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Letters to my Daughters – March

Dear Emily, this month has seen a huge transformation in your social interactions.  You have gone from tears when being dropped at childcare, to being so excited at the mere mention that you will be going.  You stop whatever you are doing and start waving bye bye to me, come over and give me a kiss, then find daddy and hurry him along so that you can get going.  You are also interacting with other children so much more – at childcare, at the playground – everywhere.

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You’ve had your share of colds and fevers this month, finishing the month on antibiotics for tonsillitis.  Otherwise you have been happy and active, your confidence is soaring and you are testing your physical boundaries and capabilities more and more every day.  It’s resulting in a few bumped heads and tears, but you approach life at a run now and you don’t let anything hold you back.

You have gone up another shoe size, into size 8 now and most of your clothes are a size 2 – they’re a bit long in the arms, but the length of the pants and tops is perfect for you.  We went to a party for a 4-yr old the other day and after you got over your initial shyness you had an absolute ball, playing with the hoops and right at the end you got up the nerve to go on the jumping castle – I didn’t think we would ever get you off, you thought it was all a big laugh.

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Dear Sophie, you seem to be growing and getting bigger almost every day at the moment.  You are sleeping for shorter periods through the day, but you still sleep through the night for us.  You had your 4 month immunisations and check up this month and passed with flying colours, although I thought you were going to jump out of my lap with the first needle, you got such a fright!

You are becoming much more alert and aware of your surroundings, watching everything going on with great interest – especially if it involves your big sister.  You are enjoying tummy time a lot more and are getting very strong.  You have rolled over from front to back a few times now and are trying with all your might to go from back to front but you don’t quite have it yet.  I don’t think it will be long now though.

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You have become a real chatterbox too and will carry on a gurgly, burbly conversation with us for several minutes at a time.  You are still our happy, smiley, chubby little girl and very easy going and happy to fit in with whatever is going on.

Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxoxoxox

For the next blog in our Letters to Our Children circle, head on over and see what Jacqueline has to say

 

 


Letter to my Daughters – February

Gorgeous girls, you both keep changing and growing so quickly!

Dear Emily, your smile and laughter are contagious.  We’ve heard a little less of them than usual this month as you have suffered through a few nasty colds for the first time.  The latest saw you with a bit of a temperature and major sniffles for a whole week, followed up with a bout of gastro (which you shared with the rest of us too).  For that week or two you just wanted your mummy and were not interested in being around anyone else.  Luckily you are now over that and are back to your usual happy, energetic self.

You have settled in to the one nap routine pretty well now and we think you must be going through another growth spurt as your appetite is huge.  I think you eat more in a day than I do at the moment!  You are having more fun at the park and continue pushing your limits and seeing what you can do.  This resulted in a fat lip a couple of days ago, but you also mastered going head first down the big slide and at home you love drawing and throwing a ball around, making sure that everyone has a turn.  You were very brave at the start of this week getting your 18 month immunisations and check up.  You are now 11.3kg and height is 82cm, you have very few clear words, but I take it as a good sign that your clearest word so far is “yum” and is used liberally at meal time.

You are becoming more affectionate all the time now, cuddles and holding our hands are a regular part of the days now.  The cutest thing from you at the moment though by far, is when you see mummy and daddy have a cuddle, you give us the biggest grin and make your “happy” noise.

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Dear Sophie, you are still our happy, chubby little girl and you are growing so much!  Other than a quick bout of gastro a week ago, you have had a pretty good month.  You continue to sleep through the night, feed well and your feeds have become fairly predictable which really helps us plan things.  You have gone up another nappy size – only one size below your big sister now.

You are becoming more and more alert and interactive too – grabbing anything that touches your little fingers and smiling your great big grin when you wake up and see us looking at you.  You’re getting the hang of tummy time and managed to roll from front to back, doing it twice each way earlier this week, although you haven’t done it again yet.  Your big sister still loves being with you and whenever you are up she wants to come over and touch your toes and hands and for your part, you can’t take your eyes off her when she is near.

You hit the 4 month mark two days ago and we take you for your immunisations and check up next week.  Looking forward to seeing how much you have grown and to what the next month with you brings.

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Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxoxoxo

For the next blog in the Letters to our Children circle, head on over to read what Rebecca has to say!

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Letter to my Daughters – January

Dear Emily, another big month of changes for you in January.  Your first days at childcare – you’re the oldest in the “babies” room and although you cry and carry on when we leave you there, you settle in quickly and seem to be loving all the different activities available.  They are long days for you though and you always come home exhausted and ready for some quiet time with mummy and daddy.  You also had your first cold which neither of us enjoyed at all.  You were miserable with a sore throat which would wake you up multiple times during the night needing to be soothed back to sleep again.  Luckily the accompanying high temperature didn’t last long and you got better quickly.

You are quickly growing and becoming more confident in your abilities and around other people.  You love playing on the equipment at the local playground and will now happily go down the “big” slide and you are becoming more comfortable when other children are playing there as well.  As long as they don’t try and get too close to you!

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You are finally making the transition to a single day sleep.  I’m a bit sad to see the two sleeps go and you are getting very tired by the end of the day, but it will let us do a lot more things once you settle into it properly.  It is already helping with you getting to sleep more quickly in the evenings which is lovely for us.

You still adore your little sister, and it is her you go to first when I come to pick you up from childcare or when daddy brings you home.  You love touching her and helping us look after her, letting us know if we have forgotten something or put things in the wrong place.  You are growing up into a gorgeous, helpful and caring little girl.

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Dear Sophie, you are the happiest, most settled little baby I have ever come across.  You feed well and have already dropped back to only four feeds a day.  They are big feeds, but you show no interest in getting fed more frequently at this point and have lovely long sleeps between times.  You are also sleeping through the night nearly every night for which we are very thankful.  And you sleep in later than the rest of us!  This week has seen you up usually some time around 7am, which lets the rest of us get up, showered and fed before you most mornings which makes a great start to the day for us.

You are becoming quite alert and when you wake up wanting a feed, you don’t cry, but rather just lay there with your eyes wide open taking in everything around you.  When I come over and call your name, you search until you find me and then give the most beautiful, big smiles and you seem so happy.

You have been gaining weight rather impressively as well.  We had to move you up another clothing size sooner than we expected (and some of those are a bit short for you already!) and you show no signs of losing any of the chubbiness you have had since the beginning.  You are a gorgeous, happy, easy going, chubby little baby.

Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxoxo

The next blog in our “Letters to our Children” blog circle is from Melanie, so pop on over and have a look at her photos and letter for this month.

Letter to my Daughters – December

Dear Emily, you’re getting older now and the big milestones are coming along a bit slower, but we can still see you growing and learning every day.  You are adjusting to the presence of your new sister and love trying to help us with her – letting us know when she cries, trying to rock the pram, and constantly trying to touch her little hands and feet whenever you have the chance.

You are still having trouble with going down to sleep, but luckily for all of us this is now only a problem for you at night and your day sleeps are pretty much back to normal.  You still need your two naps during the day, but you don’t get quite as tired and cranky if they are a bit shorter.  Although you do prefer your long sleeps still!

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We had a few outings for you this month and some fun new experiences.  You went to a water play area with lots of fountains – you were a bit scared of it all but got braver the longer we were there.  It was a still a bit too much for you though at times and you would switch between laughing and crying continually.  We also went to the zoo twice!  This was much more interesting.  There were animals you could get close to and touch and you thought the elephants were so funny, you were still laughing about them 10 minutes later.  It’s a big day for you going to the zoo, but you had so much fun and we will be trying to get back there regularly.

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Your balance is improving and when we take you for walks you are practically running the whole way now.  You can do little twirls (although you can get a bit dizzy), and at the park can get yourself on to the see-saw and love trying to walk up the slide.  You can walk quite a long way now too – up to distances over 1km.

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Your toys have become your “babies” and we often see you picking them up and patting them on the back or trying to give them a drink from your water bottle.  While you haven’t said any words yet, you have perfected the art of answering our questions with a nod or shake of your head, which helps us work out what you want a lot.  Usually it’s for more food!  But it is also useful when you want to let us know you are tired.

