sweet girl who is a gift from Heaven!
Overall our sweet girl is so much more a toddler than a baby! She brightens each day and fills our hearts with breathless joy. Rita, we love you! Happy Birthday!