Monday, January 16, 2012

Kyla Brooke is 4 months old!

My sweet angel baby,

You are 4 months old! How is it possible that my tiny little baby is already 1/3 of the way to 1 year old?! Our lives truly are a vapor. You are SUCH a joy and daddy and I could just eat you up with a spoon! Here's what you're up to at 4 months old:

-You are wearing size 2 diapers and are wearing some 3 and some 6 month clothing. I have just started putting you in 6 month sleepers because you are getting too long for the 3 month.

-You weigh 13 lbs, 13 oz (60th %) and are 25.5 inches long (82nd %).

-Your hair is still slowly coming in. You have enough for me to put a tiny bow in and have it stay only if you don't move too much! I only did that once, though, because I didn't want the alligator clip to pull any of your hair and hurt you. I think we'll be strictly in headbands for a while longer which is just fine with me.

-You are still VERY smiley and happy almost all of the time. Your favorite thing is attention from us and smile SO big when we talk to you. I find myself often saying things like, "I love that smile but I need you to stop smiling at me and eat!"

-You are constantly trying to put things in your mouth - usually your hands - and have been drooling a lot over the last month. I am wondering when you are going to get your first tooth. Cayden's came in at 5 months so I'm wondering if you will follow after him.

-We moved you into your own bed at night as soon as we got home from traveling at Christmas and you have done pretty well with it.

-You love your room and want to stare up at the painting that daddy and I did for you that hangs above your crib. You also love to look at the vinyl Bible verse that is on the wall above your changing pad. We often see you looking at it intently. You love your bed and all the fabrics and will lay in bed and talk to yourself and grunt while you touch the bumper.

-You take about 4 naps a day and are sleeping about 11 hours a night (8:30 PM-7:30 AM give or take an hour) with 1 dreamfeed around 10:15 PM. You still wake up randomly and usually I have to get up at least once in the night, even if it is just to put your paci back in.

-You are trying desperately to roll from your back to your tummy but haven't mastered it yet.

-Dr. Worsley, your pediatrician, commented on what good head control you have at your 4 month check up. He was also impressed at your eye contact and how you locked eyes with him almost immediately.

-You started having constipation issues right after you turned 3 months. It has broken my heart to see you in pain. I have given you a little bit of organic baby apple juice and that usually helps.

-You are starting to really love Cayden and act so happy when he pays attention to you and loves on you. It warms my heart.

-You love to watch and want to be in the action. You like to watch daddy and Cayden play and will flap your arms and get so excited - it's evident you want to play and it's so sweet.

-Daddy and I are constantly talking about how much we adore you and what a sweet, joyful presence you have brought into our home. We wish we could bottle you up and keep this feeling forever :)

Love you BIG,

Momma

Friday, January 6, 2012

Cayden is 3!

(Me and you at the zoo today - on your 3rd birthday!)
My precious son,

I am blown away that you are 3... Wasn't it just last week that I found out I was going to be a mommy? Being a mom is such a weird thing...it means loving someone so fully, so much immeasurably more than I could have ever imagined. It's constantly worrying and struggling to give my deepest fears and concerns for you over to the One who holds the future. It's constant second guessing myself and depending on our Heavenly Father to get me through the hardest job of my life. Being your mom is one of the best things that's ever happened to me. Aside from knowing Christ and falling in love with and marrying your daddy, it is my favorite accomplishment.

Your third year of life was the most fun and yet the hardest for me thus far. Watching you blossom more into the person you will be brings me more joy that I can ever recount. You absolutely crack me up - the things that come out of your mouth are hilarious. The innocence and honesty coupled with your small understanding of the world at this point in your short life leave your daddy and I with sore faces from smiling. You are a sensitive soul with a big heart for your family and a soft spot for animals. The other night at dinner, it was raining outside and you inquired about some cats that were making noise outside the window. When we told you they were cats that probably just wanted to come inside from the rain, you immediately wanted to go get them and bring them in. Once we convinced you that wasn't a good idea, you agreed that we should pray for them. You prayed, "God is great, God is good, Let us thank Him for the cats. Amen." Melt. My. Heart.

You love trains, dinosaurs, wrestling with daddy, reading, sports, dancing, Toy Story, animals -elephants are your favorite, and going to preschool. You are inquisitive, shy at times, easily excited and have a smile that can light up a room. You have become a great big brother over the last few months with the birth of Kyla Brooke and it warms my heart to see how gentle and sweet you are with her. You constantly want to see her and kiss her head. If she cries (which is rare), you run over to her and console her in a sweet voice, saying, "It's okay sweetie girl...don't cry." I pray that you two grow up to be close friends. You are still extremely cautious and I wonder if you will grow out of it or if that's just who you are. You come by it honestly - GG says that daddy was cautious at your age (although he grew out of it) and mommy was cautious at your age too (mommy didn't grow out of it as much though).

You have tested the boundaries over the last year, as all 2 year olds will. Potty training you was one of the most challenging things I have ever done. And we're still not completely finished. You are stubborn and sadly you come by that honestly too! You can throw a temper-tantrum like none I have ever seen and it leaves daddy and I dumbfounded and brokenhearted to see you behave that way. God has grown me and showed me things about myself - things that need to change - in your third year of life and I am so thankful for that. I am forever grateful to Him for allowing me to be your mommy. You make my life so much more fun and constantly keep me on my toes! I am eagerly looking forward to all that your fourth year of life will hold. I pray that it is a year that draws you closer to the One who will one day hold your heart and that I do my best at pointing you to Him.

I love you SO big!

Mommy