13 months and I keep loving you more

Dear Daughter,

You are 13 months old today but I prefer to call you one. You’re just one year old. I imagine it will be hard to keep up with the number of months you are when people ask. Can’t I just say one and one-and-a-half until you’re two? I never know what number people want to know though when they question your age.

Gnomeville Dress from Dapple Gray Designs

Anyway, this last month you’ve  sorta started getting the hang of communicating. You know that your whiny growl will get you whatever you want so you usually do that first, then I try to get you to use sign language to tell me if you want milk, to be picked up, to go outside, or whatnot. You know how to sign new words like “book” and “picture” now. It’s so cute to watch you do it.

You can totally take steps on your own but you still prefer to crawl. I’m not rushing the walking. I will probably miss this cute crawling stage some day so I’m just enjoying it. You’ll probably be running from me when I’m taking picture of you too, which may or may not be so fun.

MudPie dress from BNB Boutique

We went to a candy store yesterday and I let you have a taste of my float. You loved it. You also got to taste a little big of a sucker and some cotton candy. After a little while you were yelling and laughing so loud throughout the store. I think you were on a sugar high.

I normally don’t like to let you eat sweets. Unless you count fruit. But your favorite foods aren’t too great for you either. You LOVE pizza. Whenever you make it you get excited at the smell and beg for some. You also love french fries. It’s horrible that I even let you eat some but I understand your fascination. They are my favorite food too. Coincidentally, your dad’s favorite food is pizza. Maybe it’s just in your genes to like these things.

Flower headband from Chic N Unique

When you finally had your one year checkup I thought you were going to be of the charts big. Or at least still in the 90th percentile for weight and height as you have been, but you were only 20lbs 1oz but you were 30in long. So you are tall, but strangely only in the 45th percentile for weight. You don’t look tall and thin to me.

Your favorite things to do are dance, go outside and play, or take pictures, and your absolute favorite is to play in water. From Snoop’s water bowl to the pool you can’t stay away. We need to get you in swimming lessons stat!

Shirt from MoRiginal Designs

I love you so much little girl. More than you will ever know. Well, maybe until you have your own child some day. I think that’s when you’ll really get it. I’m not sure if my mom loved me as much as I love you but if she did, I have a new respect for what she went through.

Thank you for being my little friend, my bragging rights and my new reason for loving life.

I love you baby girl.



*Happy 13 months to Lil’ J! Everyone who comments on this post will be entered to win $25 to Dapple Gray Designs (first photo dress from there). If you “like” Dapple Gray Designs on Facebook, and tell them I sent you to get an extra entry, just leave an extra comment letting me know.
Giveaway Ends August 13th*

MinneMom says:

Such a sweet letter! I know how you feel about the age thing! I just tell them my son turned 1 in May for now. Soon it will be 1.5. 🙂 Lil J is adorable!

Angie says:

She is darling! Sounds like she is about the same size as my little Cooper who will be one in 3 weeks 🙂
I love the pics!

Kristen says:

I love the first photo. My son has been making funny smiles in photos lately, it’s too cute!

Kez71 says:

wow, 13 months already! Time sure flies. Im loving her pretty dresses, esp the gnome one and the pink and black/white one..ahh makes me crave a little girl of my own! (9 Days til blood test after a FET..cmon baby..stick..and be a girl so i can dress you in pretty dresses!!)

Rahel says:

I absolutely LOVE these letters. Feels just like I’m talking to my little girl. Blows me away how a like mothers think and feel!

Rachel says:

BTW I let them know you sent me 🙂

Irene&Sicily says:

I love this letter!! Your daughter keeps getting beautiful and beautiful. We are on the same page my daughter is 13 months and i get confused when people ask me her age. Am i suppose to say 1 or 13 months i dont get it. My daughter runs around like crazy though so enjoy the crawling stage. My daughter actually never crawled =/. I love the mudpie dress i just ordered it for my daughter from another website cant wait to get it =)

She’s a doll and always looks so cute in everything!!

Michelle says:

Your daughter and my son are SO close to being birthday twins! My son was 13 months on Aug 1! Your daughter is adorable!

It never fails…pictures of your daughter really touch my heart. She is precious.

Cindy says:

I just love that first shot. Precious!

Jacquie says:

They grow up ao fast! Enjoy every beautiful moment. Your letters and pictures are always so sweet. She is going to read these someday and know exactly how much you loved her!

Em says:

Love the gnome dress!

Em says:

Love the gnome dress!

Em says:

I liked Dapple Gray.

latanya says:

She is so beautiful!

latanya says:

I like Dapple Gray Designs on facebook and told them you sent me.

I love these letters and they always inspire me to write one to C-bear. And, wow, my baby is bigger than yours. You were right, she really is tall for her age! I guess I just don’t know what to compare her to. Lil’ J just keeps getting more adorable everyday!

And I “liked” Dapple Gray Designs on FB too 🙂

There’s that beautiful dress model. She makes the Gnome dress cuter than it already is!

Being a mommy is simply awesome.

I already liked DGD’s on FB.

Irene&Sicily says:

I liked Dapple Gray Designs on FB and let them know u sent me =)

krissy says:

I feel the exact same way about saying my daughters age in months. She’s betting to be a big girl. Once she turned a year and a half that’s what I told people. Now I say, “she’ll be 2 in october” and let them do the math lol

Shaky Mommy says:

She always looks so cute! Always! Love reading your blog and letters to her and seeing the pictures.

