Lindsay Sledge

a blog about life with Micah, Denver, Everett, and Presley the dog

7 Month Letter to Everett

Dear Everett,

Happy seven months, to my sweet little brunette baby! Your hair still sticks straight up on top, and it’s adorable.

So precious

The fussiness continues! This is the third month in a row I’ve written about it. It’s the strangest thing. You are such a sweet, happy, cuddly buddy. You love playing with toys, and you even play independently quite well. When you are happy, you are so very happy. When you are unhappy, though, a switch flips, and you cry and wail until I pick you up. Then, when I pick you up, you try to catapult out of my arms. What in the world?! I thought that once your second tooth came in, the fussiness would abate, but it was replaced with serious separation anxiety. It’s been rough, little dude.

Happy because we’re together!

So rough, in fact, that Dad decided to night wean you all by himself. You were waking up every hour or two all night long, and you kept waking earlier, like 11pm, 10pm, and 9pm. Finally, I hit a bit of a wall, and Dad stayed home from work one morning to let me sleep. Then, he set up the air mattress and told me to sleep upstairs for a few nights. With Dad on duty, you started sleeping much longer stretches. Some nights you’d sleep eleven hours straight. Other nights, you’d cry for up to two hours somewhere in the middle. It took about two-three weeks, but your nights are now consistently 10.5-11 hours, and we are both getting long stretches of sleep again.

Riding on the red rocket

Now for some happier news. You are sturdy when you stand up! You love playing with your activity table and will stand and play well for a few minutes at a time. You are also finally rolling both ways. If given the chance, you will roll across the bedroom floors. It’s fun to watch you with this new freedom.

Standing up!

You also love eating, now, with three meals a day! You eat oatmeal for breakfast, fruit and veggies for dinner, and you can eat 4-5 tbs in 3-5 minutes. It’s impressive. You’ve even expressed an interest in apple splices, but you mostly like to teeth on them and then spit them out.

Chewing on an apple

Chewing on a block

I love you, little Ev, fussiness and all. I love reading with you, snuggling with you, and carrying you all around. Keep growing, little man, and stay sweet forever.

Reading together

Love,

Mama

P.S. Here is a family picture from church!

 

 

6 Month Letter to Everett

Dear Everett,

Happy half-birthday, little buddy! I cannot believe how fast the last six months have flown by. I still vividly remember holding you on my chest moments after you were born. I remember walking around the house and you falling asleep as I carried you in the crook of my arm. It seems like I blinked, and you’re six months old!

Handsome little six month old!

Fall is finally here, and we’ve been taking full advantage of the cooler days. You are big enough for the double stroller now, so we take walks in the afternoons. We also drove to a playground, and you enjoyed your first ride in a swing! You were the tiniest little swinger I’ve ever seen! It was precious, and we’ll get back to the playground soon.

First time in double stroller! You look so tiny.

Trying out the fall decorations.

First time in a swing

Since you enjoy riding in the stroller, I thought you would also enjoy riding in a grocery cart. I was so wrong! You wobble all around and eventually start crying. I took some cute pics while the fun lasted, but you are still in the baby carrier during most of our excursions. I think you need a few more pounds and inches before you fit snuggly in carts.

This casual pose is hilarious.

This was another fussy month, little dude, but the fussing seems to have paid off. You have your first tooth! I wasn’t sure if it would make it this month, but it literally cut through on the last day. You are working hard on your second, and I can’t wait to see your toothy grin.

Playing with your tag blanket, aka teething toy

Recently you started smacking your lips around lunch and dinnertime when the entire family was eating without you. So we stared you on solids, oatmeal and veggies. Things got off to a rough start, but once you discovered squash, you became the happiest little eater.

First time trying oatmeal

Much happier with sweet potatoes

I love you, little Evie. I love watching you each day. I love your smile. I love your contagious smile. I love watching you laugh at your brother, play with new toys, and observe the world around you. Thanks for being such a wonderful addition to our family. You are incredibly loved.

