Last year we were hit with the news that since I was not dialating, I had to go in to the hospital to see if through meds I would give birth or get a C-Section.
We also had Grandma Lydia in the hospital. So we were a little stressed with everything that was about to happen and that was already happening.
I was not ready, I was scared, we wanted to delay this until Raul’s grandma got out of the hospital. But the doctor felt that since I was already late by four days, he did not want to take the chance on something happening to Daniela. With what happened to Titi Chenille, I agreed with the doctor and off we went on the 28th of December 2010 to have Daniela join the rest of the world.
Over the course of this year, Daniela has taught us so much about ourselves and what it is like to care for another human being twenty four hours a day. It is different with a pet to a certain extent. After you feed and let them out, JuanGa just lays around, chews on bones, and is pretty much independent most of the time.
A Change Everyone Should Have In their Lives
But babies are a whole other ball game. So what I learned month to month was that I had to take things as they come. I was trying hard to go against what was mother nature and have things be the same. When you have a baby your life changes forever.
So what I wish for Daniela is for her to continue to be as healthy as possible, keep sharing her love with us and JuanGa, keep learning and growing, show compassion for others and animals.
Here is what Daniela is doing on her first birthday:
She is standing up by holding on to things. She is also bending over and trying to stand by herself.
She is sharing her toys and food with JuanGa. She is also trying to use the spoon to pick up food. She shovels food in her mouth very well.
She does like to drink from her sippy cup and our glasses at every chance.
She is eating everything we put in front of her except for pumpkin.
She is picking up things and handing them to us. When we sing CleanUp CleanUp everybody everywhere, she dances and hands us things.
She is understanding both languages because if you say Ven she will come and if you say Come on she will also come.
She loves music and dances every chance she gets.
She is saying Teta and pointing to my breast. Yesterday she practically showed my breast in public at the mall because she wanted Teta.
She talks to herself and toys. There is an app that we bought her on the ipad that reviews colors in English and Raul and I heard when when she tried to say Red after the voice said Red.
Dada, Mama, JuanGa are all names she recognizes and tries to say. The best gift I recieved from her was on my birthday when she sat on the bed, saw me, pointed and said Ma.
She loves putting things in and out of boxes and toys. She loves enclosed spaces and covering her head while she crawls around.
Her top front tooth is coming out so she has been through alot of teething pain this month.
She claps, points, and moves her body in the direction she wants to go in. She also says That as in what is that or at least that is what I understand when she points at things.
She is still squealing at things when she gets excited. She is also crying and throwing things when she doesn’t like something or I give her to Raul.
Daniela I hope that when you get older and you can read what we wrote every month for you, that you can sit and smile at all of your first year milestones. I hope that I was as good as a mother as I could be to you by chronicling what you did during your first year.
I hope that the universe allows me to see what the rest of your life has to offer you.
We love you very much and hope that the rest of your life is one filled with lots of love and blessings.
Love your mother Lucy, father Raul, and dog JuanGa! Happy Birthday to our baby girl!