Bloggers note: Yes, we disappeared for months on end (just about nine months, I guess). Much has changed. I'll try to catch you up. I may not keep at this long enough to catch you up completely, but will do my best!
March 9 marked twelve months since our Miss Kate made her arrival (detailed here) in our lives. Because of her convenient Saturday arrival, her first birthday was celebrated on a Sunday with our church friends (where else would the "parish baby" celebrate, after all?). I'll stick to the pertinent details here and follow up with a separate party post. Kate finally tipped the scales over 20 pounds this month and is almost 30 inches tall. She uses every inch to reach for things she really shouldn't (but thinks rather strongly that she should). She is such a determined little girl, and I often find myself remarking that this is a wonderful trait in an adult and that we must nurture it (but, oh, what a trying trait it is in a toddler!). Kate is quite an adept walker these days, and works on her climbing skills daily, much to mama's dismay. She does fall often, as one might expect of a toddling baby, but rarely cries for more than a whimper. We are grateful for her sweet temperament.
Without further ado, Kate at ONE: