Saturday, August 17, 2019

Dear Spencer... You're one month old!

Our sweet Spencer-bear,

How can it be that you're one month old today? This month has gone by so quickly, just as I expected it would, and you have brought our family so much happiness and joy. I love staring at your beautiful chubby cheeks and plump little lips. You are making eye contact and becoming so much more aware of your surroundings all the time.

Having 3 older siblings, you are used to being on the go and you do pretty well with it. You have cried in the car a bit, but we can usually calm you do with a paci (which you have a few little hands that are always willing to try and help calm you down, too). You've made several trips to Costco and Target and this last week all of the back to school drop offs and pick ups started.

Even though you are our 4th baby, we still have our own quiet time with you in the evenings and it's so sweet. You are sleeping okay through the night, but are up several times to eat. You also have a little gas (which all of our babies have) and sometimes that will keep you up. It's rare that you cry, but you do love some extra snuggles and milk.

Of course you are sleeping throughout the day, but you are also starting to become more awake and alert each day. I love seeing your beautiful blue eyes stare. You are starting to see all of us and take it all in. You are constantly being held by us and your siblings are always wanting to hold you. Seeing your relationship with them blossom makes my heart burst. They are so crazy about you and are always wanting to help with you as well. Cody calls you "bay-bee" and has been so sweet offering up kisses and hugs. Andie and Nolan are always wanting to hold and kiss you... all three of them really love you and I hope the 4 of you always have a special relationship.

You are a wonderful eater and I feel so blessed that I get to breastfeed you exclusively. Daddy gave you a small 2 ounce bottle at about 3.5 weeks old and we have given you one or two more since just so we know you can take that when needed.

You are growing so quickly and had already gained half of a pound at your two week appointment. You are still wearing newborn and 0-3 month clothes. We switched you into size 1 diapers at about 2 weeks old.

We haven't gone too many places since you were born because we want to keep you healthy while you are so tiny, but we did make it out to the beach on Pop's boat, to Gramz & Pop's house, and up to Apple Hill for a little day trip. I love showing you off to people and everyone comments on how cute you are. You do pretty well in your little carseat carrier and the stroller and I also love wearing you in the front pack. You do really well anytime you are being carried.

Your daddy and I have both agreed that even though you've been here a month, it feels like we've known you forever. You have completed our family in such a special way. You are a beautiful little boy with your darker skin coloring and dark blonde/light brown hair. I am really excited to see your smiles (we have seen a couple of gas smiles and they are absolutely adorable).

I hate to see how quickly the time goes, but I also know that with each day I will get to know you more and see more and more of the baby boy you are. Witnessing this time in your life is so precious to me. I am already so proud to be your mommy and I hope if you're ever reading back on this note you know just how much I love and adore you. Your daddy and I are absolutely crazy about you and we are so happy you are a part of our family. You are here for a reason.

I love you to the moon and back, sweet Spencer.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Dear Cody... You're 21 Months Old

Blue-eyed baby Cody,

Daddy and I tell each other every day, multiple times a day, how dang cute you are. It's hard to express just how much I want to squeeze and hug you at all times, but you are busy and on the go, so I sneak in any snuggles when I can. You have grown so much - you're taller, stronger, and quite stout and your personality is blossoming more and more every single day. You are hilarious! You are talking more, laughing all the time, and you are truly one of the most good-natured people I have ever known. You really go with the flow, are pretty easy to please, and as long as you have all of your basic needs met, you're good to go!

You have the cutest little body - I can't even handle how cute it is. Your little belly, round face and cheeks, blonde hair, and beautiful blue eyes. You look absolutely adorable when you run, and that's pretty much how you get everywhere these days. You are playing and interacting very well with your siblings and you love being outside. You absolutely love toys - especially cars "cahs"- your Toy Story RV, and anything you can throw. You've gotten pretty fast on your miniature strider style bike and you like to ride it around in the yard. One of your favorite things to do this summer was be in the water - you are obsessed with the pool and water slide. Several times you would go into the laundry room, open the swim suit drawer, and bring a suit and swim diaper to us because you want to go in.

Some big changes happened for you when we welcomed your little brother, Spencer, on July 17th. You seem to really love him and not mind him at all. You see him and say "bay-bee" and will come over and give him snuggles and kisses. You haven't shown any signs of being jealous and have been very easy going about the transition for our family. You've grown pretty close to your daddy, too, because he's been home a lot!

You are fearless and you will go anywhere you see something interesting. You don't really seem to be super attached to us when we are out and about and you will smile, talk (hi, bye, blow kisses), and interact with people. You are still crazy about your Pops and always want to be with him. You love to snuggle with him and anytime he is getting ready to leave, you will protest by the door.

I try to remember all of the little things that happen on a daily basis, but it's almost impossible. I take pictures to help remind me. I had to take you in to get a vaccine two weeks ago and I could not believe how amazing you were. You sat in the stroller the whole time, didn't let a noise out, I took you out for the shot, you barely cried, and then I put you back in the stroller and you just kept going with your day. I couldn't believe how brave and easy going you were.

You are still taking naps, but starting to skip them a few days a week and you do pretty well. When you do nap, it's from about 2-4pm. You sleep at night for about 12 hours from 7:30pm to 7:30am. You really seem to love "Buzz" and Gramz just got you the cutest little Toy Story crib sheet and stuffed Buzz, which you use as a pillow. We love going to check on you at night before we go to bed because you're always in funny positions with buzz and your blanket (a lot of times you like to put your head under the blanket). You are still in your crib for now and we plan to keep you in there until we transition Spencer into your crib. We are getting your big boy room ready now and I am so excited about your new bed and furniture. We didn't want you to feel pushed out of your room, so the transition will be slow over the next few months.

You are a great little eater (although you love to drive your daddy crazy by throwing food around). You eat pretty much all fruit, broccoli, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chicken, mac and cheese, try tip, waffles, yogurt, etc. You especially love your "baba" of milk and we will let you keep that until about two. You are wearing size 18-24 month and 2T clothes (you grew fast from the size 18 months to 24 months) and size 5 diapers.

I absolutely love hearing you say so many new words, watching you push your cars around on the coffee table, dance with sissy, play outside, and I especially loved seeing your pure enjoyment of the pool this summer. You are such a happy kiddo and getting to be with you every day is truly a pleasure. You know exactly what to do to get a reaction out of us (especially your daddy - you will purposely do things to get a reaction out of him) and we laugh at the funny things you do all the time. You are also very tough. You've taken some falls and gotten some bumps and bruises and usually you just pop back up. I cannot believe you are our baby boy - you're such a sweetheart. You and your siblings are really close and they love to help out with you and it warms my soul to see that all flourish.

I am already so proud to be your mommy, Cody. I can't believe you are 21 months old. 2 will be here before we know it and I am just doing everything I can to soak up this precious time with you. Just your sweet little squishy nose smile makes my whole day. I absolutely love being your mommy. I will always love being your mommy. You are such a wonderful little guy and seeing you grow is truly amazing.

I love you to the moon and back times infinity, my sweet little boy, and I am soaking up every single hug and snuggle with you.