Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Amelia is 11 months!!!

My sweet Amelia.  Why is it going so fast?  I feel like I start every letter to you in that way, but it could not be more true.  You are growing and learning new things every day.  It's a JOY to watch.  This one is emotional for me because it's the last letter before you're 1 year old.  

We added Louisiana and New Mexico to your states this month and you're pretty excited about it.  

 Your little scrunch nose smile melts our hearts.  It shows those teeth perfectly.  We're still waiting on more, though.  You're holding strong at 8, but your chewing and behavior tells me there's more coming soon. I just can't get in there to see without you biting me. 

You had your first Valentine's Day and enjoyed your little gifts.  As you grow and find love, I really hope you don't put a lot of pressure on V-day.  It's just a day, Sister.  Remember that.  

You. Love. All. Food.  Seriously.  You eat anything and everything.  You even snuck a peanut butter cracker.  😬 Oops.  GOOD NEWS:  you're not allergic.  I didn't think you would be, but I also hadn't planned on giving it to you yet, either.  Ha! #secondkidproblems

You also already had some milk from Oliver's cup.  You liked it, so I'm sure that transition will go well for you.

You learned how to copy-cat me and stick your tongue out.  Pretty adorable and hilarious.  Your laugh is throaty and awesome and Oliver can still get it out of you the best.  

You're getting better in the car, but still want to nurse to sleep.  I give in because the screaming in the car is not pleasant.  You also started sticking your finger in your mouth and gagging, which you think is the funniest thing.  Me?  Not so much.  Which makes you laugh even more.  😂

 You can clap and dance and you're really starting to walk more and more!  You point at pictures in books but also fuss when I get them out because you know it's nap/bed time.  

I was away from you for the first time (other than a few hours here and there) and you did great!  It was probably good for both of us, but I sure missed you (and your brother).  

I CAN FIT YOUR HAIR IN PIGTAILS.  The back keeps growing, not the top...so you're rocking the baby mullet.  

We think you're singing already.  You "lalalalala" in little melodies whenever you hear music.  You'll stop just long enough to dance when you hear a song on the TV and that's about all you care about in regards to shows.  

You officially started playing outside.  You LOVE the sand and water table.  You also like to find rocks and try to eat them, so I've gotta be on my toes.  One day, we came in and you were chewing on a tiny, red berry.    

You went through a phase of taking drinks of water and then immediately spitting it out on yourself and laughing.  STINKER.  There's also a new thing you're doing.  While I hold you, we hug Daddy.  You'll lean in and put your head on him, then push him away and pat me.  It's as if you're saying, "This is my mama."

When you're told "no" or something is taken away, you can throw a fit.  Sometimes, you'll fall to the ground, bury your head, and cry.  We laugh at you, I'm so sorry to say.  It's just so dramatic! 

Being confined in any way makes you very upset.  You love to walk around and explore.  But, we gotta do it sometimes.  You love being upstairs and playing because you can roam free.  Your interest in dolls is growing and it's so cute.  You pick them up (and stuffed animals, too) and pat them on their back.  Oliver's monkey is your favorite and he'll let you borrow it from time to time.  

That time you ate mud...

You'll still fall asleep nursing sometimes and I soak it up.  Look at that face!!!

You know the sign for milk!  That's about it.  

I mean...

My darling baby girl.  You have changed my life and I adore you.  I love you so very, very much.  THIS big and it gives you a hug.   

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Amelia is 10 months!!!

Dear Amelia,

Time continues to speed up and I'm really trying to soak it all in!  Your little personality is starting to blossom and bloom and it is a joy to see.  You've got some spunk, sister.  You're almost 11 months as I type this, so I thought I should go ahead and tell you what you've been up to...

After your 9 month appointment, the doctor prescribed iron drops and we've started those.  They stink! Blah.  But, I'm here to say your iron levels are now normal, yay!

You took your first steps on Jan. 21st!  Just a few, but it was so exciting and you're getting more and more comfortable. 

You love to eat and you eat anything.  You grab your hair while you eat, so that's fun to clean up...

You looooove your brother.  You follow him, play with his toys, and go to him when he's in time-out.  I pray y'all are always close. 

