BabyBrownSugar Update: 1 Year

by Christina Brown

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I woke up on Wednesday morning misty-eyed but filled with so much gratitude. God has blessed me with the most precious gift of life - a beautiful, sweet, smart, inquisitive, happy, talented and amazing daughter named Cadence. Wednesday, February 4th was her first birthday and I want the world to know how incredibly amazing she is. If I could make her special day a national holiday I would. Cadence is a whole year old.

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I still remember when the doctors told me I was having a girl and how overjoyed I was about carrying a mini-me. I remember feeling her first kicks and feeling her dance to music for the first time. It all seems like it was just yesterday and now she's going from infant to toddler status.

In true monthly update, fashion, here’s what Cadence has been up to now that she’s officially 12 months:

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Cadence shakes her head "yes" and "no"

Wanna know if she does or doesn't want something, or if she's done eating? Just ask her. She now appropriately shakes her head yes and no. She also sometimes throws in an aggressive hand-waving or a flurry of angry kicks if she's REALLY adamant. It's quite entertaining.

Cadence hums the tune to the ABC's and her favorite intro songs to Sprout Channel shows.

I can't quite explain my utter joy and excitement when I first walked into the room only to hear her singing the tune of "ABC's" aka "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". I've been singing Cadence the ABC song literally since she was born. It never occurred to me that one day she would actually be able to sing it back to me. *cries in a corner* Anyway, she now also loves singing along to the Happy Birthday song on The Chica Show as well as singing the intros to Super Why and Zou.

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Cadence dances on beat.

I mean, let's be real, she's been dancing on beat from the womb. But now that she's old enough to actually dance on her own two feet, it's readily apparent that she has rhythm (like her name implies). I really think she may have a career in music. Or at least she will grow up loving it!

Cadence knows when she's doing something she shouldn't be.

Gone are the days when Cadence would sit in her little chair and giggle and watch Mommy without touching anything or creating mischief. Nope, now she touches everything. But more than that, she knows when she's NOT supposed to touch something because she peeks at me out the corner of her eye before proceeding to touch it. This girl is a trip.

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Cadence Likes:

- All Meghan Trainor music including "All About That Bass" and "Lips Are Sealed"

- Rice (I can't get her to eat chicken but she will ALWAYS always eat the rice)

- Playtime with other kids (She's a social butterfly like her mama!)

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Cadence Dislikes:

- Her snowsuit (Something to the tune of that scene in "A Christmas Story" when Ralph's little brother Randy gets dressed up in his snow pants and such and then cries because he now has to use the bathroom. She hates it.)

- Socks (She pulls them off. Always. She gets it from me, I hate socks too.)

- Getting her hair done (She despises it with a passion. I'm praying she grows out of this phase quick. Like girl. Hair must be laid.)

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Words can’t express how grateful I am to have experienced an entire year of motherhood to date. I still remember being pregnant with her and finding out I had to slow down completely to be on bedrest or she may come earlier than expected.

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That was my first big lesson in sacrifice for your child. Since then Cadence has taught me so much about being selfless and loving unconditionally.

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Thank you all for following her journey and mine. To another year of happiness and life lessons as a mother!