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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy 2nd birthday Isaac!

Dearest Isaac,

You turned two today!  Two!  Can you believe it?  I can't.  You woke up to a day filled with surprises and you were the star.  You had no idea what was going on, but you loved every minute of it.  After you opened your presents this morning, Daddy, myself and Bosty stood in a line and sang you happy birthday.  It was the first "Happy birthday song" of the day and you were a little confused and felt a little left out.  You ran to me, slightly upset, had me pick you up and then sang along with us.  We all laughed.  :)  Brother worked very hard to make the day special for you as well and we teamed up to make your day extra special.  Daddy stayed home for breakfast and later on lunch, met us at the Trampoline park to watch you jump for a bit.

You had a wonderful day and I hope you felt as special as you are.  You are a light in our home.  We love you so much more than you could ever know.  You are forever Daddy's little pal, Mommy's chubby baby, and Boston's best friend.  Here are our favorite things about you,

Mine is that you are a cuddle bug.  You need Mommy "loves" and I soak it all up.  This morning at 5 am you crawled in my bed and cuddled right up to me, just like when you were first born. It reminded me that 2 years ago at 6 am, I awoke from bed with contractions strong enough I could no longer sleep.  I calmly got ready for the day and by 9 am Daddy and I arrived at the hospital laughing and talking with excitement.  By noon you were born.  :)  All 7 lbs 14 ounces of you.  I instantly fell in love with your big blue eyes and all that dark hair with the same hair line as Curious George.

Daddy's favorite thing is your fun energy and your sweet kindness.

Bosty's favorite thing is how much you make him laugh.  He thinks you're the funniest, cutest kid around.

Your a fierce little man that goes about life with intensity, but you also can be so gentle and snuggly and calm and focused.  You're a brilliant little boy with an amazing vocabulary and a never ending list of phrases and antics picked up from brother.  I can't wait to see how you continue to live this precious life of yours.

We love you Darling boy!

Love,
Momma

Friday, August 1, 2014

Letter to Boston: Bad days

Dear Boston,

Yesterday was a bad day for the two of us.  You struggled to be a good listener and I struggled to be a good not-yeller. :)  In other words, Mommy yelled a lot and you disobeyed a lot.  It made for a pretty crummy day.  One of those days where you didn't feel much like being a kid, and I didn't feel much like being a Mom.

But even on our very worst days we have our moments where I remember how much I like that you're mine and I think you feel the same.  When Zekey went down for his nap I laid out pillows and blankets on my floor and set you up with Donald Duck, while I tried to nap in my bed. Before I laid down I looked at your little face and you looked so defeated.  I asked you how you were feeling.

"I feel sad".

I asked you why.

"Because you were mean to me today".

I crawled up next to you and we laid together and just stared at each other for awhile.  We both cried and hugged and apologized.  We talked about our struggles with yelling and not listening.  We agreed to try harder.  Then we hugged some more. Once Daddy got home our day went much better.  You went to bed without a struggle and we all got some sleep.  Then at 3:00 in the morning you wandered into our room, up to my side of the bed.

"Momma my feet hurt".  You change shoe sizes every couple months and as a result of your super speedy growing body, your feet and calves often hurt you.  You  know the routine.  You crawled up in my bed and we laid at opposite ends while I massaged your feet.  You kept crying and asked if I would sing to you.  I sang and massaged, but those growing pains wouldn't go away.  I ran downstairs and grabbed you some medicine.  Then I continued to massage and sing until you fell asleep.  I carried you to your room and didn't see you again until the sun was up.

This morning you had lots of extra kisses, I love you's, and hugs to give me.  I think you were telling me you're glad to be mine and I was reminded how grateful I am to be your Mom.  Even on the hard days.  And especially on the hard nights, when you just need your Momma to sing to you.  :)

I love you bud,

Love, Momma

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Letter to the Twins

Hi sweet babies,

You'll get your own letters once I know a little more about you (like if your boys or girls at least).  I just wanted to write to let you know how much I already love you.  The 3 of us have been together for the last 10 1/2 weeks and thankfully you haven't made me too sick!  Thank you for that. Which is also making me guess that the two of you might be girls.  I got MUCH sicker with the boys.  I feel a deep connection to the two of you and love you so much.  We only planned for one of you, but the minute I saw you both I fell in love twice.  It's gonna be a crazy ride for us, but I have hope that we're all gonna make it out ok.

