Maya is ONE!

Dear Maya, you are ONE!

It’s so hard to believe we met you a full year ago. You’ve brought indescribable joy to our lives and added a new dimension of love to our hearts.

Everywhere you go, people remark on how calm and happy you are. Even when you’ve been sick or tired or schlepped all over the place, you are almost always quite content and rarely stop smiling.

You delight in simply being held (by anyone), observing the world around you, and absolutely love to snuggle. You weigh 22.3 lbs, are 30 inches long (both about the 80th percentile) and your head is in the 94th percentile #bigbrain. A month ago you had two teeth, but now seven have broken through. You have amazing baby curls that I hope never go away.

You are fascinated by: my electric toothbrush, climbing into Lila’s bed, and drinking out of water bottles

You are mischievous when you: pull all the toilet paper off the roll, try to eat dog food, and pull your sister’s hair

You like to eat: pretty much everything, but especially green peas, veggie straws, strawberries and cheese

You can say: hi, yay, uh oh, more, mama and dada, and love to wave and clap and sign ‘more’ or ‘all done’

You love to: walk with your push-and-go or holding dad’s fingers, splash in the bathtub, and play in mom and dad’s bed

Parenting two marvelous humans has been a harder transition than I anticipated, but in unexpected ways. There are the simple logistical challenges, like managing two nightly baths and story routines, but also the less visible ones, like the guilt of having to put you down to tend to your sister, and spending far less quality one-on-one time with Lila.

There’s also the exhaustion. You finally got tubes about a month ago, but for the six months preceding that miracle, you were sick pretty much constantly. You were a trooper, but…no one slept particularly well as a result of chronic ear infections. We had a lot of unplanned sleepovers in your room.

We’ve found a balance though, and watching your evolving relationship with your sister is all the reinforcement we need that things are going in the right direction.

We love you and your magical spirit and are thankful every day for the privilege of being your parents.

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