Reading a book

Trying out the piano

Snuggling with Denver

Happy six months!

Love,

Mama

5 Month Letter to Everett

Dear Everett,

Happy 5 months my little, little! You are cute as ever! If I am being honest, this was a fussy month for you. I think your teeth are getting ready to come in, and you are not happy about it. You put anything you can reach into your mouth, including your feet! Ev, you are one flexible baby.

Toes!

Teething toy

You want to be held and loved on all day long. Because I am carrying you so much, I’ve been wearing you in the wrap more. You love taking walks around the neighborhood, watching Denver run in the big field, listening to the breeze, and blinking the sun out of your eyes. It is very hot this month, so we’re both covered in sweat by the end of the walks, but it’s good exercise for me and interesting for you.

Walking and sweating

You’ve recently learned how to fall asleep for naps on your own. It wasn’t even a difficult transition. One day you were super squirmy in my arms, so I laid you in your crib, and you fell right asleep! I LOVE that you don’t need to be rocked to sleep anymore, because Denver is now able to participate in the pre nap routine. We all read books together, and it brings a bit of peace to our often chaotic days. Your favorite book is Where’s My Nose. You sit intently looking at the pictures and grabbing the pages. I think we read it 3 times a day right now.

Happy in crib!

Reading with Denver

The biggest news this month is that you’re sitting up on your own, as of 2-3 days before you turned 5 months. You were completely uninterested in sitting up one day, and the next day you could sit up for minutes on end! Way to go little man! This is such a fun new milestone!

Sitting!

Now that you’re sitting up, I was able to compare similar baby pictures of you and Dad. You two really do look alike!

Dad on left, Everett on right

Happy 5 months my sweet boy, Everett. I hope this month will be full of laughs and giggles and maybe even some teeth!

Love,

Mama

P.S. Here are a few pics of the two of us. Love our snugs, baby boy.

 

2 Year Letter to Denver

Dear Denver,

Happy Birthday! What an incredible year this has been. The last six months in particular have flown by, thanks in large part to the arrival of Everett. You have grown into an amazing big brother! You give kisses and hugs, like to make Everett laugh, and are quick on your feet when he needs a pacifier, toy, or diaper change. You love to greet Everett when he wakes from naps, enjoy tickling him, and are eager to demonstrate tummy time and rolling. I love watching your relationship grow, and I continue to pray that you’ll be best friends.

Meeting Ev aka “brah” for the first time

Getting to know each other on Easter morning

Close talking with Ev

You are now a talking machine, with hundreds of words in your repertoire. Your language skills started exploding around 20 months, and the sentences started right before your second birthday. You can now count to 20, recite most of the alphabet, sing several songs, and repeat any words that Dad and I ask you to say. My favorite phrases are “whoa, cool,” “tick toes” (for tickle toes), “Jesus Song,” “kiss face,” and “love, too.”

Cheesing it up at Taco Mamacita

You are quite the story teller, sharing about playdates with family and friends, traveling in cars and planes, getting hurt, and crashing on the floor. It’s amazing to see how your mind works, and which events are memorable to you. Your favorite story is the time you hit your head on the fence, which you retell daily.

Enjoying summer

Mixing colors

Reading is one of your favorite activities, and you have many books memorized. Dad and I start the sentences, and you finish them. You also occasionally pick up books to read to your brother and stuffed animals. Your favorite book seems to be Richard Scarry Best World Book Ever because it has trains and planes and automobiles. The Bug Book is a close second. You pretend to hold and eat the bugs!

Reading Richard Scarry

Music is still the key to your heart, and you’ve picked up a penchant for marching. We march to “Mickey Mouse Club March,” “The Ants Go Marching,” and “We Are the Dinosaurs.” We march around the kitchen, to your bedroom for naps, and around the neighborhood for exercise.

We took this during family photos, and you would not sit still!