Because of our unique circumstances I've had the pleasure of seeing you both every week since 5 weeks. Actually this will be the first week I don't get to take a peak.  That's ok though,  I get to see you both next week. :)  The two of you have grown from little circles to tiny little bodies with arms and legs.  You resemble a gummy bear almost exactly.  At one point one of you was big and one of you was tiny, but now you're both the exact same size with almost identical heartbeats.  The dr. said he hasn't seen that before (175 and 176).  You two are cuddled up on opposite ends (one head is resting on the others bum) and I saw lots of wiggling going on last week.  :)

We're so excited to get you babies here and we're so grateful that you're both a forever part of our little family.

I love you both.

Love,
Momma

Dear boys

Dear boys,

You are both growing and changing so much right now.  You're both in a very cute stage and Daddy and I laugh every day at your silly antics and new phrases.

Boston you're growing a lot these days.  You weigh about 36 lbs and grow half an inch every month or so (no joke.  We're measuring you on the wall).  You're wearing size 11 shoes, but not for much longer.
You're a very smart boy and also very curious.  A question for everything. :)  Right now your favorite book is "Who's your hero" and your favorite hero is Ammon.  I've been impressed to watch you take on your oldest brother role so well these days.  You're my biggest helper and are always willing and ready to grab me what I need, or help me clean up messes.  I rely on you a lot when it comes to teaching brother.  You help me keep him from making big messes or getting into big trouble.

You now have the pledge of allegiance, and first and second article of faith memorized.  You count great, know all your letters and their sounds and  know what letters your families names start with.  You also can sound out a couple small words when reading.  We've enjoyed writing together and you love writing out all of our names.   You have a great desire to learn how to read.  A couple of your favorite books you've memorized and "read" them to me and you feel so proud when you're done.  Trucks and cars are still a favorite to play with and you love the toy set Daddy built you.

Two cute things you've said lately,

"That was so nice of her, but I didn't want her to" - when telling Daddy about the neighbor offering to help you.

"Daddy, you're my best friend"

I love you Boss.  You're my little pal all day every day.  When Daddy's out of town our favorite thing to do is cuddle up in bed (after Isaac's asleep) and watch youtube cooking channels. :)  We have a blast together.
Oh!  And I can't forget your prayers.  You say the sweetest prayers these days, filled with phrases like, "Please bless the trees that Nana loves so much"  "Please bless our birdies"  "Please bless our two babies" "Please bless our bodies and hands and eyes etc..."  We LOVE hearing your thoughts through prayer.  

Isaac,

you're growing a lot too these days. You grew an inch this last month! I don't really know what shoe size you are since you just wear Boston's hand me downs and I can't remember the sizes!  You weigh 26 lbs.  I know this because you weighed yourself about 10 times yesterday morning while I got ready. :)  You're a chatty, smart little boy and just like brother,very curious.  Our number one favorite phrase of yours is

"Uh huh".

You never say yes.  It's always, "Uh huh".

You enjoy doing the pledge of allegiance and articles of faith with Boston (as best you can).  You say prayers now and sing along with the abcs and count to 3 perfect (after 3 it's a little bit gibberish).  Your favorite songs to sing are "Let it go" and "Love is an open door".

The second song is sung like this,

"Doooor.  Doooor.  Wis you.  Wis you. "

I can still claim you as a Momma's boy but your love for Daddy is threatening to take my place.  ;) Daddy coming home is the highlight of your day and sometimes you even prefer him at bedtime over me!
Thankfully I am still the recipient of lots of hugs, cuddles and beijos from you.  You'll always be my squishy little baby, I love you.

We've got a lot of changes coming up boys.  You're both going to be big brothers now.  I can't wait to watch our family grow, but I don't want to forget these days of just the 4 of us. We've got a pretty great life.

Love you both.

Love,

Momma




Saturday, February 22, 2014

Isaac at 18 months

Dear Zekeybooboo,

You are still my little stinker.  Daddy and I have a hard time not gobbling you up every day, you're just so darn cute.  These days you're into EVERYTHING.  If I can't find a toy, or a shoe,  I look in a kitchen cupboard.  If I can't find a kitchen appliance, I check the entertainment center.  You're curious about everything and you love stuffing things away, into boxes or cupboards.  You also enjoy figuring out all the places you can fit your little body.  Some of your favorite places to climb in are the shoe box, the entertainment center, the drawer under the oven and the kitchen towel drawer.  

I commonly say that you delight in being naughty (not really), but you do so enjoy pushing boundaries and doing things you know Mommy has asked you not to do.  Not only that, but you do it with a laugh and a smile.  I think you might give us a run for our money.  You're figuring out how to communicate and you love tapping me and saying, "Momma" and then you guide me toward what you need (usually food). Everyday you pick up new words.

Mom = Momma
Dad = Dadda
Boston = Baba
Bonkie = Mom Mom

You also say, Hi, Bye, doggy, uh oh, thank you, hello, Nana, Papa, No, yeah, light, ouch, book, bite, mine, please and a bunch more I can't think of at the moment.  

