What a day! Tess is one – a giant, expressive, growing one-year old who loves food and people and acts like world travel is no biggie. She’s an absolute delight, and I can’t even pretend I’m not bursting with pride when I look at her.
Since we got to Florida, Tess has spoken her first words, learned to army crawl, gotten better at reaching, and become very curious about a certain baby brother. She charms everyone and makes us laugh nonstop. She may not like waves in the ocean, but she loves to swim in the pool – and she’s eating all sorts of food like it’s going out of style!
I woke her up today with the French, French Canadian and English versions of happy birthday. She got some 4 on 1 grandparent time, after which Dave and I took her for a walk on the beach so she could revel in being our only focus for a little while. She yelled at the sky, cried at the waves and clutched Dave and I like we were precious treasures. In other words, all of our dreams came true. 🙂
True to form, our joy stacks upon other joy. We got our interstate clearance to go home today thanks to a spectacularly good lawyer. So we found out about Remy on Tess’ Gotcha Day, and got his clearance on her bday. I guess it makes it easier for us to remember when everything happened!
We celebrated with a candle-stacked cupcake for the birthday girl, which was a hilarious fail. Apparently, coconut lemon does not appeal to Miss Tess’ palate. She stuck her tongue out like it was too gross to allow in her mouth! When we gave her a taste of chocolate cupcake though, she yelled when I took away the spoon. I sense she’s given in to the dark side already!
Dave and I couldn’t have dreamt up a better way the spend her birthday and this week. As Kat mentioned, Tess is one lucky kid, to have people all over the world who love her! We want to thank all of you, the readers and commenters and friends and family, for being such a wonderful support and joy for all of us as we take parenting by storm. Hugs around the world from all of us, big and little!