(He's in time-out behind this door...)

You're very proud of yourself when you win the nap strike.  But how can I be mad at this face?

Baths (when they happen 😬) are so much fun.  You love to splash and feel the water and you fuss when I take you out.

You scrunch your nose when you smile and it's adorable.

You're starting to like looking at books.  Before, you associated books with sleep and would cry when I got them out.  The Highlights books make you smile (especially the babies on the back) and you like the books with different textures.

Get it, girl. 😂
You've started kind of waving and you also have chewed up the crib.  Oliver's monkey is your very favorite and he lets you hold it from time to time.

You're pretty happy in the morning but are a little cranky after naps.  Nursing is still an all the time thing.  We're both okay with it =)

Putting blankets and towels on your face and playing peek-a-boo is a new skill!  You're so very proud of it.  And I'm pretty sure you're going to be a climber and not near as timid as your big brother.

When you crawl, you like too have something in your hand.  And you point now!  

Mississippi was added to your states this month.  I'm not sure what you're up to, but I'll check next month =)

You always have a finger in your mouth but I can't see any new teeth.  Still 8...4 on top and 4 on bottom.

You still fall asleep nursing sometimes and I'm trying to freeze this face and take mental pictures to go along with these.  I could eat you up. 

You met Honey Lue's dogs!  You were pretty scared at first, but a few minutes later, you were crawling with them and letting them lick you.

My sweet darling girl, I can't imagine life without you.  You have brought me so much joy.  Your spirit and spunk will allow you to do big things, this I know.  I want you to know just how strong you are and how much I love you!!!

May the stars always align for you...

Monday, February 6, 2017

Oliver is 3!!!

Dear Oliver,

My sweet, darling, most favorite very best boy.  I'm already crying.  It is bitter sweet to watch you grow.  Seeing you learn, develop, understand, ask questions, laugh, do big boy things...it's wonderful.  But, it also means you are no longer a baby.  Sometimes, I'll catch a glimpse of your baby face and chubby cheeks.  Rubber band wrists and paci-shaped teeth.  Shaggy hair.  But your appearance is changing right before our eyes.  (Though we still let your hair get shaggy from time to time.) 

You're still long and lean:
36 lbs
38.2 in

Day to day, we see little changes and new things happen.  Looking back at a year's worth of pictures reeeeeeaaaaaalllllly makes it sink in just how fast this whole thing is going.  I'm am so, so proud God chose ME to be your mama.  I'm honored to do this with you.  We are both learning.  You, my dear, are a great teacher.  Thank you for forgiving me quickly when I yell, for kissing me when I ask, for giving me big squeezes, and for making me laugh.

Your third year was HUGE.  Almost all your words sound just how they're supposed to.  Thomas isn't "ta-tee" anymore, which is a sad one for me.  Sometimes, you'll indulge me and say words how you used to.  We laugh about it and say, "awwwww!"   You can count to 12 then 14, 16, 19, 20.  It's pretty adorable.  You can even count things and point out numbers.  You know the ABC song but still don't really care about knowing your letters and that's ok!

We had a big snow right after you turned 2.  We played and made a tiny snowman then came in for hot chocolate and snow ice cream.  Such sweet moments to cherish.

You also started the year in a BIG BOY BED!  In preparation for baby sister, you got a new twin bed and we changed rooms.  We did naps at first then made the full transition.  You did great!  (And to this day, you still have yet to climb out.  You're awesome.)  This was your fist nap and yes, we cried.  It was the first moment of realizing how big you're getting!

You got your haircut 3 times (not counting trims by Daddy).  All you need is a sucker and maybe my  phone, and you're good to go!


You love outside.  We don't have a lot of outside toys.  We have more fun with dirt, mud, sand, and the occasional chalk!

You can be a little mischievous/curious at times, but for the most part, you are obedient and do the right thing.  When we were waiting for Amelia to join us, I was cleaning the bathroom upstairs and this is what you were up to.  It was so innocent and hilarious!

There's an obvious shift happening.  You are really starting to cling to Daddy.  It's normal and special and so sweet to see the father/son bond forming.  You still yell for me in the night and in the morning, though.  So, I'm holding on to that for as long as possible.    

