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January 8, 2015

Shiloh

Shiloh's first birthday-6


Shiloh turned 1 years old on Tuesday, an Italian holiday by happy coincidence.  We celebrated quietly.  Shiloh opened a few presents (ok, fine, Will opened a few presents) we made pancakes, and played.  We went out for some pizza and followed it up with what was probably Shiloh’s favorite moment of the day: her first solo cup of (yogurt) gelato.  We walked, we played some more.  Shiloh demolished a mini carrot cake after dinner and then it was off to bath and bed.


Shiloh's first birthday-12


And in between we nursed and cuddled and I stared into her deep brown eyes a thousand times, willing myself to understand that my baby is hurtling towards toddlerhood faster than seems possible.


As much as I love throwing parties and entertaining, for the most important days we celebrate, I much prefer to spend the time quietly with our family, wallowing in nostalgia and sentimentality the way I do on this blog instead of rushing around the way I usually do in real life.


So, Shiloh, she is one.  She is feisty and determined and fast. She points at everything, wanting words for what she is looking at. She is curious and head-strong and cries if we don’t let her touch the leaves on trees or the Christmas lights on the sides of buildings.  For Shiloh there are no obstacles, only benches, boxes and challenges to be surmounted. She always, usually very quietly, finds her way.


She is so on-the-go, so independent, so easy-going in so many ways that sometimes I forget that she is still so very little–which in turn makes me treasure those moments when she does let me baby her even more. Those moments when she reaches up to be held, when she naps on my chest. When she covers my face in open-mouth kisses and force-feeds me orange slices covered in peanut butter. She still sleeps in our bed and spends hours attached to my hip. I know these days of babyhood are waning now and I miss them already even as I live them. She will grow up to be such an amazing and strong and fearless woman but for always she will be my baby.


Shiloh Jan 9 2014-1
Shiloh in grey-4
Shiloh and NaiNai-1
Chris and Shiloh-3
Shiloh in poofy dress first time-3
Shiloh St Patrick's Day-12
made in india modeling made in india-2
Shiloh and NaiNai Portra 400-1
Shiloh and NaiNai Portra 400-2
Shiloh with papa etc portra 400-6
Shiloh in Varrena-6
Shiloh 6.5 months-7Shiloh plaid shirt black adn white 8 months old sept 2014-5
Shiloh love-1
Shiloh at Bellagio and Varenna-1
Shiloh in Pumpkin outfit-7
Shiloh Will Mommy-3
Shiloh 11 months-9
Shiloh Christmas-1-3
#rainbows: always in style #shiloh #sunset
My girl getting in touch with her heritage #shiloh
She can't walk unassisted yet bit she already knows how to commandeer her gege's scooter #shiloh
Paintbrushes #pigtails #shiloh
Shiloh on floor in panda onesie-3
Mamma and Shiloh-1
(First) birthday suit #shiloh

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