And by that, I mean she turned one. The big 1. It felt like such a milestone for MJ, and did not feel like much of a milestone for Greta. I did have the obligatory “last year at this time…” type feelings, but this time I know how much more we have to go. And by that, I mean that I don’t really know, because I do know there’s a lot more I don’t even know about. But I realize she’s still so little this time, and have a better idea of what lies in front of me.
Nonetheless, the girl deserved cake, and a celebration of her little personhood. We were in New York for her birthday, visiting my in-laws, so it was a great opportunity for them to get to celebrate with her. At 1 year, Greta was finally pushing through her first tooth, which still remains nothing more than a nub and which I still haven’t snagged a good picture of. At 1, she’s taking steps but not exactly walking (though 2 weeks later I would call it walking, with a good bit of crawling still mixed in). Most of all, she is my little Gigi, and not really all that little. She’s still all smiles, and exudes joy all the time. She gets grumpy on occasion, mostly if she’s tired or hungry, but all other times is a bucket of smiles. She’s getting some definite curls, which makes me smile; her hair is darker and a bit redder than her sisters. But they very much look like sisters, which makes me happy.
One of her favorite things is climbing stairs, and if the gate is left open she looks at me to see if I’ve noticed, then races as fast as she can to the stairs. She loves to pile things in boxes, bags, and carts and haul them around. She is obsessed with putting objects inside other objects, which is something MJ didn’t enjoy until she was quite a bit older. She’s not all that interested in books yet, but we keep trying.
She has become so much a part of this family, and trying to remember life before is difficult and seems empty. She loves her Dad something fierce. Despite being home with me all day, she is not afraid of strangers and is happy to smile and chatter with anyone. She’s even open to other folks holding her, as long as they give her a moment to take them in first. She is an interesting combination of busy and easy. She’s into everything, but so very good at entertaining herself. And not really all that destructive, given her age (or at least, given what I remember of MJ at this age.)
Gigi, I can’t believe it’s already been a year. And, also, I can’t believe it’s only been a year, because it feels as though you’ve been part of our family forever. I love you something fierce, and I’m so happy you’re ours.