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’veย  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.
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  1. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lil J is adorable!

  2. 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!!)

  3. 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!

  4. 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 =)

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

    froggy_luver at hotmail dot com

  12. 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!

  13. 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!!!

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚
    cinderwhims at gmail dot com

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