My Dear Little Ones

--Letters to my little ones--

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We’ve been back in Colorado for a week. We’re waiting for our tenants to move out of our house, then need to do some minor renovations before we are able to move in, but it feels good to be “home.” Even if that home is my sister’s house. 

The kids are doing ok. Naps and sleeping has been a bit rough, but I know it could be much worse. 

Hopefully we’ll be in our house by the end of next week. Send us good renovation/move-in juju!

We’ve been back in Colorado for a week. We’re waiting for our tenants to move out of our house, then need to do some minor renovations before we are able to move in, but it feels good to be “home.” Even if that home is my sister’s house.

The kids are doing ok. Naps and sleeping has been a bit rough, but I know it could be much worse.

Hopefully we’ll be in our house by the end of next week. Send us good renovation/move-in juju!

My Dear Albina,

Happy 13 months!

I can’t believe a month has passed since your first birthday! 

This month you’re so mobile, but you’re still not quite walking. You’re standing and balancing on your own, and you’re pushing everything you can across the floor while you walk behind it, but you refuse to even try to take a step on your own - no matter how much prompting and encouragement I give you. To be honest, I am okay with you taking your time because running after you and your brother is a whole new world, I am not quite ready for!

Food-wise, you love pretty much everything I feed you. You’re such a good eater! Right now, you still love baked sweet potato fries more than anything, but you also love most fruit, waffles, pizza, sun butter sandwiches, cheese, crackers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, bagels with cream cheese, and yogurt. I love how much you love food!

You love playing with your brother, you especially love playing with his trains, and making food in the play kitchen. The other day, after a very rough morning I just needed a moment to myself and I said out loud, “Albina, I wish you would go make some food in your kitchen while Mommy takes a moment.” You turned your little body in the direction of the kitchen, crawled over, and began playing in the kitchen. You also love wearing necklaces. I can ask you where your necklaces are and you will crawl to find them and put them on. You do it all on your own, and almost always have a necklace around your neck.

Since we bought the sound machine you’re sleeping 7pm-7am almost all nights. We had planned to move you into the room with your brother once you were sleeping better, but found out this month that we are moving back to Colorado next month. We decided to wait until after the move to put you in a room together. 

Last weekend we went to Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu. Our favorite beach. I want to have as many beach days as we can before our move! You and Oliver love the sand and water so much (and of course Mommy and Daddy, too)!

Well little girl, this next month is full of some big changes for our family, but I can’t wait to share them all with you!

Love Always,

Mommy

My Dear Oliver,

Last night, I took you to your first movie in a theater. We saw “Planes.” We got popcorn, fruit snacks, and soda. You anxiously watched previews and were so excited when the movie started!

The movie was close to your bedtime. The last 20 minutes I could tell you we’re starting to get restless and antsy. I explained that just like while riding in an airplane - we had to stay quiet in our seats, and encouraged your interest in the whether Dusty would win the race. Without too much commotion, we made it to the end of the movie. 

I’m so proud of you! I really wasn’t sure if you’d last the movie or not, but I’m glad you did. 

You’re growing up to be such an awesome little kid. Everyday I am so amazed at what you’re learning, saying, and understanding. Everyday I am so proud to be your Momma!

Much love, 
Mommy

My Dear Oliver,

Last night, I took you to your first movie in a theater. We saw “Planes.” We got popcorn, fruit snacks, and soda. You anxiously watched previews and were so excited when the movie started!

The movie was close to your bedtime. The last 20 minutes I could tell you we’re starting to get restless and antsy. I explained that just like while riding in an airplane - we had to stay quiet in our seats, and encouraged your interest in the whether Dusty would win the race. Without too much commotion, we made it to the end of the movie.

I’m so proud of you! I really wasn’t sure if you’d last the movie or not, but I’m glad you did.

You’re growing up to be such an awesome little kid. Everyday I am so amazed at what you’re learning, saying, and understanding. Everyday I am so proud to be your Momma!

Much love,
Mommy

My Dear Albina,

My Dear Albina,

 

Happy Birthday! I can’t believe how quickly these last 12 months have passed! You’ve grown from a teeny tiny squish into such an amazing little toddler right before my eyes.  I am so happy you joined our family and so proud to be your Mama.

