Letters to Elizabeth, 10 months

Dear sweet, baby girl,

You are 10 months old and getting to be such a big girl! At your 9 month check-up you weigh 16 lb 10 oz and measured just over 27 inches long. You’re petite for you age, but your doctor says you are doing great.


You started really rolling around this month. Even though you’ve been rolling for awhile, this month you started rolling to get from place to place. You are also pushing up with your hands more and trying to inch your way around while on your tummy. You pull your legs up and wiggle you bottom. Now we just need to work on doing both of those at the same time.


You got your first tooth this month too. You hadn’t been sleeping well for a week or so and I asked your doctor if he thought it might be your ears or maybe a tooth. He said that your ears looked great, but it could be teething. Sure enough, two days later I stuck my finger in your mouth and felt the sharp edge of a tooth! The sleeping trend has continued, so I wonder if there is another tooth in there working it’s way through.


You continue to love food and have completely given up on purees. There are very few foods that you have tried that you don’t like. You love toast, pasta, chicken, strawberries, green beans, sweet potato and peas. You started drinking through a straw, even though most of the time you end up spitting the water right back.

IMG_9595Just yesterday you started clapping when I ask you to clap for me. I was so excited when you did it I almost cried. You’ve been doing a waving motion for months but I’m not sure that is really what you are doing. When you get excited your little hands start going around and around and you flap your arms. You are such a joy, sweet girl and we love you more and more every day.



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A Great Wolf Trip

For Will’s birthday, we decided to spend a night at the Great Wolf Lodge. I love getting him things that he can experience, rather than more things to sit around the house. The Great Wolf Lodge is basically a kid’s dream of a hotel. Among other amenities, there is a water park inside the hotel, only steps from your room. We packed as much into the weekend away as we could, but the real reason for the trip was the water park.

Will really started loving the water and swimming last year. He would go and go and seemed to never run out of energy. After a lull over the winter, I knew an early trip to the pool would be something he would really enjoy. What I didn’t expect is how daring he would be.


There were several different kinds of slides at the park. There were three kiddie slides in smaller pool for the younger kids. He started there and really seemed to enjoy going down all three of them.

He even got a little silly on the kiddie slides, going down on his back and even going down backwards. After getting a little bored on those slides, he and Kevin went to explore a little bit. There were all kinds of things for the kids to do and soon they came back to tell me that Will had gone down one of the big slides all on his own. Kevin was planning on going down with him, but when they got to the top, the lifeguard told them they would have to go down one at a time. Kevin was anxious for Will to go on his own and went down first hoping that being at the bottom when Will came down would help if Will was scared. Kevin said the whole time he was riding the slide down he was thinking “He’s not going to like this. He’s going to get scared.” Kevin waited patiently at the bottom of the slide for Will and finally Will came down with a big gush of water and a gigantic smile on his face. Needless to say, he loved it. He ended up going down all of the big slides in addition to the kiddie ones.

He also loved just swimming in the pools though, which makes me really excited for summer time.

Overall the trip was a success and I would love to go back. Especially when Lizzy is old enough to really enjoy the water park too. She ended up sleeping through most of the fun this time! Poor thing!

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Letters to Elizabeth, 9 months

Oh my sweet girl, I can hardly believe that you are nine months old already! Time is going by way too fast and no matter how I try, I can’t seem to get it to slow down. You’ve developed a very predictable routine over the last couple of months–you wake up close to six, take naps at nine and one, and you are most definitely ready for bed by seven. You are eating three meals a day now and seem to really enjoy food. At some meal times you can out-eat your brother. He better watch out, because you don’t mess around when it comes to meal time.


Like most children, you love being outside. We have had some really nice days the last month and we’ve been on walks, taken trips to the park, and just hung out in the yard, you love it all. You love to swing and you seem to be perfectly content hanging out on a blanket and watching the world go by. There are so many things to see and talk to!


Speaking of talking, you’ve perfected your da-da-da and seem to use it for just about everything, until you get mad (which rarely ever happens). When you are mad all you can say is ma-ma-ma-ma. You seem to be talking a lot though and there is a lot of inflection in your voice, which is fun to hear.


You have such a happy personality and sometimes I just can’t believe how much you smile, giggle and laugh. When you get excited you start twirling your hands and kicking your feet. And you have the best “cheese” face I have every seen. You grin and squint and make an “eeee” sound that is just precious beyond words. You aren’t moving too much yet and I’m ok with that. You roll some, sit with easy and can bend in ways I can only imagine bending. Sometimes you bend so far forward that you end up on your belly.


This month we celebrated your first Easter and birthdays of your brother, cousin and great grandfather, took your first trip to the golf course and first train ride. You aren’t sleeping through the night, but your sleep has improved. The last month was relatively healthy too! You’ve created your own little spot in this family of ours and I am so grateful that you have.

We love you baby girl. More that you will ever know.



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William turns 4

When your first baby turns one, you throw a huge party and invite the whole family and as many friends as you can cram into your house. You spend the day so excited for your sweet boy who is no longer a baby, that you don’t have time to think about how much has changed in just one year.


When he turns two, you dial back the party. You realize he likely won’t remember much of the day, but still make the day special for him. Is not as big of a deal because you’ve already done the birthday thing.


