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A Letter to My One Year Old Big Boy Valentino

Dear Valentino,

Happy Birthday my love! I love you so so so so much! Your first year flew by without any major accidents (knock on wood) and you managed to get by a whole year without getting sick once! Let’s try and keep this up!

You are such a pleasant baby, but you weren’t always like this. For the first two months of your life you really made us work, keeping us up all night with your horrifically loud screams and cries. Daddy and I had to wear earphones while soothing you, and daddy would drive in circles with you in the car just to get u to sleep. But as soon as the car would stop at a red light you went back to screaming :p We even thought you may be a colic baby. You more than made up for all those long sleepless nights starting your third month, and you have slept a full nights sleep without waking us up (for the most part) ever since.

You have soared in your developmental milestones, even though you had a rough patch during your first two months. Because I was unable to produce much breast milk, you went starving for too long. I promise you that you will never go hungry again.

You were able to roll after two weeks, and you were crawling at three months. By five months you were pulling yourself up to a standing position (and then you would get stuck standing, not knowing how to get back down, and then cry) and by 9 months you were taking your first steps. By ten months you were running. By month 12 you have started trying to climb onto furniture and out of your crib.

You started eating solid foods at 5 months. You eat all kinds of healthy foods and while daddy and I hardly cook for ourselves, we always make sure to cook the healthiest organic foods for you. You love all kinds of foods (except for avocados) and you absolutely love chomping on crunchy snacks with your front teeth. Your first tooth popped out at 5 months, and by the time you turned 1 you had 7 cute little teeth!

Ever since you were a newborn, you had this thing about pointing your finger at people. You would point at anyone and everyone. You also love poking people on the nose. Including Sir Edward.

You absolutely love playing with and chasing Sir Edward. Sir Edward loves you as well and let’s you pull his ears and poke him in the face. You enjoy your extracurricular activities (you started Chinese classes and swimming classes when you were 9 months old) and you love socializing with your classmates.

At home you spend your days with much independent play time, reading time, and wrestling time with your daddy when he finishes work. You look to your mommy whenever you need something (food, sleep or a new diaper). You love taking baths in your big rubber ducky bath, and you don’t even flinch when water gets in your eyes. When the weather is nice outside you love taking walks around the neighborhood and in Reston town center, where you like to eat mommy’s frozen yogurt. Sir Edward is always vigilant in protecting you during our afternoon walks.

As a personality, you are an overall happy baby who fusses minimally. You love strangers (not sure if that’s a good thing) and you love playing with your grandparents and auntie Sara. Your favorite song is “row row row your boat” and your first word was “row”. You love clapping and you do this funny dance where you bend your knees and kind of look like you’re doing squats while clapping your hands. You love having conversations with us in baby talk (ga, gaga, da, dada, zhe, nanana, mmmm, row row row row, yayaya). Whenever you’re concentrating on something you point at it and make this loud monster like noise ( that sounds like : eegggghhhhhhhh).

You love reading books, but rather than reading them, you prefer to eat them, so I’ll have to hide them away from you and only bring them out during reading time. You also like chomping on your crib, and we have even noticed chipped paint from around the windows in your room. I asked you about it once and you pointed at Sir Edward. But we both know who’s guilty. You little woodchuck.

Happy first birthday, Valentino! You have brought so much happiness and love into our lives. For you I have big dreams…. And while I wish for you to become an ambitious go getter and president of the United States one day, I will be the happiest in the world if you just continue being good, know your right from wrong, and always do the right thing.

I love you to the moon and back.

Love always,

Mom and dad

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About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.