My little family!

My little family!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

19 months!!!

My gorgeous 19 month old!! (Pictures taken with IPhone instead of good camera  - not the best quality but oh well)

Talks with Mr. Bear

Mr. Bear loving!!!

Love this face.

She wouldn't take any pictures wearing the sticker... 

19 months.. says the chair ;)

Giggle face.

19 month stats:
Weight: 25.6 pounds - barely gained - lots of running!!
Height: 32 1/4 inches - still the same!
Eating: Getting better & better - eating a ton - organic milk 4 times a day (wake up, 2 naps and bedtime)
Clothes: 18 month, 18-24 month, 24 month and 2T! 
Diaper: Size 4. Size 5 at night.
Shoe Size: 4 1/2 - 5

My dearest girl....

I  am taking a break from writing my usual month update. It's not that you haven't grown leaps and bounds this past month. Your language skills are booming. Your eating habits have grown and you are now willing to try mostly all and any foods (and enjoy many of them). You are kind, smart, sweet, loving and silly. You run, sing, dance, play. You are the toddler I knew you'd become, complete with a dash of tantrums. Your favorite sayings are "Here ya go!" and "Okay!" We can now ask you if you have a poopy diaper and you happily reply yes or no. We even bought you a Mickey Mouse Potty and you're already showing tons of interest. You love to play in your kitchen that we gave you for Hanukkah. You pretend to cook and eat all sorts of food and share with anyone willing to try. You really are starting to love school and you especially love your teachers. This past month included celebrating Hanukkah, New Years Eve and more. We are almost positive it's time to go to one nap a day - we are still figuring out the timing of it all. Today, you fell asleep in the car - we tried to put you in the crib and you cried hard so instead I let you nap on me in your room on the glider. We haven't done this in months -- I sat still for 2 hours and kissed your sweet face.  I listened to your sleepy sounds and watched you smile while dreaming. That's when I decided to write you this letter....

In one week (from tomorrow), we are giving you the greatest gift we could ever give - a sibling. He will become the most important person to you - he will be your best friend, your confidant, your partner in crime. He will be the biggest link between your present and future. He will be there for you long after we have gone.  I need you to take care of him as he will take care of you. 19 months apart -- practically twins! :)

My love, my sweet, my first child -- you will always be our number one. You taught us the beautiful life that comes with becoming a parent. You showed us love, kindness, patience, understanding, compassion and the unbelievable bond that comes with parent and child. You showed us the simple things this world has to offer. You are teaching us every single day and we are forever grateful for that.

I have been so worried these past 9 months about how you will react to another baby. How will I be able to love anyone as much as you? How will you handle sharing our attention? Will you understand?  Will you feel less loved? Will you learn to share everything? Will you realize that I won't be able to sit with you, hold you, hug and kiss you because my attention may be elsewhere?

And suddenly I'm feeling at peace. You will always be our number one - but now you will share that spot. My heart will have the unlimited space it needs to love another baby - and without a doubt you will love him as well. You are so caring and sweet and gentle with every baby we meet (especially Remi & Samantha) that I have NO doubt you will love our dear boy as well. You will learn we are not ignoring you, we are simply trying to tend to a newborn's needs.

My girl, my best friend, my baby.. I love you so much and I'm so excited to see you bond with your brother. I love you so much and I'm so proud of you - 19 months in the blink of an eye.  I can't wait to see what this next month brings -- what silly sayings you will come up with, how you will react to all the changes around you. I'm already well underway in planning your 2nd birthday but I am working on not rushing through a simple day. One of the best parts of your brother's arrival? I'm on maternity leave until MAY! That means tons of time for us to play, giggle, and make millions of memories together -- I'm so excited!!!!

WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your mama & dada ....and your (soon to be) baby brother, Benjamin <3

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