We've got a lot of "food" traditions in the Rice household: pink heart pancakes on Valentine's Day, green clover pancakes on St. Patrick's Day, Christmas morning orange rolls, Patti's Pasta, Josiah's Belly-Deli-sandwiches, Caleb's Wontons...
Ask any of your siblings and they'll tell you their favorite time of day...
...is our family dinner time. Sometimes our evening meals are enjoyed gathered around the kitchen island, perched on barstools and cafe chairs with Mommy flipping burgers and handing out platefuls of food like a short-order cook.
But for the most part our family meals take place around our double-leafed dining room table, chairs packed in as close as can be. Lit candles and quiet dinner music counter the clinking of silverware on plates and chattering children competing with each other to tell Daddy what the "best part of their day" was.
You take the whole scene in, absorbing every word spoken in between bites of food. You watch each speaker with careful interest and grin when the conversation turns to you.
You used to always sit on Daddy's lap at dinner time...we wanted you to be a part of everything, and you were so tiny for so long, you could barely stay in your high chair. Now that you're bigger, that glorious throne is your favorite place to be!
On your first birthday, Mama took you for your one year check-up. At the time you were eating a variety of foods, but nursing was your main source of nutrition. When you weighed in at a whopping 13 pounds, your doctor and I decided you needed a little fattening up.
2 and a half months later you are tipping the scales at 16 pounds 11 ounces- victory! Two thumbs up (and ten toes as well!) for calorie and fat loaded foods.... cottage cheese, yogurt dipped fruits, cream soaked cereals, buttered pastas, and nutella spread on everything we can think of. As your sister Abbi likes to say, "Don't we all wish we had Down syndrome!"
*this is your favorite way to eat- feet propped up on your food tray!
So proud of my little munchkin...you're the cutest thing since sliced bread!
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