One of my favorite developments over the last six months is your love for church and the Bible. When I tell you we’re going to church, you get excited and immediately respond with “see friends.” You also love reading the Bible before bed. You have a children’s Old Testament and New Testament, and you insist that we read a story from each every night. Your favorite stories are David and Goliath, which you’ve named “fight,” and Jonah and the fish. I am so thankful that God is writing His name upon your heart, and I pray that your faith will grow as you continue to learn about His word and especially about His son, Jesus.

Reading the Bible to Everett, with paint or chalk or marker on your arm

Still a bit timid around new experiences, Dad and I took you to get your first hair cut. We let Dad get his hair cut first so that you’d be a bit calmer come your turn, but it didn’t matter. You were not having it, and the pictures are hilarious and pitiful.

We traveled to Virginia Beach to introduce Everett to the extended family, and you were a super traveler, great on the airplanes, and flexible throughout the entire trip! While in Virginia Beach, you enjoyed your first trip to the actual beach! You were wary of the waves, but Dad and Pappy managed to get you to swim a bit. You saw dolphins, seagulls, jets, and boats, and enjoyed eating all sorts of delicious snacks. You also experienced your first Shogun experience, on the trip. We told you in advance about the “big fire,” and you were so excited, until you saw the big fire. Then you were so scared! We all got a big of a laugh at your expense, and we’re hoping you warm up to the idea soon (pun intended).

Walking to beach with Dad

Walking on beach with Pappy

Playing on beach with Mama

Dining at Shogun

Speaking of food, you now have official favorites: pizza, sweet tea, and chocolate chips. You really are a terrific eater, enjoying many fruits and veggies, but you could probably eat Jets Pizza every single day. On your actual second birthday, we took you to the Adventure Science Center in the morning, and we picked up pizza for lunch on the way home. Birthdays should be full of favorites after all. We also threw a big party with the extended family the day before your birthday. It was Llama Llama themed. You loved being the center of attention and opening your new presents, including toy trains, a baseball set, and a car!

Pic with Dad and me on your actual birthday

Happy 2nd birthday, Denver Josiah! I hope you know how much you are loved. You are a bright little buddy, and you fill each day with joy.

Love,

Mama

 

4 Month Letter to Everett

Dear Everett,

Happy fourth months little man! We recently visited the doctor for your four month checkup, and you are such a skinny mini, in the 50th percentile for height and the 25th percentile for weight. You’ve already doubled your birth weight though, at 14 lbs 4 oz, which means you’re right on track with your growth curve! Also, you’re fantastic about getting checked out by the doctor but so pitiful after vaccines. You cry and scream and refuse to nurse, and it’s pitiful and very dramatic. Good grief! Here’s to hoping six month vaccines are a bit easier. I’ve already asked your dad to take off work to help me.

Giving me the love eye

Now we must discuss your social skills. Ev, you are a flirt! You smile BIG when you see new people, and especially when other people smile at you. During month three, you were a mama’s boy and didn’t really love interacting with other people. Something changed in month four, though, and you couldn’t be happier being passed around and smiled at. Seriously, it warms my heart hearing you coo at people to get their attention, and I love watching you laugh at whoever is holding you. Keep socializing, little buddy, but know that I’ve got an eye on you and your flirting!

It looks like you’re waving

Possibly the reason you are so comfortable around people now is that we took you on your first trip this month! You flew on four planes, from Nashville to Virginia Beach and back. You are a flexible travel companion, and I appreciate it. You met great grandparents, aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles, and cousins. You also experienced many firsts: the beach, a fourth of July pool party, and a hibachi dinner! It was so fun watching you take in all of the new experiences, and I have to reiterate how flexible you were the entire time. You are such a go with the flow baby!

First plane ride!

You are very excited about something!

