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Dear Petunia (month 9 and 10)

Posted in letter, parenting, petunia, teething with tags on May 14, 2008 by erin

Dear Petunia,
These months go so fast. Although sometimes it seems the actual day’s kind of creep but then I find myself sitting down to write about you and I can’t remember. What happened in month 9 or 10? Will this be how it is from now on? You just keep accomplishing things and getting bigger while I’m picking up your messes, giving you hugs and kisses and nurturing you and then suddenly you are in college or married or having your own children and I’m left wondering what happened to my baby. Time slow down, please!

You have done a lot of changing in these two short months. At 9 months it was easy. I could set you down in the living room and come back two hours later and you would be in the same place. Of course I would NEVER do that, just leave you for two hoursJ all alone but if I wanted to I could have. I didn’t realize how easy I had it. Then some time during our trip to Europe you mastered crawling. And when we got back my calm and sane life had been forever changed. Not only did you master crawling but I swear you go about mach 10 especially when you know I’m chasing after you. It’s so cute to watch you crawl around. Your favorite objects to crawl to are of course the dog who ALWAYS growls at you, the remote, dad’s phone and computer and if someone left the baby gate open you are through there in a flash. You can manage the stairs very well; for now of course I’m right behind you.

Not only are you crawling but you are standing up a lot and using anything in your reach to help you accomplish this. I’m proud of you too because I’ve read babies learn to stand but can’t figure out how to get back down. Not you. You figured that out on day one, that’s what that cushioned bottom is for. You simply bend your knees and plop.

Speaking of Europe you can read about that trip in other posts but I just wanted to tell you, you were so great the whole time. You took your first international flight well before your mama or daddy did. I imagine you will be a seasoned traveler soon since we hope to do a trip each year. What a lucky girl. I can’t really say if you enjoyed the trip but I can say your mama and daddy did. You ate crapes and baguettes in France, which you wolfed down (yep, you take after your mama). Once you figured out the time change you did amazingly well sleeping. You did get a cold and tooth #3.

You are working on tooth #4 now. Those two front teeth seem to cause you great pain. I don’t blame you; I can’t imagine how it feels to cut sharp objects through soft gums. The second top tooth seemed extra rough for you and then it was rough for me since you wouldn’t nap and were extra grumpy. Thankfully that lasted only about a week and things seem back to normal now. I have my happy kiddo back for which I am thankful.

You can say ut-oh (I’m not sure how to spell that word but it is like if you were to drop something and say “ut-oh”). It is so cute. Sometimes you will repeat us and sometimes you just say it on your own when you throw things on the floor. More and more you are babbling, although babbling doesn’t seem the correct description because it seems like you are really talking and trying to get your point across.

We enrolled you in another music session and you still love it. This time you won’t sit still so usually I’m singing to myself.

You took your first bike ride in the burley with Daddy. You thought it was okay but you didn’t like the bumpy roads.

Your first birthday is coming up soon. I cannot believe you are almost a year old. I do miss those tiny baby days but at the same time glad they are over. I am thoroughly enjoying watching you learn and grow. You are the joy of my life.

Love, Mama

 

 

Dear Petunia, Month Eight

Posted in letter, petunia with tags , on March 4, 2008 by erin

My intention for this blog was to keep family and friends updated on P’s progress. That quickly changed when I realized I wanted a canvas to speak my mind and don’t want my parents or in-laws reading about it. And though I have a different set of readers it’s still my intention to document Petunia’s life. What better way than in a letter that summarizes a month or two or many in hopes that someday she will read what I have written.

Dear Petunia,

Your eighth month here on earth was filled with great accomplishments. Your eating improved vastly and you are happy to eat what I make instead of eating only food from a jar. This makes your mama happy as it is more cost effective to make your food. You are now eating only three bottles a day and three meals and you love to snack on Gerber “puffs”. You stuff a whole bunch in your mouth at once! You can drink from a sippy cup but you still want me to hold it for you.

You sleep very well now, after working on your naps for many weeks you finally will sleep an hour or two! At night you go to sleep easily after a bath, bottle and story and almost always sleep until 6:30 or 7!

You got your first fever but thankfully it didn’t last long and a week later your first cold. You were a champ through it all. We missed going to Nana and Papa’s house because you were sick. They were bummed but understood. We will visit them soon. They came up to see you since you couldn’t make it to their house and they watched you one night so mommy and daddy could go out together. I think you had a pretty good time and even giggled for them! You haven’t even done that for your parents yet so I was pretty jealous.

You hair is still light brown or dirty blonde and it’s getting some curls, which I think is cute but you may not when you are older. So far your eyes are staying blue. You do a lot of babbling mostly mama (of courseJ) and dada too. Sometimes you even throw in a gaga or just a whole heap of mumbo jumbo. You sometimes get frustrated quickly and grunt to show us you are not happy in your current situation.

You love to roll around on the floor and have mastered the art of rolling. That is how you get around currently although I think crawling is right around the corner. You can stay on your hands and knees for quite some time and even in the last few days have begun moving forward just centimeters but crawling will come quickly, I ‘m sure, and then what do I do? When left alone you will find a way to get to the stereo and speakers or space heater but your favorite is the pile of magazines and you usually choose to chew on People. Ah, you do take after your mama.

You are in a music class and love it. You clap your hands and dance and smile. We sing silly songs to you and the other kids. You play with lots of instruments. We even have the CD at home and when I sing the songs to you, you just light up. We are in class with your two friends, G&G. Sometimes you like to play with them instead of listen to the music but I think that’s quite alright. Now when we go to church and sing songs you instantly start to kick your legs and boogie! Speaking of church, each week we put you in the crawler class but you don’t last very long. It might be separation anxiety but you would much rather be with mom and dad. One day you will be very excited for children’s church.

We took our first long drive without daddy to see some friends just an hour north of our town. You did so great. We sang your songs from music class and you played with your car seat strap and even though this was the worst day of your cold you had a pretty good time. Your friend, S, liked you right away and wanted to share your bottle and snacks.

You had your 9 month check up and the dr. said you looked great. You are healthy and still a big kid, you weighed in at 19.1 lbs. and 28 ¾ inches long 75% for weight and 95% for height. You do have a bit of a rash and the Dr. said it was probably eczema. It doesn’t seem to bother you so that’s good. We got hydrocortisone cream and Lubriderm lotion to make it better. Doc. isn’t sure if its food related so we have to watch and see if eating something makes it worse. I hope it goes away soon.

Petunia, I think that is most of what has happened in the last month. I hope I didn’t leave too much out and I hope to continue this tradition until you’re on your way to college.

I love you with all my heart.

Mama