Nursery is your new stomping grounds and I think you're gonna love it.   I still call you my chub to the bub, but you're rapidly thinning out and growing tall.  You're my big boy now!  It's bittersweet.  You still love to cuddle Momma and you give the sweetest beijos.  You're a smart little thing, always curious and discovering.  Daddy and I find you at least twice a day, hunkered down by the book shelf, surrounded by a pile of books.  You'll sit there for an hour just reading and flipping your pages.  You love your books!
One of my favorite things about you these days are your stink faces.  You make the best "fake cry" face and it kills me every time.  You're also so silly and Daddy, Bosty and I laugh and laugh at all of your silly antics.  You like to make us laugh and you're such a joy.

WE love you sweet boy,

Love,
Momma

3 1/2 years old

Dear Boston,

It's been awhile since I last wrote you.  I've been inspired to write because you're changing so much lately.  You're in the middle of a mental growth spurt.  Everything is being absorbed at an accelerated rate and your desire to learn and know more is never satisfied.  It's a really fun time to be your Mom.  I'll make you a little list of Boston facts for 3 1/2 years old.

  • You don't always want to read scriptures, but the moment I sit down and start reading about someone getting killed, or someone building a boat, you're hooked.
  • I asked you today if you remember who was asked to build a boat in the Book of Mormon and you responded, "NeHi"! 
  • You love being a big brother and you're such a big helper.  In the mornings we ask you to gently "dump" Isaac out of his pack n play when he's calling for us.  Then you lead Isaac back to our room
  • Reading is something you're passionate about right now.  You want to follow along with your fingers, you have lots of questions and you like to point out all the letters you know.  
  • We just finished our first chapter book, Mary Poppins and you LOVED it.  Due to Nana's recommendation I think we'll try Treasure Island next.
  • When reading out chapter book you would say, "Can I see a picture?  Oh yeah!  I have to imagine it with my mind!"  
  • You love finding letters on all kinds of signs when we're driving. 
  • Counting is your favorite these days and everything must be counted.  You're also learning how to add. 
  • You love playing football and Minion Rush on Daddy's phone.
  • Life has gotten so much easier for you and I at 3.  You're a much better listener and do a lot less hitting!  Although we still need to work on being a better protector of brother.
  • At the Trampoline house Mommy was playing with Uncle Brett and he tried to throw me in the foam pit, but you didn't know we were playing and stood between us, hitting Uncle Brett shouting "Stop it!!"  I felt bad that you didn't know we were playing, but it warmed my heart that you are Mommy's protector.  
  • One time we were talking about who the moon belonged to and you answered, "The Sky".  Then I asked, "Who made the sky" and you answered, "Umm,  Daddy or Tio Brett".  
  • You love Bonkie and enjoy playing catch with her. 
  • You're growing so fast and getting taller by the minute.  You're feet went from 7's to 11's in months! 
  • Often times, for no reason at all, you will just say,  "I love you Mommy".  You do the same thing with Daddy and it warms our hearts. 
I could go on and on Boss, but I've got to get ready so that we can all go see The Lego Movie as a family! You're such a joy!  

Love, 
Momma

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Quiet time


Dear Boston,

Today was day two of no nap.  We're starting a new adventure together, of giving up naps for quiet time. We've got some kinks to work out, but for the most part it's going great.  At 10 o clock I could of sworn you were in dire need of a nap and we even tried for one (unsuccessfully).  About 5 o clock tonight you could barely keep your eyes open and Daddy had to spoon feed you dinner (I think we'll try for a nap tomorrow). Around 4 o clock you wandered into the kitchen and exclaimed out of the blue,

                                          "I'm not tired!" ...while rubbing your eyes.

 But it's 3 o clock that made today really special, when you and I sat feet to feet on opposite ends of the couch.  You had your coloring crayons, paper and a coloring book and I had my computer.  We sat across from each other with our legs wrapped in the quilt I made (you know the one...the only one I've ever made).  Every now and then you'd show me the picture you were drawing or just look up and smile at me.

I watched you draw for a bit, then scooped you up and held you, like I did when you were my only baby.  I told you all about how much I loved sharing our quiet time together and you soaked it all in; Pure bliss.

The witching hour struck around 5 o clock and you and Zekey followed me around the house for a half hour, pawing at me while crying as I tried to get dinner ready. 5 o clock was rough, but it's 3 o clock that's sticking with me...and I think it will for a long time.  I hope those are the moments that stick with you too.

Thanks for all the hours. :)
A picture of us months and months ago when you were sick.  
Love,
Momma