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Oh What Fun, Gabby is ONE!!!!

I can't believe that my little girl turns one today.  It feels like just yesterday that I met her for the first time.  The joy that comes with having this little angel, and by angel I mean gift from heaven, grows more and more everyday.  I tell Michael all of the time that I cannot believe how much more I love her every day and he feels the same way. Our love grows for her as fast as she grows! 

We love you baby Gabby! You are the most amazing person in the entire world.  Happy First Birthday!


Mommy and Daddy

Milestones Gabby has met by her first birthday:
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Playing "pat-a-cake" and "itsy bitsy spider" and "singing" along by clicking her tongue
  • Says: "dada, mama, uh-oh, cat, hi, cat, pretty, yeah, oh wow" and I am sure more that I am forgetting.
  • Calling the cat and dog by clicking her tongue and putting her hand out (cutest thing ever!)
  • Turning the pages and pointing to pictures in her books
  • Becoming a 'limp noodle' to escape when being held
  • Climbing up the stairs and on anything else she can get her little legs on
  • Can make her little push car go
  • Sleeps through the night (as of two days ago, I may be speaking too soon)
  • Eat only people food
  • Attempts to use a spoon
  • Throwing a ball
She loves:
  • Taking things apart to see how they work
  • Knocking down blocks
  • Playing/being outside
  • Saying "hi" to people
  • Playing with Daddy
  • Anything that gives her a thrill such as: spinning, haning upside down, swinging, sliding, being thrown in the air, being tickled
  • Animals (especially Marley and Ranger)
  • Taking things out of bags or drawers
  • Hugs and kisses
  • Balls


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