You find so many things amusing at the moment and are so often laughing and giggling away to some private joke or just at us, you are our happy, sunny, active little girl.

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Dear Sophie, what a month for you!  At the start of the month we had your 6 week check up and everything about you is coming along perfectly.  Height and weight are both hovering around 50th percentile which is lovely – you have perfect chubby little arms and legs, much more so than your sister had at the same age.  Your interactions with people and ability to hold a gaze were advanced for your age, so much so that the nurse could hardly believe that you had turned up 3 weeks early!

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You have cut down to five bottles a day already and only one of those through the night which is lovely for us as we are starting to get some decent sleep again.  You are becoming much more alert during your awake periods and even have little “chats” with us already, making the cutest little goo and gaa sounds.  We didn’t get this from Emily, so it’s lovely seeing the differences between you both already.

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You are growing quickly and it looks like you will be out of the 000 clothes soon and into just 00 – it is all happening so fast.  We have taken you out in the car quite a bit recently and luckily you are perfectly behaved and don’t seem to mind it at all.  Most of the time you just fall asleep with the movement of the car.  Unfortunately, once we get where we are going it’s not quite as smooth.  As long as we are moving (like at the zoo), you are happy enough, but if we want to stay in one place it doesn’t take long before you are crying the place down.  This makes it a little difficult to get out and about and take your sister to interesting places, but hopefully it is a short phase and we can start doing more soon.

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Love you both lots and lots and lots

xoxoxoxo

For the next blog in our Letters to our Children circle, please head over to Nicole’s blog for some more gorgeous photos and memories.

And one last photo of Emily – I’m loving this girls crazy faces at the moment…

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Letter to Emily & Sophie – November

And then there were two!

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Welcome to the world Sophie Lee Eales!  You couldn’t wait any longer and made your way in to the world 3 weeks early, just hours after last months letter to Emily went live.  Your birth and first few weeks have been relatively easy compared to the chaos your sister brought to us.  The birth was straight forward, and I was able to cuddle you straight away while Dad cut the cord and before they tried to weigh you.  Despite being early, all your stats were perfect (almost bang on 50th percentile for everything), you had a little jaundice but nothing of any concern.

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You continued to lose a little weight after leaving hospital, but since then have started to thrive – putting on almost double the “recommended” weight gain and you continue to fill out and are growing up before our eyes.  You are already so much more aware of your world than when we first brought you home.  We have been pretty lucky with you, while we are still sleep deprived and struggling with juggling everything, you continue to feed well and, while we might complain, you really do sleep pretty well.

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And Emily, my gorgeous, gorgeous girl.  Such a big month for you with Sophie arriving.  You came and visited Mummy and Sophie in hospital a few times and while you were curious about Sophie you were more interested in investigating the hospital room.  Bringing Sophie home took a bit of adjustment and it was a few days before you were prepared to get close to her and a few more before you tried to touch her.  Now, a month on, you get concerned when she cries, you try and share your toys with her and love holding her little hands in yours when she is awake.

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You have been getting more and more adventurous too.  You’re running around everywhere and taking a few tumbles as you explore your limits – there have been a few bumps to your head this month.  While we have been fairly preoccupied with Sophie, you have still had lots of attention and outings, especially when Granny was down to give us a hand for that first week or so at home.  You are loving going for long walks now, investigating your surroundings as you go and picking up sticks, leaves and bark to carry with you.  You’re also loving your water play table on hot days and think it’s hilarious when someone sprays you with the hose – always coming back for more.

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You continue to eat almost anything we offer you, although you have gone off a few things you would eat previously.  We are starting to eat our dinner with you and serving you up a little of what we have to complement your dinner and you especially love eating whatever veges we offer.  You have finally dropped your last bottle and are 100% on solids now – getting so grown up!  You also have more teeth coming through.  The eye teeth are pushing out and it feels like the top ones could come through any day now.  We’ve had a few more tears and tantrums than usual this month, which we expected, but otherwise you continue to be your same happy, curious self and we love that you still sleep through the night (and until 6am now too!).

