Twelve months ago today, I gave birth to Josie in our bedroom. I really can not believe it has been a year since that wonderful event. It goes by way too fast and it has been such a joy getting to know her. She loves music, playing with her brothers, babies (real and dolls), balls, food, water (baths and pools, she tolerates showers), playing at the park (swinging and slides), riding on our bikes (still abhors the car), doing anything outside (long walks, digging in dirt, etc.), climbing all the furniture (we had an awful scare a couple weeks ago and are so happy to have an ER doctor as a neighbor), brushing her four teeth, books, walking, communicating, and of course, nursing.
We had a small low-key family party (plus my dad and sister) for her today with some of her favorite finger foods for lunch. We had fried okra, fresh blueberries, corn grits with nutritional yeast, cantaloupe, dried berries, Veggie Booty, and I made Dreena's Mac-Oh Geez (page down in the link a bit for the recipe). I pretty much followed the recipe, except I added fresh broccoli (just mixed it in before baking) and I made Garlic Bread Topping instead of just the bread crumbs. So the end result had almond milk, cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds, but no soy (a lot of vegan "cheese" sauces have some soy which we obviously eat, but it is nice to use nuts instead). This was by far Rob's favorite mac and cheese type dish. Josie is not a big cake or muffin fan so we had a tea candle to blow out and vanilla coconut milk ice cream (first time trying this and it is delish!!).After lunch we played outside with the new balls Aunt Karen gave to Josie and the boys. When Josie got tired she did one of her favorite things and nursed to sleep at the park. She sleep so much better outside. Later in the day we went to Rob's soccer game and she loved clapping and calling out "Rob!" before nursing and taking another nap while Rob played. Dinner at the new Bombay Indian Grill with her little friend Teagan was a perfect end to her first birthday.