February 24, 2015
by The Wells Family
Dear Dean, It was bound to happen, my sweet little baby isn’t much of a baby anymore. You are walking and all! I had denied your enthusiasm to walk as long as I could, but as of 11 1/2 months you’ve been taking steps more and more. Now you just cruise around and love your new freedom. Just before you turned one you started learning how to turn and change directions, and you couldn’t have been more proud of. You love the attention you get when we all gather on the family room floor to let you walk between us as we clap at every step. Your personality is becoming more and more evident as well. You love to make us laugh with silly games like peekaboo and ramming your head into our legs as you cruise around the house. You love finding hats and baskets to put on his head and has started finding shoes and attempt to put them on all while looking around for your audience. You still lovesl wrestle time and if anybody is on the ground you think they are fair game for playing rough and jumping on. Lately you will lay yourself flat on the ground when we say “night night” it’s adorable. You have also learned to “turn” and go backwards down the deck step so you too can at last join all of the ruckus happening in the backyard. You are determined to get up that slippery slide! You are still nursing four times a day and it has been going well even with my recent 15 K race we have been able to maintain good eating. I’m not in a huge rush to stop nursing as this could potential be my last little guy. I suppose we should start moving towards weaning sooner than later. You eat a ton of solid food and it seems that every time I turnaround your high chair tray is magically empty as you smile with food all over your face. You love hummus and crackers Cheerios and almost all kinds of fruit. You are also a great sport about vegetables and likes avocado green beans carrots sweet potatoes almost all of it.
Over the past month ypu have really perfected your sweet little “mama” and it’s enough to melt my heart. You have also learned the power of your index finger and pointing at things means people will carry you wherever you desire. One of my favorite things is showing you books and pointing out the different animals. I also get a kick out of watching you in the bathtub. You love baths. Just tonight I was using the removable showerhead to spray you and you thought it was hilarious as you tried to chase the water with your hands. One of your other favorite things is finding marker caps, Lincoln logs, Crayons, or any other cylinder shaped object to chew on as you explore the house. You love making a mess of Cora and Jack’s art area which means he pretty much fits right in there.
I’m so greatful to be your Mama and spend my days snuggling you and caring for you. I pray that you have a love for life and for God that is contagious and that you know your Heavenly Father from a young age!
Happy First Birthday Dean! Love Mama
Dear Dean, Wow!! How did that happen? I can’t believe you are already a year. I feel like it has flown by.
So your mom and I had these big plans to celebrate our 10yr anniversary last summer…you had other plans. Having a child March doesn’t come with much “parent only” travel in the months to follow, but if there was anything I would put those
Plans off for it is my sweet little Deanasour!!
Dean, you are a bundle of joy. And this isn’t one of those cute, like I’m just trying to be sentimental and sappy, you seriously are the sweetest!! I remember we took you with us the Busch Gardens once and completely missed all your naps, were hot, and didn’t eat like you should have, yet you were still all smiles!! You are often a breathe of fresh happiness in the midst of a crazy life.
As soon as you could kinda crawl you have jumped right in to wrestle time. Jack and I have had quiet a tradition of wrestlemanias and you needed to be a part of it. And you came with no fear! Of course you have the best big brother in the whole word and he is so gentle with you and takes the best care of you. At times Jack will lay curled up in a ball and allow you to mount him while you smack him in the back in victory!!
I love tickling you, but that is nothing new…your siblings have had to endure it too, but I love to getchu, getchu, getchu, just above your chest and by your thigh…I can get you laughing like no one else.
You started saying da da da da da, and I thought for sure you would land on dada soon for me, but somehow you managed to bypass that and go straight to mama!! What’s up with that?!? Now anything of significance is mama…your hungry, you want the person holding to take you somewhere, ME, everything is mama! At least it makes mama’s heart full…and mine too.
Also, you walking!! Atta boy!! I guess having two older siblings to learn from really pushed you to wanting to get out there and get dirty with them, cause you are our earliest walker. And it is super cute to watch. Once you get that waddle up to a good stride then you left arm gets pumping up and down, half in pride / half you just can’t control it!!
Bottom line Deano, I love you so much dude. You bring so much joy to our family. I’m looking forward to getting to know more about who you are, but the first year has been great!!