My daughter turning 1 is a big deal in our culture. My parents are very traditional and helped us prepare a morning tea for the occasion. The Vietnamese word for first birthday is “Thôi Nôi”. “Thôi” means to leave or stop whilst “Nôi” means baby cradle. Figuratively, this marks a new chapter in the baby’s life. Passing the 1 year mark and entering a new period – Becoming a Toddler.
Today is my daughter’s first birthday! I can’t believe how quickly it has gone by and I find myself reflecting on the year that has passed. I’ve never used so many adjectives to describe how I feel. There are not enough words to describe how much I have grown in this past year and how much she has taught me.