The last 2 months have been very busy for our family, but as usual – you just roll with whatever you encounter. We’ve had some trips to the ocean, a trip to Ojai to see an out of town friend, and celebrated the 4th of July with a parade and grilling. You were fast asleep before fireworks started, but I am sure you would have loved them.

You have 6 chompers, and love to eat. Right now you love sweet potato slices, blueberries, edamame, and cheese. You will also eat pretty much whatever your brother decides to share with you. You also love your sippy cup these days. You love to drink your almond milk and water. You also try to get ahold of Oliver’s juice cup whenever he leaves it within your reach.

You’re almost walking. You love to walk around while holding onto my hands and your push walker. I sometimes can get you to hold onto just one hand, but you’re still unsteady and aren’t quite sure of yourself just yet. You’re starting to climb into and out of small totes and boxes, and trying to climb on top of things. Most things like the couch are still too high for you, which is fine by me for now.

We play outside a lot and you really love being outdoors. You love the water table and crawling around in the backyard. You love the swings when we go to the park, and you love being worn when we go on walks. Sometimes we switch off being worn and being in the stroller with your brother and you’re usually pretty happy either way.

You don’t cry much, and you’re a fairly happy child, but when you don’t get what you want, like if Oliver won’t share the iPad with you, or Mommy won’t let you have a drink of her beverage you make the saddest face and burst into tears. It’s the cutest and saddest thing all at the same time.

You’re finally sleeping through the night after months of waking several times. I give full credit to the sound machine we recently purchased. Hopefully soon we’ll be able to transition you into the same room with your brother.

Well my sweet, sweet little Bina, having you in our family makes me such a happy Mommy. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings for all of us!

Love Always,

Mommy 

My Dear Oliver,

You are talking so much these days! Today was one the the best stories so far. We were driving in the car, and you were chattering in the back.  

"Airplanes have wings. Birds have wings. Birds fly in the sky. Penguins have wings. Penguins do not fly. Penguins fall on the ice and penguins swim. Seals eat penguins. Seals eat penguins for food. With teeth. Mmm, food. Mmmm, cheese. Oliver eats cheese."

Besides a few confirmations like, “yes, penguins do have wings,” and “you’re right, seals do have teeth,” this is verbatim. I am loving watching your personality unfold with your vocabulary and logic.

Love you so much little dude.

Love always,

Mommy

My Dear Albina,

Happy 10 Months, sweet girl!

This past month has flown by so quickly! I can’t believe we’re in the double digits for months now. Pretty soon you’re going to be a year old – and it seems like just yesterday I was pregnant with you!

This month you started crawling all over the place! You will crawl from bedroom to bedroom, through the living room and kitchen and right out the back door to the yard without even blinking an eye. Oliver loves to crawl around with you, yelling “Bia, come on!” Then you chase after him, with both of you giggling!

Speaking of Oliver, he still gets the most and best laughs out of you. You both are so funny together; I envision days when you’re both older and scheming to get into some kind of trouble with the way you both play together now. The other day, he was running around in his room with a flashlight with the light off. You crawled in there, and he shut me out, saying “Just Bia!” I waited outside the door momentarily, you both sounded like you were having so much fun, that after peeking to see he was playing nicely, I almost felt bad infringing on your sibling time when I wanted to be in there, too.

Grandma and Grandpa G came to visit us for a weekend. We spent a morning shopping with Grandma, had many park trips with Grandpa, and you loved all of the attention. I feel sad that you won’t know you’re grandparents in the way that I knew mine, living so close to them – but I hope someday we can fix that for you.

You completely gave up pureed food. It was practically overnight. You went from sort of eating finger foods, and mostly purees to just spitting them out of your mouth and refusing to eat them all together. Currently you love pasta, bread, egg whites, bagels with cream cheese, crackers, yogurt melts, and anything your brother sneaks onto your tray. Although I did get you to eat small pieces of steamed broccoli recently, so I feel pretty good about that, too!

You now have your two bottom teeth. You’re gnawing on everything. I can see a few more under the surface.

Well sweet girl, I can’t believe I am already beginning to plan your first birthday party. Everyday, I am so happy to share this life with you!

