We did it!!
One whole year old. Their infancy is over and their toddling years are ahead.
Yesterday Sam took his first halting, stumbling steps unassisted. I'm not sure it was deliberate but we're calling them steps. Rachel started bum dancing this week to the Kaloo music, I couldn't believe my eyes. I strongly encouraged it. She also repeated Mumm when I asked her to and to celebrate her first birthday, she cut her first tooth last night.
We held a small party. People dropped in and had snacks and Andrew's homemade chilli. We opened gifts and sang happy birthday and had cake. We took many bad photos because, hey, it's really hard to get pics of two babies doing a difficult activity like present opening.
Sam and Rachel both worked hard to open presents but Rachel kept getting distracted by her desire to rip and eat the tissue paper and Sam liked the bags so much he didn't care about what was inside.
However, the gifts were a hit and we now have new toys clothes and books. Hooray!
I love that they are a whole year old. I love that they are growing up and I wish time would slow down and that they'd grow more slowly.....all their developmental milestones are about to heap on top of eachother, first teeth, words, steps.
And the next few months are going to fly by with halloween and then Christmas. It's going to be such a busy time....for the next 18 years. :)