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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

Monday, October 14, 2013

Letter to Isaac

Dear Isaac,

I just wanted to tell you what a cute little stinker you are.  At 14 months you're becoming much less of a zombie walker, and more of a real boy.  :)  I call you my bulldog that thinks he's a Chihuahua.  You're such a big boy now, but you think you're still a tiny babe and you try to curl your whole body across my chest just as you did when you were first born.  You're also my little crab because you like to pinch things when you get tired.  That "thing" is usually me, but lately I can tell you're getting tired when you start walking around pinching your own neck.  :)  I love that you're still my cuddle bug and you're a definite Momma's boy, however Daddy is finding a place in your heart as well.  You even have moments of choosing him over me!  Shocking...I know. :)
You still love to be swaddled and you LOVE to sit with your books or have Mommy read them to you.  If brother is watching a show on Daddy's phone you like to have your head front and center.  The 5 words you know are
Momma
Dadda
Bob
Nanna
Uh-oh

You love to pretend you're on the phone and you love making car and plane noising when playing toys with brother.

We love you so much.  Your giant smile brings us so much joy!

Happy 14 months today on the 14th of October!

Love,
Momma

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Happy 3rd Birthday Boston

Dear Boston,

You turned the big 3 years old today!  What a big boy you are. That happened way too fast for my liking.  We had a great time celebrating your birthday today.  We've been talking for weeks about your birthday and all the things we'll do to celebrate.  You seem to remember mostly talk about planes (for the airplane party we will be having) and cupcakes.

The morning started off normal with you crawling into our bed, bright and early to catch a little more sleep and slowly start your day.  Once you did wake up the first words out of your mouth were, "It's my birthday!".  We cuddled for awhile in bed (all 4 of us) and you and Zekey drank your morning milk.  Then we headed downstairs (you in Daddy's arms) while singing you Happy Birthday.  The family room was filled with balloons and in the center of balloons were 3 presents wrapped in lightening Mcqueen paper. We opened presents which were 50 matchbox cars, a lightening MCQueen Mac Truck and a bubble machine, then we had breakfast.  You sat on the counter as you watched me flip pancakes on the griddle.  I loaded up your special red birthday plate with a couple buttery syrupy pancakes and you ate them right up.  Daddy ate with us then headed off to work.  After breakfast we played cars for a bit, then headed upstairs to get showered and ready for the day.

We spent the rest of the morning playing in the front yard with your new bubble machine.  You and Zekey got a kick out of it.  At noon we headed off to a Trampoline house in Kennewick. On the way there we even spotted a train crusining on by...a special birthday train we called it.   You had so much fun at the trampoline house (while our buddies Charlie and Gavin were there) but after they left you seemed pretty tired and asked if we could just sit on the stairs.  Our next stop was the grocery store for you to pick out the cupcake of your little heart's desires.  We were tuckered out from a busy morning of jumping, so we ate lunch on the couch, cuddled up, while watching Jake and the Neverland pirates.  I then put you and Zekey down for naps and when you woke up Daddy was home from work.  We all cuddled up in bed (for the 2nd time today) and sang happy birthday a couple more times...which by the way,you always sing with us.

There was only one present left to give you and since Daddy was fighting the sickies I had you cuddle up to him in bed and brought the present up to you.  It was your first bike.  Black with red handles and a star on the seat. You love it.  We took it outside and you learned how to pedal! Daddy watched (wishing he had the energy to be with us) from the bedroom window and cheered you on with thumbs ups and waves. After a little we came inside and you asked to swiffer the house (your new favorite thing) for the umpteenth time today while I made dinner.  While dinner was baking you, me and Zekey had a mini dance party and Daddy watched from the sidelines.  The final touch to the day was your mint green cupcake, complete with 3 big boy candles (pink, yellow and white...selected by you).
We sang Happy Birthday for the final time and you blew out your candles.

All day long I felt so grateful for you.  I'm so grateful that you are mine.  I'm in awe that Heavenly Father sent you to me.  How did Daddy and I get so lucky?  I realize how much Heavenly Father must love all of us, when I think of how much I love you, because there isn't a thing I would change about you.  You're one of my most favorite people.  I love you for exactly who you are and I wouldn't change a thing. I'm a very blessed Momma.

Ok, so in honor of your 3rd birthday I will tell you 3 things I love about you.

1.  I love that you're empathetic.  You care when other's (especially family) are sad and you want to make it better.
2.  I love that you love a good dance party.  If I start dancing, you never fail to join me.
3.  I love how forgiving you are.  What a great quality.  You often are telling me, "Oh that's ok Mom".

I love you to the moon and back darling boy.  It's been so exciting adventuring with you for the last 3 years and every year I spend with you I think, "this is my favorite".  They've all been so good.  So sweet.

Love,
Momma

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Snippets

Dear Boston,

I have to record some snippets of your pretend play for you (and me) to always remember. You're playing with your trucks and little people right now and saying things like,

"What Happened?!"
"Hi how are you?"
"Oh good"
"What you doing?"
"Oh, we're best friends"

And then you make LOTS of crashing and "heelp" "Nooo!" noises.

After the crash you continue with sweet conversation,

"You Silly"

And then some more crash talk,

"Hello, he's gonna squish me"
"Uh oh he's gonna squish me"
"I don't like going up!"
"Ahhhh"
"Your turn"
"That's hard for me".

I could listen to you play pretend all day.  I delight in your imagination. :)

Love, Momma

Saturday, August 17, 2013

1 Year with Isaac

Dear Isaac,

Just a couple days ago you turned one!  What a big boy you are!  For your first birthday party we had a Little Gentleman's theme and served cookies and milk. :)  We had all the Yancey family attend (except for Uncle Jason and Aunt Aleece since they don't live here).  You are the cutest one year old in the whole world.  At your birthday we played a video of your newborn pictures and you still look like the same little baby to me and Daddy.  You still have all your cute chub, your big blue eyes and your sweet smile.  Your hair has lightened up quite a bit though, just like brother's did.

You and I are still the best of pals.  You're happiest if we're touching. :)  We just stopped nursing and it makes me a little sad because it's just the start of you becoming my big boy.  You're always on the move, crawling or scooting along furniture all day long.  You love to look at your books and play with brother's trucks. You're silly (like the rest of us) and love to dance and make loud noises back and forth with brother.  The only time you like to be sitting still is if you're cuddled up in my arms.

Our song (the one I sing to you while we rock) is "The Way You Look Tonight".  It's actually a really sweet little lullaby and you drift right to sleep when I start to sing it. Every night I swaddle you up (you still LOVE to be swaddled) and lay you on your side, but immediately you roll to your tummy, bum in air and close your little eyes.  In the morning you call to me from the monitor and I open the door to see you peaking over the edge of your crib.

We've only taught you one baby sign, "food" and you use it often.  It's super cute.  We've gotta start teaching you more signs, cause you are ready to communicate.

We love you sweet baby.  You have added so much to our little family and we could not imagine you not being here.  Daddy and I lay in bed many nights talking about how cute your little face is and laughing about all of the funny things you did that day.  In fact last night Daddy and I went on a date so we pulled you out of bed when we got home and you snuggled in Daddy's arms for a good while before we popped you back in bed.

We love you darling boy.

Love,
Momma