Shaky Mommy says:

Liked Dapple Gray on FB & told them you sent me.

LiciaLee says:

I absolutely LOVE that gnome dress. 😀

BeeRedd says:

What a cutie pie! I have an 11 month old and she’s tall for her age too. She’ll be one on Aug. 7th, but I can’t bring myself to say she’s one year yet, I guess I wanna hold on to my baby lol.

Katie says:

Happy 13 months, little cutie!! My baby girl is going to be a year in two weeks. Unbelievable!

Katie says:

Liked Dapple Gray on FB and told them you sent me 🙂

Quiana says:

Awww! She is such a sweetie! Happy 13months bday Lil J!

It just keeps getting better and better as they get older huh? My daughter is 15 months and it is s much fun!

I am a fan on Facebook too!

The girls says:

Enjoy the littleness of your girl. Mine is almost two and I have a love/hate relationship with her ‘growing up’. I will always miss each milestone age as it passes.

Emilee says:

She has so much hair and is so beautiful. My son is also 13 months old. Love it.


Cam says:

what a sweet love letter to your little girl! she’s such a cutie!

Kristina says:

Ooh I love that picture of Lil J playing in the water! Adelaide enjoys playing in the water as well! 🙂

Kristina says:

I liked Dapple Gray Designs on FB!

Mishu says:

Take her to swimming lessons! We take LO to swimming lessons and she’s only 7 months but she loves being in the water!!

CurlyKye says:

It’s amazing how much she’s grown and awesome that you’ve shared your lives with us!

Mrs. K says:

THese are the cutest pics ever.

Faith says:

i love reading your letters to your daughter. they are so sweet. she is so blessed!

Renée says:

Wow, a month moves fast! 13 months already! Can’t believe I’m saying that, my daughter will be 5 in less than a month *tear*

Heidi says:

What a sweetie, I always enjoy looking at her pictures! And I must say that Gnomeville dress is adorable!!!

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Kristen says:

So precious!!!

One year old pictures were hard with my baby cause she kept walking away! Lol

Love the pictures!

toi says:

I am happy she loves water, water is GOOD :)!

YUMMommy says:

They grow so fast. Amazing how one little person can teach us so much about life and love.

Briann says:

such a sweet little girl!

Briann says:

i follow dapple on FB

allisa says:

Perfect little teeth!

allisa says:

I liked them! LOVE that dress!

Samantha says:

Absolutely love all her outfits!

Georges says:

Don’t you just LOVE those “Scrunchy face” smiles?! She’s super cute!


Georges says:

I Like “Dapple” on FB!


Anonymous says:

I can’t believe how fast they grow! You are such a great momma!

Nichole says:

I’m with you: my son’s 18 months until he’s two!

Also, you’re so right not to rush the walking!

Laurie S says:

I truly enjoy coming by your page either on facebook or the blog…watching Lil J through the eyes of such a loving mom…I too am gratefull for my lil miracle, Shaniya Rose…Your pics come out excellent especially with such a cooperative child :)and you and Lil J has inspired me to place my LO in boutique modeling.. keep up the good work!

Lashawnda Mathis says:

That dress is so super cute on Lil J. I wish we stayed closer so that they could have a playdate while you take photos lol (I bet you love how I threw the photos in there Hehe) I just love your photos and my Lil one is 12 months. Her and your Lil one would get along WONDERFULLY!!!

Seana says:

Love the candy shop photos! Can’t believe how much she is growing…It’s fun watching her grow since my son was born on July 6th… just a couple days apart! He started walking at 10 months….so be glad that lil J is content with not running everywhere yet! I consider you lucky

I love, love, love that middle pic of her! That smile is too sweet!

tamiv says:

What a Cutie Pie! She sure is a ham at taking pictures!

tamiv says:

I liked Dapple on Facebook(Tami Vollenweider) & left a comment!

Thierry123 says:

cool cool cool i loved you blog

and the articel

EMail: Thierry321@gmx.de

Anonymous says:

I love the letters you write to Lil J each month. You have inspired me to start writing letters to my own daughter! They will make wonderful keepsakes to give her one day.

And I would love to win the gift certificate!

katie6582 at yahoo dot com

Pamcakes says:

I love how you write. Your little one is going to love reading the love letters from her mommy when she grows up.
b dot ringer at hotmail dot com

daveshir2005 says:

I love these letters. I sure hope that someday I can share things like this with my daughter(I have no kids yet).

Jenreco says:

I love the wonderful smile in the first photo. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jodi says:

She is adorable! Love the gnome dress~
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Jodi says:

I like Dapple Gray and told her you sent me.
kershuk at comcast dot net

SolDucky says:

Oh goodness – she is adorable and so is that gnome dress.

SolDucky says:

I liked Dapple Gray on FB as sarah linette.

amyd says:

love the pictures

Erica C. says:

They have some super cute stuff!

Heather M says:

Sweet Letter! Love that she’s a model for them!
Like them on FB Heather Mahan

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Erica says:

Beautiful little girl and dress. I love what you wrote at the end to your little one. I feel exactly the same way about mine! 🙂
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