Getting ready for the beach

Getting carried to the beach

At the beach

Relaxing with Great Grandpa

Flirting with Great Grammie

Snugging with Great Aunt Liz, cousin Rachel, and Great Grand Sarah

Laughing with Pappy

The last major change this month is the transition from bassinet to crib. Around the half month mark, right after we returned from Virginia Beach, your nighttime sleep started to derail as you fought the swaddle. So, Dad and I tried to move you to your crib still swaddled, and you wanted no part of it. So, we dropped the swaddle, let you cry it out, and you adjusted so easily to your crib at night! The crying was minimal, by the way, and I was shocked by the ease. I cannot say the same for naps. You went from taking 40 plus minute naps to 20 minute naps, and it took a full two weeks to adjust. We even skipped church to power through nap training with two parents at home since I was so stressed about it! You did adjust, though, and you seem much happier in your crib. You move a lot at night, occasionally wake up and talk yourself back to sleep, but you’re only waking once or twice to nurse, and you’re sleeping much longer in the mornings, which I love (6:40 as opposed to 5:20).

Blurry pic, but you’re peacefully sleeping in your crib

This is when you were having nap troubles. I gave in and let you nap on me.

Everett, you are so incredibly loved. I can’t wait to see what the next month brings. You’re close to rolling from back to belly, and I’m watching carefully for the day you figure it out! Thanks for being such a sweet, social, snuggle bug.

Love,

Mama

 

3 Month Letter to Everett

Dear Everett,

Happy three months little man. Let’s start with a mom confession: I totally call you Evie. When you’re older, this probably won’t be cool, and I’ll start calling you Everett again. Right now, though, you’re so little and Evie seems to suit you. So, Evie it is.

Tummy time champ

You still love your moose

You are laughing a lot this month, and I am loving it! So is your brother, Denver, who is the cause for much of your laughter. You think it’s funny when he bounces on the trampoline, and you watch everything he does all day long. I hardly have to entertain you half the time because you are mesmerized by watching him. Sometimes he makes loud excited sounds, and you mimic them, and it’s amazing to watch you two interact in this way. I’m so thankful that you’re becoming best buds.

Laughing

Brotherly love

While you laugh a lot, you did have a complete breakdown at church one Sunday morning. I think you were overtired, but honestly, it was a bit uncharacteristic for you. You were so panicked that I couldn’t calm you down and had to ask Dad to assist. He came back to the nursery area, rocked you in a chair, and you immediately calmed down and fell asleep. It was sweet and lovely and I’m so glad that you love your Dad so much.

Everett, you’ve discovered your tongue and you think it’s fun to stick it out all the time. You also love it when I stick my tongue out at you. We sit on the couch sticking our tongues out at each other, and it’s a fun way to spend the afternoons. Speaking of body parts, you’re finally filling out your belly. You’ve been such a skinny baby up to this point. Keep drinking that milk, little man. Your feet are also fun. You have these little zebra and tiger socks that you wear in your bouncy chair, and you kick and stare and try to grab ahold of these socks each day. So cute!

That tongue!

Those socks!

This month you experienced a first: swimming in the pool! The cool water initially alarmed you, but you adapted very quickly and actually enjoyed floating around with me. I’m planning to take you to the pool pretty often, so get pumped!

This is a pic from the pool. I couldn’t take one in the water because I didn’t want to get the phone wet!

Finally, we took some family photos this month to make sure we captured you as a baby! Everett, it was tricky to take the pics. You acted like a sweet little champion baby, but Denver continually tried to derail the process. It’s a wonder that we were able to get any good pics! But, we did, and you’re adorable, and I’m so thankful to have memories from this season.

Love love LOVE you little Evie! Happy three months!

Love,

Mama

 

Bouncing Back from Birth

Each time I birth a baby, I feel incredible pressure from friends and family to get back to my regular life. When will I stop going to bed early? When will I travel again? When will I get a sitter and go out? When will I lose the last ten pounds and fit into my jeans? Basically, when will I go back to being who I once was?

With my first child, I tried so hard to bounce back quickly. I didn’t want people to see that I was struggling, and I had a hard time setting boundaries. I took on too much too soon, and I paid a heavy price physically and mentally.

