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A Letter To My (Second) Baby (7-12 Months)

July 13, 2017

To my sweet baby Theo, Your first birthday is officially here and I can’t believe it. In fact, to make sure I wasn’t imagining, I wandered up to your room at midnight last night to watch you sleep for a bit before snapping your picture at 12:11, when you came barreling into my life exactly a year ago. I’ve never experienced a year fly by so fast, but I’ve been doing my best to savor every second while trying to document the best parts.

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A Letter To My (Second) Baby: 6 Months

July 13, 2017

Theo Beo Pumpkin Pie*, Happy half birthday to you, my sweet boy! In July, when I was waiting to meet you, I constantly looked ahead (in my head) to January. I’d imagine you sitting up, interacting with Harrison and having a personality all your own. Somehow, here we are and let me tell you - you aren’t disappointing. You’re curious, blissfully happy, bubbly and harboring just a smidgen of Mommy-itis and Daddy-itis.

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A Letter To My (Second) Baby: 4 Months

December 13, 2016

Theo my love, I apologize for publishing your 4-month letter on your 5-month birthday, but you (and your brother) keep me insanely busy. At the end of the day, once you’re both asleep and the house is de-tornadoed, I’m ready to turn my brain off and completely zone out. But hey, you’re hopefully getting your 4-month and your 5-month on the same day, so that’s special, right?! All through October and early November, you maintained your status quo and I want to sincerely thank you for that.

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A Letter To My (Second) Baby: 5 Months

December 13, 2016

To my sweet Theodorable, If it seems like I was just yammering on about how you had turned 4-months old, you’re right. I published your 4-month letter earlier today and now I’m back with a timely 5-month letter. You win some, you lose some. It’s hard for me to come to terms with the fact that you’re actually a month away from being six months old. Last Spring, when talking to Harrison about your arrival and discussing when you’d be able to play with him, I casually mentioned December or January, thinking that it’d be forever before we were actually there.

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A Letter To My (Second) Baby: 3 Months

October 13, 2016

Theo, my sweet, Three months. Oy. Is it even possible? How can the newborn days have come and gone in just the blink of an eye? You continue to be my amiable, happy, relaxed baby and your personality is starting to show in leaps and bounds. You’re such a treasure and it is SO easy to love you. Your smiles are just as contagious as they were in August and now, you’ve added a mischievous grin to your repertoire that makes me crazy.

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A Letter To My (Second) Baby: 10 Weeks

September 23, 2016

Theodore Dean, my love, Welcome to the world, big guy. I’m so happy you’re here! It’s been ten weeks since you came into my life and man, I thought the day would never come. The doctors and I anticipated you coming a little bit earlier than you did but you surprised everyone and hung on (in) until the very end. Even when induction day came, it seemed to pass sooo slowly until Daddy and I finally got the call at lunchtime to head to the hospital to meet you.

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I Got 99 Problems But A Front Door Ain't One

January 26, 2016

Hit me! I haven’t posted to this blog in 3 months and I owe it (and you) 3 definitive posts. I’m behind on our board & batten post (pre-Thanksgiving), our new front door post (pre-Hanukkah) and Harrison’s 21-month letter (pre-Christmas). Oops. Here’s an update on our front door while I get the other two posts together. Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy 2016. There. All caught up.

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DIY Learning Tower

October 26, 2015

After a long, relaxing summer where we didn’t tackle any major projects, we knocked one out yesterday. I’ve wanted a learning tower for some time, thinking it will help keep Harrison in the kitchen when I’m cooking, instead of stirring up trouble in the front room where I can’t see him. I didn’t, however, want to shell out $200. If you haven’t heard of a learning tower, you’re not alone. I hadn’t heard of one until going to a friend’s house (Hi, MO!

A Letter To My Husband (5 Years)

October 15, 2015

Hi. Happy October 15th, my love. You just left for softball on our fifth wedding anniversary and just as I told you last week when you found out you had a game tonight, I’m not mad. After all, softball is a commitment, your team is counting on you and above all, the season is almost over. You told me that if I said the word, you’d skip the game but the way you honor your commitments is one of the 2,962,541 things I love about you.

A Letter To My Baby (18 Months)

September 28, 2015

Hi Harr Bear! If I had any problem calling you a “toddler” up until this point, I better get over it because we’re now closer to your second birthday than your first and that. is. crazy. You’re over 33” tall and 24 1/2 pounds. You’re a full-blown toddler for sure. You’ve moved very quickly from walking to full-on running, flashing your signature happy face all the while. You infuse a light into my life that I never knew existed, even when I thought I’d seen it at full capacity.

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