Claire - 5/19/07 - 13 months

My dear Claire,

Today you are 13 months old! You are so much fun! You have 6 teeth now and your hair is getting lighter. It's almost the same color as mine which is a change since it started off black as night. Your eyes are very pretty; the outer ring is blue and the inside is a dark green.

You started walking the week after your first birthday and I don't think you've crawled since! I think one of the sweetest things to see as a mother is your child learning to walk. It's adorable and you can just look at you and see all the effort it takes to keep your balance and to put one foot in front of the other.

You are such a funny little girl too. You walk with your arms up for balance and the left hand is ALWAYS in a tight fist and your right hand is raised too but you ALWAYS wave it when you walk. It's really funny to see. The funnest thing you do though is to take something of Kate's (her cup, blanket, toy) and run off with it. You will start dying laughing as you run off with her stuff. Kate starts laughing too and will chase you down to get her thing back. She'll always bring something with her to trade with you though. If you take her cup...she'll grab yours and run saying "NO SISSY! That's MY cup! Here's yours!" Then she'll take her cup back and give you yours. This happens multiple times a day and it really funny. As I'm writing this letter, Daddy just came in saying you had run off with Kate's shoes and thrown them in the toilet! You are funny funny.

Kate is very protective of you. One day this month Daddy had to give you a little spanking and you of course started to cry(you are slightly dramatic.) Kate said, "Claire does not like that...she just needs a hug." So she proceded to give you a big hug.

You are truely a joy and blessing to all of us and we are all so thankful for you. You make us smile and laugh and I can't believe we've had you with us for 13 months now.

I love you now and always,


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