Violet's birthday took me by surprise. I couldn't really bring myself to accept that my little baby has reached her first birthday. This year seems to have gone like lightning, you hear it but if you blink you missed it. Part of it is coming to terms with knowing that Violet is my last baby, very bittersweet. I know it's right for our family and so I think I tried harder to be patient with her and to steal an extra snuggle or to keep her close to me. Maybe that is why she seems to be a Momma's girl. It's a little annoying because sometimes I need to do stuff and she is whiny because Jeff is holding her when she really just wants me to hold her. None of the kids have ever done that, they have always wanted to be with Jeff. So, it's kind of annoying but I kind of love it. For a while, Violet had a pretty light complexion and I of course do not. I can remember being in a really fancy neighborhood with Violet in the stroller and a nanny asking me if I was a nanny. I laughed and told her that she was my baby and then she laughed and felt embarrassed. That was before the summer and now she has quite the tan, especially her arms. I still don't think she looks like me, but she does look like the other kids. Her hair, what little she has, is a beautiful brown. In the sun it looks like it has red tints and even some blonde tints. It's been so fun to watch her grow this past year. I am so grateful that Jeff has a steady job that helps us be able to have me be a stay-at-home-mom. It's been such a blessing for me to be a mom to all of my kids. Some have definitely been more work than others but each one has truly blessed me. Here are some things that I love about my Violet...
- Violet is feisty
- Violet is a goofball
- Violet is smart
- Violet is a muncher
- Violet is observant
- Violet adores her siblings
- Violet has dreamy eyes and when she smiles big her eyes get small
- Violet is an avid clapper, pointer and goodbye waver
Violet is such a great baby for our family. She gave us a little scare at 2 weeks old and while not having her home for that week was such a hard thing for us, I'm grateful for that experience. She is definitely a 4th child. If she wants a toy, she'll screech and fight for it. She is kind of possessive, again with the 4th child thing, of her family. If I am cuddling with one of her siblings she'll climb on me and get herself wedged in between me and her sibling. She likes to be in the middle of things. She's pretty laid back and happy for the most part. I feel confident leaving her with a friend or family, because I know she'll be alright and not cry even though as soon as I get back she only wants to be with me. I mentioned that she's smart...here's an example. She taught herself how to go down the stairs when she was 7 months old. She started climbing the stairs soon after she started crawling. I think she watches her siblings and tries her best to keep up with them. I love my little munchkin so much. Our family feels complete with her and I'm so grateful that I get to watch her grow and do new things. She's still not walking, while the other 3 kids were walking by the time they were 1, but I honestly don't mind. It just means she stays little just a while longer and I'll take all the baby moments as long as I can have them. She melts my heart and I feel like I can watch her all day long. Happy birthday, sweet Violet.