This time around, I feel the pressure, and I feel guilt. I also feel the extra ten pounds when I try to squeeze into my shorts that still will not fit. I want to be back to my old routines, and my old weight. I feel like I am letting people down when they bring up what life was like before the new baby or when they glance at my midsection curious as to why I lost the weight much more quickly with my first.

This time around, though, I know better. I know it takes time to bounce back. I know that I will bounce back. I also know that these first few months with a newborn are challenging and draining and that what my family and I need most is a calm home environment and togetherness. Most of all, my newborn needs me. Life around me continues to move swiftly, but life in my home pauses for a period. In many ways, it is a holy period, a sacred time of learning to love and live with a new little person. This time around, I am embracing the pause, I am breathing in the simple moments, and I am cherishing this season in my heart.

Babies are only little for so long, and that so long is fleeting. So yes, one day I’ll put on my size six jeans, arrange for a babysitter, travel to Europe, and spend my nights walking the streets in Lucerne or dancing beneath the stars in Venice. I’ll stay up late to see the newest Marvel movie in theaters with my best friends, and I’ll join a sports league to get some exercise and burn off this baby weight.

In the meantime, I am going to nurse my new baby to sleep. I am going to kiss his sweet head, smile back at him when snugging him into his swaddle blanket, and whisper how very much I love him. Because one day he won’t need me to swaddle him up, read him a book, or sing him a song in order to drift off to sleep. He won’t need me, because he had me, and these memories we are making matter more to me than almost anything else could.

Bouncing back from birth is overrated. It’s much more fulfilling to bounce around a house with little people who don’t care about your weight or what life was like before they were born. With the birth of each baby is the birth of a new relationship and a new journey into motherhood. What joy this brings. So, I’ll see you all in a few months. Right now, I’m off to bounce with my baby.

2 Month Letter to Everett

Dear Everett,

Happy two months, little man! I am loving this age. You are so adorable, with your big smiles that start at the eyes, and your gentle laughter, which I can literally feel in your chest and back while holding you. You have a very sweet personality, and it melts my heart when you stare into my eyes for long periods of time.

Sweetest smile

You are outgrowing your evening fussiness, and I am soooo thankful! You definitely made full use of the witching hours, but you’ve recently calmed and evenings are more enjoyable. You especially settle down at bath time now that you bathe with Denver. It’s pretty adorable watching you two in the tub together. I love seeing your friendship grow.

It still takes some time to get you to sleep each night, but you are a tremendous sleeper, waking only 1-2 times a night to nurse, and going back to sleep fairly easily. You switched from a velcro swaddler to a blanket swaddle midway through the month, and you definitely prefer being able to move around more. The night sleep has been such a relief for your Dad and me, so please keep it up, little buddy!

Peaceful

You’ve already hit your first major milestone, and that’s because you are ROLLING! At five weeks you surprised me when you rolled from your tummy to back. Then you did it several more times in a row, and again the next day! What a champ. I keep a close eye on you now because I am always afraid you’re gonna roll off furniture.

This has nothing to do with rolling, but it’s cute.

Ev, I absolutely love your expressions. You have many. They are the most obvious when you are staring at your toy moose, Mortimer. I am glad to see that you have a goofy side. You are also very happy while playing on your play mat. You’re already swatting at toys, and it’s interesting to see that you have an independent side. You will play on your mat for 30 minutes at a time, and it’s very peaceful to watch.

Seriously, what is this expression? You and Den look like you’re up to something!

I told Dad you look like a boss and Denver looks like your muscle. So hilarious!

Your hair is getting longer now, and there is one spot that is extra long in the back. Dad calls it your Alfalfa patch, and it makes me laugh because it often sticks up a bit.

Alfalfa patch

As calm as you are, you detest the car seat. You seem to run warm, and you get hot in the car, which makes you cry louder, which makes you sweat more. Good grief. The car seat is your friend, Everett! I am hoping you’ll learn this soon.