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Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxo

Have a look at Nicole’s letter to her daughter for November and her beautiful photos over on her blog

(All photos of Sophie were taken by my husband, Nick)

Letter to Emily – October

Gosh – another month has flown past!  We took you for your first trip to the beach this month.  You weren’t too impressed with the sand, especially when it was soft and sinky, but were fine if you could walk along with Dad or hold his hand when on the firmer stuff.  You enjoyed walking along the promenade and playing on the grass a lot more, but we’re determined to get you familiar with the beach and hopefully you will start enjoying it soon.

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We had to get someone in to give us a hand with you during the days as mummy ended up spending a night in hospital in the middle of the month having overdone things and being 8 months pregnant with your little sister.  Luckily you love the company and all the trips to the park and playground you are getting.  Your walking has improved out of sight and you are now managing the walk to the park and back without the pram which is fantastic.

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You are changing and growing on almost a daily basis it seems – coordination improving, interacting more and eating a wider variety of foods – and you still love the taste of everything we’ve given you!  You are happy enough to play on your own for a little while or interact with one or two other kids, but get a little overwhelmed when there are a lot of other kids around.  We had you playing with some home made play dough the other day, lots of blue food colouring made it look like you had been eating a wayward smurf!

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It’s hard to believe that by the time next months letter rolls around, you should have a little sister.  You still seem so small yourself and are still too little to understand what is happening.  I’m sure you will love her though (and hate her at times too!).

Love you lots and lots and lots

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Letter to Emily – September

September is here and spring has sprung!  We are getting out of the house more and more with you and your walking has come so far in just a few short weeks.  Mummy and Daddy love getting you out on the oval next to our house and letting you walk along.  Lots of exercise for you and now you expect it and get upset at us if we don’t let you out of the pram.  Even more fun is when we take the ball with us and let you kick it and throw it around.  You toddle all over the place with your arms tucked up like little chicken wings, still taking a tumble every now and then and insisting that Mummy wipes your hands clean for you if you get grass on them.

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All this activity has you with an increased appetite, you’re up to 5 meals a day and they just keep getting bigger.  You’re loving the appearance of summer fruit – blueberries are your favourite – and are enjoying some simple sandwiches as well.  They create a lot more mess for us to clean up but you enjoy them so much and with the warmer weather we are starting to get lunch outside a bit now.  We’ve even managed to drop your first bottle of the day some days and you really don’t seem to miss it at all.

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You are still getting in two naps during the day, but much to our dismay you are sleeping less at night and waking up far too early for us.  Especially for the last week or so!  Luckily you go down to sleep really well still and we have a few ideas to help you sleep longer again overnight but for now we will just have to cope with very early mornings.  Luckily you’re pretty happy and not grumpy about it.  Hoping that all the trips to the oval and the playground will help wear you out a bit too.  You’re loving the playground and take yourself to the swing all the time, but then when you actually get in the swing you have perfected the “bored” look.  We think you really do enjoy it though…

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It’s been a lovely month watching you get more and more mobile and confident in moving around.  Your Aunty Kate is sure she heard you say “ma” and point at me the other day, but Daddy and I still haven’t heard it.

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Love you lots and lots and lots.

For the next Letters to our Children blog post, hop on over to Sarah’s blog and have a look!

Letter to Emily – August

You had your first birthday this month!  What a year it has been, in so many ways the time has passed so quickly, yet it seems like you have always been here.  We had a party for you and there were lots of treats for you – your first taste of fairy bread, first piece of cake – you had a ball opening all your presents and looked gorgeous in your new party dress.

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Thankfully you seem to have finished teething for the moment, maybe it’s just coincidence, but your sleeping has improved and you have been all round happier and more interactive this month than ever before.  Mummy and Daddy have spent a lot of this month with one or the other of them not being well (swine flu is horrid, especially when pregnant!) and you have been seeing a lot more of your grandparents than usual.  You have been so well behaved  and they are even more smitten with you than before – if that’s possible!

