And, she's off...

Over the break, Adeline decided she would let go and take her first steps! What a blessing to be at home with her for this milestone!

It all started on the third day of Christmas. She was playing on the floor with Uncle Kyle when he lifted her up, set her back about three feet, and she took several steps right into his arms...and did it again and again! Over the last two weeks, she has slowly ventured more and more and seems pretty proud of what she is accomplishing.

Speaking of Christmas...The Christmas Eve blizzard changed everyone's plans, but we made the best of it. This was the first time I ever remember not going to Midnight Mass and it was an odd feeling. Santa brought Adeline a red wagon which has traveled a circular path throughout the house so far. At times, she is content to just sit in it and play or read books. We made it to Ben's parents for Christmas lunch and back home again for a quick visit from my family. Everyone wanted to be home before dark so the celebrations were cut too short! Thankfully, my family has always believed that Christmas is a season, not just a day. Who knows how long we'll keep this one going?!?!

I took her for her 15 month well-baby check at the beginning of the week. Her measurements confirmed what we'd been thinking -- that she is pretty tall and skinny!! (She certainly didn't get that from me!!) She weighs 21 lbs. 4 oz. and is 31 1/4 inches tall. She continues to WOW us by saying a lot of words. One of the most precious things she says is "bess oo" -- BLESS YOU -- when someone (or something, like the dog!) sneezes!

I leave you with a few of her first birthday pics. (I finally got them uploaded!) My sweet friend, Stephanie, made the cute orange tulle skirt and candle onsie she is wearing! Thank you, Steph! In the other pics, the light pink top was either my mom's or her mom's so it is a neat hand-me-down.