Akimashite omedetou gozaimasu! あけましておめでとうございます。 (That's how you say "Happy New Year" in Japanese.) As we start the new year, I think about how far you've already come. You're six months old and can sit up unassisted and you are starting to crawl (sort of). When I say crawl, you are able to drag your body around the floor... backwards. You get so frustrated because when you try to get a toy, you move farther and farther away from it and make raspberry noises to show your displeasure.
Wrong Way, Izzy
Before the new year, you got to see your Aunt Barbara, Uncle Chucky, Uncle Grant, Aunt Megan, Aunt Megan's mom, Ann Yo, Mimi, Pop Pop, and your cousins Lennox and Piper. You enjoyed playing with your cousins and sitting on your Pop Pop's lap.
On New Year's Day, mommy made toshikoshi soba using Mimi's recipe. Mommy makes this every year on New Year's Day. It is believed that eating the long noodles in the soup will give you a long life. You're a little too young to be eating long noodles right now. But when you get older, I'll teach you how to make it and eat it. Until then, you'll have to settle for your baby spare rib appeteether from your Aunt Megan.
Mommy and daddy's hope for you in the new year is for you to be healthy and happy. So far, so good. No matter who spends time with you, everyone always says what a happy baby you are. I hope that means we're doing something right with you. As long as you're happy, I'm happy.
Happy New Year, Isadora. We love you!