Today you are 13 months old. It's so hard for me to believe that you're now past a year. You are so much fun to be with, and you make me laugh constantly. You have become quite the little explorer, especially in the kitchen. Taking the straws, plastic bags, and wax paper bags out of their respective boxes entertains you greatly. You love looking at the pantry shelves and looking at all the cans and jars of food. A big thing for you right now is learning that things go in and out, on and off, etc. You are trying so hard to do things yourself, and your Daddy and I are constantly reminded that you can do new things, and to let you try. Here's a picture of you feeding yourself soup for the first time yesterday!
You love to go outside -- the dirt, rain, water, and grass are all wonderful to you. And luckily, you love shower water as well so we can get you clean. Today for your 13 month birthday we went berry picking again. It wasn't raining when we arrived, but it was pouring by the time we stopped picking and started heading back to the car, and like a true native Oregonian, that was just fine with you (I'm sure the Alaskan genes helped, too). We got more raspberries, but we also got boysenberries and marionberries. You weren't too sure about the boysenberries and marionberries, but I was happy to get them. We're having marionberry-raspberry crisp tonight.
(Boysenberries on the left, raspberries, and marionberries on the right.)
I love you so much, my sweet 13 month old boy!