Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two Months with Our Little Liam Babe

Sweet Liam babe is two months old!!

Weighing in at 8 pounds 10 ounces and measuring 21 inches long most people that go a few days without seeing him comment on how big he's getting! He's too long for newborn pajamas so we just made the switch to 0-3 months for length. He's still wearing newborn onesies, shirts and newborn pants still have lots of room in the waist. He moved up to size one diapers, too!

Our little man took his first road trips this month! He traveled to Grammy and Grandpap's in Pennsylvania for his cousin's first birthday party and went to Pop Pop and Mimi's in Maryland for his first Apple Fest. We also took him to the pumpkin patch for the first time! He slept through most of it, but it's a memory we'll always cherish. Londyn Grace even picked out a pumpkin for her little brother!

This month he met a lot of our extended family! He was introduced to his great grandparents, Oma and Opa, and to his great Aunt Crystal and Uncle Bert on Daddy's side. On Mama's side, Aunt Brenda, Cousin Becki and Aunt Janni all got to snuggle him for the first time. Cousins Jordan and Matthew met him, too!  He also got to meet one of Mama's fellow teachers from her old school and lots of other friends at the Apple Festival.

notice the extra hand in the corner?! Someone loves her brother!
This little man loves to nurse and still nurses every two hours most days. He loves to hold mama's fingers or onto my shirt  while he eats! If we're out and about, there are times when he'll go three hours if he falls asleep in his carseat. {Speaking of his carseat, if he's awake, he pretty much hates it and isn't shy about letting us know it!} He took his first bottle of mama's milk like a champ a few weeks ago. Some days he's the king of the cluster feed and wants to nurse and nurse and not take a single nap! Other days, he naps well in his rock and play or in the Solly wrap. At night, he settles around 11 and usually sleeps until 2:30 before waking to eat but he went the longest he's ever gone the other night sleeping until 4:30; in the morning! When he wakes, he snuggles in Daddy and Mama's bed until its time to get up for the day.

Last month, I had suspected acid reflux being a problem for him, but a lot of those issues have subsided and our pediatrician doesn't think we have anything to worry about! 

His biggest and sweetest accomplishment was showing us his precious smile for the first time! He's quick to do it for Mimi, Grammy and his big sister, but it takes a little more work for mama to get one! I was thrilled when I caught one on camera! He's cooing now, too!

It's been such a wonderful month cuddling and cherishing our sweet boy! We are soaking up all the snuggles knowing he will outgrow them all too soon!

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Letter to my Two Year Old

Sweet Londyn Grace,

        It's October third. Today, you are two, Lovey Lou!

        I vividly recall typing your letter last year and I can hardly believe that it was 365 nights ago that
I sat on the couch in tears recounting the first twelve months with you. It's even harder to believe that it was another two whole years ago, that I sat cradling all six pounds of you in my arms, in awe of what of the gift we had been given.

        Yes. It was your birth day, but we, your Daddy and I, got the present. We were given the best when God gave us you!

       The past twelve months have been nothing short of amazing. The first year was such a blur of constant feedings and just trying to figure out motherhood in general, but in your second year, I have truly been able to just watch as you transformed from a baby to a little girl right before my eyes. It's hard to pinpoint exactly when it happened, but somehow it just did.

        You have the sweetest heart and I pray that the Lord uses that to draw you to Himself sooner rather than later. Your concern for others at such a young age simply humbles me. Tonight, I stubbed my toe and when you heard me say "Ow!" you promptly left the book you were looking at to come over and give it a "tiss!" and rub it so gently. I hope that you will always be so kind and compassionate.

You've done so many "Big Girl" things this year. Sleeping in a big girl bed, potty training, going to class at church by yourself. You definitely aren't a baby anymore and while I will always miss my itty bitty babe and wish I could nurse you to sleep just one more time, I am just so privileged to watch you grow.
One of the biggest changes in your little life has been the addition of your baby brother to our family. I worried so much about how you would respond to him, but you have done an amazing job in your
big sister role! You love your brother so much! You are forever wanting to say "Hi to the boy!" or asking to "Hold, Miam!" It thrills my heart!

      Goosey, you are so smart and have an incredible memory. You speak so well, communicating with hundreds of words. You know your alphabet, your colors, the words to your favorite songs. Speaking of singing, you seem to have a constant song in your heart. I hope you never lose that.

    There is so much about you that I wish I could bottle up and keep forever. The way you call for me each morning asking "Where's Daddy?" from your bed before you walk, arms full of your books and babies, into my room and climb into bed with me. The way your wrap your arms around me and start singing "My Girl" when I pick you up to carry you down the stairs. The way you answer "Otay!" after I tell you something. I could go on and on.

  Your bright blue eyes and golden curls catch the attention of so many. We are constantly told how beautiful you are, and we couldn't agree more!

I always feel like the words don't convey how much you truly mean to me. Please know what a treasure you are!

You continue to bring sunshine to our home just as your did on that rainy Wednesday two Octobers ago when you made your grand entrance after just over three hours of labor.

You certainly bring warmth to our cloudy days! You are our month of May! :) 

I should get to sleep so I will have the energy to keep up with you when you wake in a few hours!

Happy TWO to you, my girl!

Mama loves you! More and more and more!