Three means he’s no longer a toddler, but he’s still your little boy. He understands more and is excited for his birthday party. And then all of a sudden, your sweet baby is turning four.


Four years old seems so much older to me than three years old. Are you sure that another year didn’t sneak in there? All of a sudden there is a boy running around the house, having adult-like conversations with you. He’s a year away from starting kindergarten!  I didn’t cry on his first birthday, or his second, or his third. This one may get me though.


William, four years ago you made me a momma. You have turned into such a smart, rambunctious, sweet, ornery, funny boy and momma and daddy love you so very much.

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Easter Pictures 2015

Easter weekend was chalk full of family fun this year. Our nephew celebrated his third birthday on Saturday and Sunday was full of church, egg hunts, good food and lots of family time. It’s weekends like this that make me realize how nice it is to live in the same town as most of our close family.


Will was so into egg hunting, it’s about all he could talk about for the week leading up to Easter. If he wasn’t talking about the eggs he was telling us the Easter story with astounding detail. Will attends a wonderful Christian preschool with a wonderful teacher, whom we adore. She shares her love for Christ in a way that excites the kids. Anyway, Will could have hunted eggs all day long if we would have let him. There were multiple rounds of hiding and hunting throughout the day.


Lizzy like to hold the eggs and gum them. She’s not moving yet, so she wasn’t much competition when it came to hunting for the eggs. Next year though? Oh boy. Will better look out!

It seems like we either get lots and lots of pictures on the holidays, or we wind up taking one family picture at the very end of a very long day. Sunday, we took lots, so please excuse my over-sharing. That’s all you really come here for anyway, right? :)


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Letter to Elizabeth, month 8

Dear sweet, baby girl,

You aren’t as much of a baby anymore, although there are time where I wish you would stay little forever. You are really starting to interact with us now. You tell your brother when you are not happy that he stole your toy. You smile and bang on your tray during meal times when you like what you are having. You grin and giggle and kick your legs when we come over to you and cry when we walk away.


We spent most of the last month under the weather. Your brother was pretty good about sharing his preschool germs with the rest of the family. You made your first trip to the emergency room when you started having a little trouble breathing while battling RSV. After a breathing treatment and a good suction, you were in much better shape.


You’ve perfected sitting and can now sit for long periods of time all by yourself. Eventually you start to topple over, but you seem to enjoy sitting and playing and being able to look all around. You are constantly grabbing for anything you can get your hands on–toys, blankets, noses, cheeks. Anything is fair game. You still aren’t much for rolling, but you’ve been lifting you bottom and arching your back recently. You can work your way around and around just by doing this.


You started really eating this month. Before it seemed like you didn’t really know why we were putting these foreign purees in your mouth, but something clicked in the last month and you seem to really be enjoying eating now. You don’t mind being spoon fed, but you also like to have something to pick up and eat yourself too. Sweet potatoes are definitely your favorite, but other than peas, I haven’t found anything that you will turn dow.


Sometimes it’s hard to believe that you have been with us for eight months now and other times it seems like you’ve been here forever. I say it every month, but you are so darn happy. Even when you were sick, you tried so hard to still be happy. You started cuddling into my shoulder and I like to think that it’s your way of giving me a hug. It makes my heart swell and tears come to my eyes. Baby girl, we love you more and more each day.

Lots of love,


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Letters to Elizabeth, 7 months

Dear sweet Elizabeth Kate,

You really gave us a run for our money this month. I feel like we spent the entire month try to get you to sleep. You seemed to only be able to nap for a maximum of 45 minutes at a time. Night time sleep was marginally better. I was convinced that it was just a phase at first, but as the days dragged on into weeks I knew something had to change. I tried everything I could think of before taking you into the doctor, just to make sure nothing was wrong. You were deemed perfectly healthy–thankfully and after trying a few things, we found that you sleep much better on your tummy. I was a nervous wreck to leave you on your belly, but you are old enough now that doctor said it was perfectly fine. Thank goodness because it made quite a difference!


You perfected your tummy to back rolling this month. In fact keeping you on your tummy can be quite the challenge when you are awake. You’ve also showed some interest in rolling from you back to your tummy. I think you may have done it once or twice, but can’t be sure that you didn’t have a little help from your brother. He wouldn’t admit to helping you, but I have my suspicions. You are getting pretty good at sitting up, but you still need a little support. You aren’t quite ready to sit on your own just yet, but I’m sure its not too far away.


We tried a few more solid foods this month. You seemed to enjoy sweet potatoes, but you weren’t really sure about carrots, peas or bananas. Most of the time the food still gets spit back out, but you’ve gotten better at swallowing little bits. You open your both big and wide when you see the spoon coming your way. Sometimes I’m not fast enough with the next bite and when I look up, your mouth is already wide open, like a little baby bird.


We took you to your first college basketball game and celebrated your first Valentines Day. I want to remember you just as you are right now. I don’t  ever want to forget your toothless grin, whispy hair, or roll polly arms and legs. I hope that you always think that your brother is as funny as you do right now (ha!) and that you will always feel the overwhelming love and joy that you bring to our lives.

20150222_131447 Sweet girl, we love you so.


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