You look somewhat less than amused

Everett, you really are an incredibly sweet little boy, and it’s lovely how easily you’re comforted when Dad and I pick you up. We love you so much and are so thankful that you’re a part of our family. Happy two months! You actually get two pics because I can’t decide which is the best.

This pic shows your scrappy side.

This pic shows your calm side. LOVE your calm side.

Love,

Mama

1 Month Letter to Everett

Dear Everett,

You are here! I’m so delighted, little man, because you took your time arriving. I could not believe it when I reached 40 weeks and you decided to stay put, so when you officially arrived at 40 weeks and 6 days, it was such a relief! I was worried about your size, and for no good reason. You weighed only 7 lbs, 1 oz. at birth. Clearly you needed that extra week to put on some weight. You were long, though, born at 20.5 inches. Your weight is picking up now, and I’ll be curious to see the weight to height ratio at your next appointment.

Let me just say, you’re adorable. You have long fingers and toes, a prominent nose that looks just like your daddy, and my cleft chin! I still remember the moment the doctor placed you on my chest immediately after birth, and I pray I’ll remember that feeling for the rest of my life. It was a holy moment.

Not the first moment, but very soon after

This first month had it’s ups and downs. Week 1 you were a perfect angel baby, napping all day, sleeping all night, and barely crying. It was calm and comforting to us all. Week 2 was rough. You woke up a bit, became much more vocal, and decided you didn’t want to nap during the day. I really think it had a lot to do with tummy troubles that have since settled down. Life has calmed considerably these last two weeks. We’re still working on naps, but I’m getting better at reading your sleep cues, and you seem to be more comfortable with the nap routine. You’re happy for an hour of awake time, and then I calm you (or try to) and swaddle you up. The evenings are rough from 6-9ish, but there have been a few calmer nights recently, and I am hoping that you’re settling into a nightly routine. At the very least, you are amazing at nursing quickly and going back to sleep at night on your own. That is a wonderful gift to Dad and me, and we are so thankful.

Nap time success thanks to a perfect swaddle

Getting ready for bed with Dad and Denver

Let’s talk about your brother. He loves you, and he’s perplexed by you. When you wake from naps, he comes running to help pick you up. When you were crying one day, he grabbed a nearby pacifier, bolted from a room so fast that he ran into a door, and continued into your bedroom where he gave you the paci. He reads to you, holds you, and asks for you whenever we are at mealtime and you’re not in your seat. So that’s the positive. He has tried to launch off of you a few times, there have been some close calls with his feet kicking near you, and he tried to pick you up all by himself once and you both fell to the floor. I am thankful that babies are durable.

Meeting your brother for the first time

Denver loves to read to you

Speaking of durable, you visited the ER this month. I was babywearing you in the backyard on a very muddy day. Denver was covered in mud, and I bent down to take off his shoes. In the process, you fell out of the baby carrier, head first, and landed on the deck. I am SOOOOOOO sorry, Everett! You are fine, but let me say, it was the absolute worst day of my life. Love you, little man. (If it helps, please know that you projectile pooped in my hair one day.)

Poor little head

I am still getting to know your personality, but I get the impression that you’re generally calm and snuggly. You absolutely love being carried, hate taking baths, and make the cutest facial expressions. Dad and I are both smitten.

My sweet snug bug

First bath at home

So many expressions

Happy 1 month Everett! Welcome to Team Sledge!

Love,

Mama

P.S. Here is one of our first pics as a family of four!

18 Month Letter to Denver

Dear Denver,

Little man, you are so loved! Toddlerhood is a great stage for you, and the last six months have been my favorite so far. You have grown from a baby into a little boy, and I am so thankful to watch you learn and play each day.

