this picture is proof that my baby will be a toddler in a few short weeks. this realization hit me hard today, but i can't say i'm upset about it. i am so excited for everything her second year has in store for us. she is talking and mimicking our words more and more with each passing week. she is getting up the courage to stand on her own for a few moments at a time. i know walking is not far behind. she is independent as always, but is learning that snuggling with me is also a perfectly acceptable way to pass the time. her hair is getting longer. her frame is thinning out as she becomes more mobile. she has teeth. she has preferences for books, toys, videos and songs. she dances. my heart dances with her. she grows. my heart grows with her. i cannot wait for her to be my toddler, but she will always be my baby.