A lot of the beginning of the year was just you and me.  Daddy started writing more and working extra in anticipation of Amelia.  And, if I'm being honest, sometimes I long for those days.  I didn't have anyone else to take care of but you.  I wish I would've held you more or at least napped with you.  There are songs I sing to you that remind me of that time (from Toy Story, Home, and Cars) and those songs will always make me think of the two of us.  I love you so!

You started showing interest in helping me "cwean" and doing chores like "soap" (laundry).

You love your books.  We still read every nap and every night, though sometimes we take them away if you disobey too much.  You've moved on to bigger books.  You can pay attention to the longer stories and you've even started kind of reading.  By that I mean, memorizing and knowing when to say the words and knowing when we skip pages.  Some favorites are Little Blue Truck, Red Truck, Gingerbread Man, Let's Be Polite, and any Thomas book.  

When we say, "What are the rules?"  You answer excitedly, "Be a polite, share, obey Mommy and Daddy."  Sometimes you do all those things and sometimes you don't.  It's been a hard learning year in that regard.  

This was our last picture of just you and me.  I went into labor after you and I played golf on Masters Sunday (see above pic) and so you went next door and had a sleepover with Whit!

You are such a good big brother!!!!  You will never know life without Amelia.  I miss the way you said Mena.  But the Muuuuulia of today is pretty sweet.  And sometimes you call her Sweetie, Mil, or Sweetheart.  I pray you two will always be close.  

You've mastered the art of picking boogers.  Amelia isn't sure about it, obviously.  

Look how tired I am!  Such a blur....  And there's you.  Always with some sort of vehicle in your hand.  I love it.  

BIG change:  you gave up your beloved Da.  You left them for the Paci Fairy and she brought you a new toy.  My word it was a hard couple days.  Hearing you cry and saying, "I need my da!  I miss my da" was heartbreaking.  But, in true Oliver form, you rocked it.  

A fun treat when Daddy gets gas at truck stops.  Also, you loooove truck stops.

Mud, dirt, cars, rocks.  That's you, son.

"Mommy, I need to wear Monkey and go shopping."  So precious!

You had another ER visit.  Staph on your eye.  The day we get to meet up with family in the Destin area.  Wonderful timing.  You were so brave, though!

A day with Thomas was a big treat!  You were so excited and did very well. 

You are smart and have a crazy memory.  Sometimes you'll say something and we're so surprised you remembered it!

You're a great sleeper and great eater!  I'm so thankful for that.

You still call our time on the road, "Check, check play."  And now you sing!  Your favorite songs are "Working Together" from Thomas (and a bunch of other songs from that show), "Drop It" from Home, "Twinkle Twinkle" and "Life is a Highway," which you call Mack.  

You really got into make believe and pretending this year.  You make up little conversations between your cars and trains and it's adorable.  

Last day as a 2 year old!

I'm sure I'm forgetting so much of what happened this year.  I try to keep records on my phone and in my mind, but I'm sure there are some precious nuggets that have not been remembered.  I hope I've given you some good (and funny) bullet points.  You are my favorite, best boy.

My prayer for you is that you always follow Jesus.   That you stand up for what is right and for those who have no voice.  I pray you are kind and brave and happy.  May you always find joy, despite the circumstances in which you find yourself.  

We love you this BIG and it gives you a hug.

And now, I leave you with some amazing quotes and words from your 3rd year:

Let's do dis
I'm so exciting!
Daisy a diesel (Day of the Diesel)
Wooooooooorkin dayger (Working together)
House brown (hash brown)
Dien coke
We're hittin' da road!
I can do that after I'm bigger.  After I'm 2 old.
Mena has yellow poop.  Mine is brown.
To da rexcue!
Can we pray for Santa?
Santa baby is so cute can I hold him?
Datflix (netflix)
Ativity (nativity)
*noticing my love handles*- Mommy?  You have lots of milk in there? 😳
Mommy, just get over it.  Just chill.
Sky is still awake?
It's a torm! (storm)
It's dork (dark)
Mommy?  You got tears?  I got nails.  On my feet.  
*points to Daddy's phone* - This is amazing?  This a dot com?