And just like that, we have a one year old. It feels like just yesterday that we were headed to the hospital. Now, we have the most amazing little girl in our life. It is true what they say- the days are long but the years are short.
About three weeks before turning one, Luca took her first set of consecutive steps across our living room, and basically hasn't crawled since! We are so proud of her. Once she sets her mind to something, there is no stopping her.
A few days after her first steps, we left for 3 weeks worth of traveling. First was a road trip to Lake Tahoe for a work event. Luckily we were able to stop and visit with family on the way up and home, which helped break up the drive. Then, after a quick stop back home, we flew to Hawaii for a week. We spent as much of the flight as we could walking with Luca up and down the aisle, smiling at the other passengers, and just keeping busy. Once in Hawaii, we had a great time showing Luca all of our favorite spots, including the beach where we got married. We filled our days with visits to the beach, the pool, and trying to seek shade where ever we could. We had a great time, but it is nice to be home where everything is baby proofed and we can let our guard down a little.
We returned just before her birthday and had a small party in a local park. Luca was a little unsure of it all, including the cake, but we had a lot of fun celebrating this amazing year. One of our friends took a video of all of us singing "Happy Birthday" to Luca and now it is one of her favorite videos to watch.
It was a big month to round out Luca's first year. Here are our favorite pictures of our sweet girl:
|At her last swim class, Luca learned how to pull herself out of the pool.|
|Cottage cheese, she can't get enough!|
|At the kids' pool in Tahoe. Luca loved that it was just her size.|
|Looking for dada, who took a swim in the Lake.|
|Building sand castles with dad.|
|On the move!|
|Amazing tide pool at Kukio Beach.|
|Splashing in the waves!|
|Our only family pic from the week... at least we got one!|
|We were up early everyday, so the beach was entirely ours.|
|Playing in the pool with dad.|
|The water was so calm in the morning.|
|Always on the move!|
|The only pic of me and the birthday girl!|
|Happy Birthday, Luca! You are so, so loved.|