I just got back yesterday from visiting Ohio. The niece turned one on Thursday and that was really the whole point of the visit. I got her a giant blue ball...the kind that are in those 12 foot tall "baskets" in walmart. My dad built her an awesome toy box. Among her other gifts she also got this--which was a huge hit. She ate her first ever piece of cake with two fists.
Last time I saw her she had trouble sitting up on her own. Now she walks everywhere , has teeth, and eats things like cheese ravioli and black olives.