My handsome boy

Let’s start with music. You are a dance machine! When you hear music, you cannot sit still. You wave your arms, kick your feet, spin in circles, and have invented quite a few impressive dance moves. The most original is what your Dad affectionately named the “stanky arm.” I have never met someone who loves to dance as much as you, and I love that it’s such an important part of your personality. Along with dancing, you love playing the piano, harmonica, and train whistle. You will even do hand motions to songs like “Baby Bumblebee.” Our house is very loud and full of joy since music is playing all day long.

I wish this were a singing pic, but you’re really just being crazy.

You have so many words now! “Clock” is probably your favorite, followed closely by the phrase “Oh no!” You can recognize the letters “a,” “c,” and “o” as well as the numbers “five” and “six.” You also know many animal noises, and it’s adorable watching you sound like an elephant, horse, owl, and dinosaur. You can even name numerous body parts, including your heart and butt!

Being cute in the kitchen

This should come as no surprise, but you’re fast on your feet, climbing everything in sight. This is both fascinating and frustrating. I love watching you climb ladders and chairs and stairs. I do not enjoy prying you off the back of couches, the kitchen table, and any other dangerous items you so quickly scale. Seriously, I cannot take my eyes off of you.

On top of the kitchen table

Your Aunt Lo moved to Nashville this summer, and she is basically your best friend. When she comes over to play, you run to the door and grab her hand and take her to your newest toy. She walks you around the neighborhood, letting you explore, and she has bought some of your favorite toys, including an art easel and bubbles. I love watching the love you both have for each other. The laughter is contagious.

Aunt Lo bought you the Star Wars shirt.

You are incredibly mechanical. Aunt Lo always tells me to keep tools away from you because you’ll tear apart the house. I think she’s right. You have a knack for finding how furniture and appliances are put together, and you use your tools to pretend to work on everything. You even help Dad with small projects around the house because you understand how screwdrivers and hammers work. It’s incredible to watch you think and process information. Truly, you amaze me.

Helping Dad set up some shelves

You are not the biggest fan of new experiences. You played in snow for the first time, and it lasted about 15 minutes. Next year, I’ll try to get you some actual snow gear so you’re not as cold. You also took swim lessons. During the first lesson, you were the screamer in the pool, crying and shivering, and it was really pitiful to watch. By the last lesson, you were dragging Dad to get in the pool with you, chasing all the fish around, and blowing bubbles in the water. It was an amazing transformation, and I’m grateful that we took lessons!

We traveled to Virginia again, this time for Christmas! It was a quick trip, and honestly one of the easier ones. Now that you eat all solid food, we didn’t have to pack any bottles or baby food. We spent much time with Great Grammie and Grandpa, and you had lots of fun running around their house on Christmas Eve.

Fun times with Great Grammie and Grandpa!

We had some big life events come up over the last six months. The first is that we moved! The train noise was not great for my sanity, so your Dad and I decided to move to Franklin. Our new house is train free, a bit bigger, and we’ve all adapted well. The backyard is quite a bit smaller, more kid friendly, and I enjoy watching you run around the big tree in the afternoons. We also take many walks around the neighborhood, making great use of the sidewalks.

Walking on the sidewalk, so happy

Even though we no longer live by a train, you still wanted to be a train conductor for Halloween!

The bigger news is that you’re about to become a big brother! I know, I can’t believe it either! Little Everett is due at the end of March, and I am so excited to introduce you to each other. I have LOVED having a sister so close in age, and I pray that you will love having a little brother so close in age as well. I pray that you will be best friends, playmates, and companions for your entire lives. You have such a helpful personality, and I know that you will be an amazing big brother.

Dad is training you up to be a big helper.

Denver, you are so loved. Often, in the evenings, you have three adults and two dogs sitting with you during your bedtime routine. Your room is filled with love, and I am thankful for the peaceful routine we’re in right now. Thanks for being such a charismatic kid, for giving hugs, and snuggling up during tv time. Thanks for grabbing my hand and pulling me around the house because you’re so interested in showing me everything that brings you excitement. I love being your Mama, and I cherish these days while you’re still little and full of such physical love.

With love,

Mama

 

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