Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Letter to My Child(ren)

Every thank-you note we got back from your daycare teachers after Christmas this year said the same thing about you.  "He's such a sweet and polite boy," they all said.  It gives me warm fuzzies just thinking about it.  One of my biggest goals as a parent is to raise children who are kind.  I'm glad that quality is standing out in you already.

Speaking of Christmas, we had such a laid-back, exactly-what-we-needed week between Christmas and New Year's this year.  The three of us were home together all week and spent most of it cuddled up on the couch in our PJs.  It was good, relaxing (and fun!) quality time together and I wouldn't have traded it for the world.  It made me really look forward to an entire summer with all four of us this year!

On the potty training front, I did jinx us a little bit by telling the entire internet how well you were doing.  The next day, you had two accidents back to back.  But since then, you've had absolutely none and I couldn't be prouder of you.  You're even staying dry during nap.

As a side note, you have developed a love for salad in the last month.  When I've had one at a dinner out, or make salad for Daddy and I for dinner, you've eaten almost my entire salad by the end of the meal.  When we went out to dinner recently, all you wanted was salad and you scarfed down an entire chicken caesar salad by yourself.  You like to drench the healthiness right out of it with dressing, but hey--salad!  Yay!

You're growing and learning so fast now that I can barely keep up anymore.  I just realized this week that I forgot to include how you can put your own coat on now.  You've been doing it for at least two months already, but it completely slipped past me with the other milestones you're reaching!  You lay it out on the floor, put your arms in and throw it over your head.  You haven't quite gotten the zipper down, but that's okay because it means I get an extra smooch when I zip you up.

You've also fallen in love with the Angry Birds game on Daddy's phone.  I swear, there are times when you get a higher score than I could!

So proud of you, so in love with you, so happy you're in my life.

I love you more,

Baby Doc,
You're growing so quickly now.  So quickly, in fact, that my belly is consistently measuring one week further along than I actually am.  It looks like you'll be big, just like your brother.

I bought your coming home outfit the other day.  Most of your clothes will be hand-me-downs from Gavin so I wanted the outfit you come home in to be special, and just for you.  It's pretty adorable--a white kimono style long-sleeved shirt and matching pants with trees and little peace signs.  I look at it and can't wait to see you in it.  It's so small--I've completely forgotten what it's like to have a baby that small.  But it also reminds me that I'm an experienced mom now, and much more confident about this whole baby thing.  I chose a kimono-style shirt instead of a onesie so it won't rub on your belly button.  I also got pants with no feet this time so there's no issue cutting off your ankle bracelet when we're leaving the hospital.  It's amazing already the little things that I didn't know the first time around that are intuitive now.  I hope that makes me a better mommy.  Fingers crossed!

In other news, I felt you hiccup this week!  I don't remember every feeling it with Gavin, but I think your rhythmic little jump every 3 seconds or so on my drive home was absolutely the hiccups.  My blood glucose test also came back good recently and it looks like I'm not anemic either, so things are going well with this pregnancy.

The most exciting thing to report about you this month is that we got to see you in 3D!  I couldn't believe how much you looked like your brother.  The whole thing made me realize we're one step closer to meeting you, and I can hardly stand the wait.

I love you more,

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