Dear Gemma

I can’t help but think of how your name suits you perfectly. You are our treasure, a true gem.

You laugh so easily, and we all love to coax more out of you. As I write this, you’re eating and taking breaks between bites to give me cheesy, scrunched-up nose, toothy grins. And this is just a couple of hours after taking you to the doctor because you’re not feeling well.
IMG_0344You’re still a good little eater, as long as we steer clear of baby foods, and you’re taking to milk like a champ. You say a few words now, get loud and frustrated when we stop you from getting our phones, remotes, or iPads, and have learned a few new tricks, such as dancing, shaking hands and waving bye-bye. Even when it’s cold, you love it when you’re outside with the wind in your face. You love to climb, so we have to be careful of where we move your little chair, lest we find you on top of the coffee table (again).
IMG_0345Even though you only say a couple of words clearly, we noticed that you sing. Dad first realized that you were singing part of Shut Up and Dance (A+ parenting) but you also sing the Alleluia from church all day long.
IMG_0343You also love your big sisters so much. Nearly every day, when I ask you to find Sophie, you head down to her room and wait for me to let you in so you can go wake her up from her nap. Grace plays little games with you, too, and your dad and I love to see the different bonds you have with the bigger girls. Lately, you have been loving when they’ll put their headbands, tiaras, and hats on you. I continually have to remind them that you’re not one of their baby dolls when they get a bit too aggressive!
IMG_0342Happy first birthday, baby girl! You bring us so much joy, and we really can’t remember life without you in it. We love love love you, little Gem.

7 Responses to "Dear Gemma"

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  1. Jacob

    January 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Oh man those pictures are so funny! Happy birthday Gems!

  2. Sara LaBruzzo

    January 12, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    She makes my heart sing!!

  3. Margaret

    January 12, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    What a charmer. Love that girl!

  4. Mary Anne Bender

    January 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    You are truly a grand “grand-niece”, Gemma!! We are so happy your Ohio Grandma sent us these special pictures on your first birthday!! Lots of love, Uncle Bob and Aunt Mary Anne

  5. Lisa

    January 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Haha, the thing I hate most about Shut Up & Dance is that I know I can’t listen to it when the older girls are around. 😉
    Happy 1st Birthday, Gemma!

  6. Laura

    January 15, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I always love your “Dear Gemma” posts – she sounds like such a little ray of sunshine! Happy 1st Birthday to your precious girl!

  7. colleen martin

    January 15, 2016 at 11:54 am

    She’s adorable 🙂


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