 Much Love,

 Mommy

My Dear Albina,
I can’t believe how much you’ve grown. Looking at pictures today from last Mother’s Day when I was seven months pregnant - I just can’t believe how quickly the last year has gone.  I was so afraid of having a girl, I was afraid I wouldn’t know how to parent you, didn’t know how different it would be. Would I love you the same way? Would you love me? Would it be hard with two little ones less than two years apart?
Now I can see that all those fears were so silly. You are the most amazing little girl. You’re friendly, sweet, and so happy most of the time. You make loving you so easy, and I am the luckiest Momma to have you in our family.  Love you so much, more than you will ever know.
Always,
Mommy

My Dear Albina,

I can’t believe how much you’ve grown. Looking at pictures today from last Mother’s Day when I was seven months pregnant - I just can’t believe how quickly the last year has gone.  I was so afraid of having a girl, I was afraid I wouldn’t know how to parent you, didn’t know how different it would be. Would I love you the same way? Would you love me? Would it be hard with two little ones less than two years apart?

Now I can see that all those fears were so silly. You are the most amazing little girl. You’re friendly, sweet, and so happy most of the time. You make loving you so easy, and I am the luckiest Momma to have you in our family.  Love you so much, more than you will ever know.

Always,

Mommy

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My Dear Albina,

Happy 9 months!

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I can’t believe how big you are getting! At your 9-month appointment you are 20 pounds, putting you into the 85 percentile for weight! You’re also in the 80th percentile for height and head! You’ve outgrown most of your 9-month clothes (mostly in height) and are in 12-month clothes already.

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You’re a great eater. You love feeding yourself puffs, pasta, crackers, and you especially love homemade graham crackers.  You are also eating some purees. You love carrots, green beans, and peaches. You also love guacamole. We’ve been practicing with a sippy cup and also a straw cup, but you’re not completely thrilled with either yet so we’ll keep trying.

You’re babbling/talking all the time. You say “mama,” “dada,” “yaya,” and lots of other nonsense noises, but “mama” was one of your first big sounds! You also like to scream and shriek when you’re happy and when you’re sad. You don’t cry much when you’re sad, you mostly shriek! You still don’t give full belly laughs very often, but when you do laugh, it is usually involves your brother.

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You finally popped a tooth! You have 1 tooth, and I can see several just under the surface, and you’re gnawing on everything.

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You’re still not crawling all over the place. You can crawl a little, but you mostly army crawl/scoot/roll. You do pull yourself up on things into a standing position though! I am convinced you’re just going to start walking, and skip crawling altogether.

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This month, it has been getting warm enough to spend time out doors playing with water. We even set up the pool. You love splashing with your brother, but aren’t always happy when he pours water on your head.

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Well little love, it has been our best month yet, and I am so looking forward to more adventures with you; watching you grow up everyday!

Much Love,

Mommy

My Dear Little Ones,
Everyday I am amazed at how much love you have for each other. 
Oliver can get the biggest, loudest laughs out of Bina, and he always wants to “check on her” when he hears her fussing in her room. He calls her “my sisser, Bia.” 
Albina has no interest in her own toys, she always wants to play with Oliver, and Oliver’s toys. So far, both play so well together; it makes me so happy to see them building their special sibling relationship.
I can’t believe we’ve been a family of four for more than 9 months now!
Love Always,
Mommy

My Dear Little Ones,

Everyday I am amazed at how much love you have for each other. 

Oliver can get the biggest, loudest laughs out of Bina, and he always wants to “check on her” when he hears her fussing in her room. He calls her “my sisser, Bia.” 

Albina has no interest in her own toys, she always wants to play with Oliver, and Oliver’s toys. So far, both play so well together; it makes me so happy to see them building their special sibling relationship.

I can’t believe we’ve been a family of four for more than 9 months now!

Love Always,

Mommy

My Dear Albina,
This last week has been rough. You have been fussy, cranky, and not sleeping very well. You’ve been gnawing on everything you could get your hands on. Finally, on Friday your first tooth broke through! You’re almost back to normal, but its been an intense week over here. I am happy to say 1 tooth down, about 19 to go.
Much Love,
Mommy

My Dear Albina,

This last week has been rough. You have been fussy, cranky, and not sleeping very well. You’ve been gnawing on everything you could get your hands on. Finally, on Friday your first tooth broke through! You’re almost back to normal, but its been an intense week over here. I am happy to say 1 tooth down, about 19 to go.

Much Love,

Mommy