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Another exciting development for you this month started about a week ago.  You tottered your first couple of steps on your own!  You were very proud of your achievement and got lots of admiration for your efforts, so now you’re toddling unsteadily around the place all the time.  Usually you have an end point in mind and while you don’t always make it in one go, every day you are taking an increasing number of steps and getting better balance.  It’s been so much fun watching you develop this skill and how much enjoyment you get out of it.

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I would have loved to get more photos of you this month, but I haven’t been well for the past few weeks, so I’m glad I at least have these beautiful ones from your birthday.

Love you lots and lots and lots xx

Follow on to the next letter (and beautiful photos) in our blog circle from Nicole Herda to her daughter.

Letter to Emily – July

Another month goes by and this one seems to have seen you change from being my baby to a little girl.  Your personality is really starting to come out and you have the most beautiful smile for us.  Your mobility has increased amazingly – both your balance and confidence are growing daily and we’re sure it won’t be long before you are standing and walking without any support.

This month I made sure I got some photos of you a few times.  I did some mini sessions for some other bubs around your age and had dad bring you along at the end to get some photos of you as well.  I love how these turned out and although you were a bit grumpy to start with, your smile came through and you even had some fun on the swing.  I love how in the first photo below you have kicked your right shoe off – you are always doing this and it rarely stays on for more than a couple of minutes at most.  We also got some photos of you having a bath – how this has changed since the last lot we took!  You stand at the bath and watch daddy getting it all ready for you, then you sit up in the bath and play with your toys while you have a wash.

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You’ve had still MORE teeth come through, a total of 12 now.  The molars are still giving you a bit of grief as they come through fully, so hopefully we can have a break now before you get any more.  Your other teeth are coming through further and you have a big toothy grin now.  Your feeding well and eating more and more solids, and more variety all the time.  We’ve dropped your last bottle of the day and you don’t seem to miss it at all, instead we finish off with some yoghurt and banana which is a firm favourite.  Lots of “mmmm mmmm mmm” sounds as you eat it.  And just the last couple of days you’ve dropped the daytime bottle as well, I think it may make a reappearance, but will see how you go.

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Your coordination is also improving almost daily.  We bought you some stacking rings and the past week has seen you go from trying “knock” them into place to purposefully picking each ring up, lining it up on the pole and letting it fall into position until you have put them all in place!  We’re very impressed with this and you seem to be pleased with yourself about it too.  You are also balancing on your own for longer and longer every day.  In the last week you’ve gone from just a couple of seconds to more than 10 seconds standing on your own yesterday!  Can’t be too much longer before you try taking those first little steps.

We are loving watching you constantly learn and grow. This last photo is my current favourite of you.  Looking up, straight at mummy holding the camera with a great big grin just for me!

Love you lots and lots and lots. xxxx

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Letter to Emily – June

What a month!  You’ve had your cranky pants on for a lot of this month – first you had a tummy bug which luckily didn’t last too long, but you took several days to get over it completely.  Then we realised that you had two molars come through!  They usually don’t show up until you are 15 months or so and took us all by surprise.  Then only two days ago, one of those bottom teeth came through – so we’re up to NINE teeth already!

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You are eating well, have dropped another bottle (now only three) and will try almost anything we give you.  You weren’t very impressed with mushrooms but that’s about it.  We’re introducing more and more finger food to you and you love feeding yourself and don’t make nearly as much mess with it as we expected.  I cooked up some pikelets and shared them with you the other day and you thought it was absolutely awesome!  (Excuse the quality of the photos below, they’re from my camera phone but were too cute not to share.)

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You move around so much more confidently now, cruising on anything you can pull up on, holding our hands to “walk” around and climbing the stairs so quickly.  We took you to the park on the weekend but you weren’t very impressed with it.  Hopefully you will become more interested when the weather warms up and you can start moving around everything yourself.  You also had your first trip to the zoo.  We found enough animals that were moving around to keep you entertained for a while, but I think the highlight of the day for you was getting to eat a hot chip!

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You have the cheekiest, happiest grin for us at the moment.  You are finding the big, wide world a little intimidating at times, but always feel safe with your mum and dad around.

Love you lots and lots and lots xx

Hop on over to Melanie’s blog for more beautiful photos with her letter to her daughter.