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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 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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Click on through to check out the next blog in our “Letters to our sons and daughters” circle by Joanne.

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 – 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.

Letter to Emily – May

What a month May has been.  You have had lots of visits with family, spending an afternoon with the grandparents while Mummy and Daddy got to go out for a few hours (bliss!) and then visits from the other grandparents in the last week as well as both your uncles – everyone was in town!  It was a little overwhelming having all these new faces around at first, but after a few tears you adjusted and were happily smiling at everyone and crawling around the place.

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You’re moving so much faster now.  The crawling has picked up pace, you pull up on everything you can reach and love standing at the glass sliding door to the backyard and watching the cat outside.  You’ve taken a few tumbles, had a few bruises, but your balance keeps improving and we’re lucky you worked out to fall onto your bum first before your head hits the ground!  We’ve had more teeth come through – you have six now!

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Most of the time you are sleeping better, we still have the occasional rough night, but most nights you go down fairly easily and it’s getting closer (and more consistently) to 6am before you get up each day.  On weekends you love coming into our room and having a play on the bed before heading downstairs for your breakfast.  You’re still on 4 bottles a day, but your solids have increased and you’re still loving pretty much everything we put in front of you.  Day naps have dropped back to two a day and as long as we get you down in time they are lovely, longer naps.  If you’re naps get stuffed up though you get a bit cranky, so we try and keep to them as best we can.

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Bonus family photo! Photograph taken by Lee Cleland

This month you are such an active, happy and mostly contented bub with the biggest grin for everyone.

Love you lots and lots and lots.

For more letters to our children, please take a look at the post by the lovely Tara Shaia

Letter to Emily – April

Dear Emily,

As usual – what a month!  You made a huge leap in everything at the start of this month.  Over Easter you decided to change everything up with your feeds, sleeps – everything.  You’ve dropped a bottle and we’re down to doing only 4 bottles a day now and we’ve massively increased the amount of solids you have.  Very clearly two big meals a day – porridge and fruit in the morning for breakfast and then veges and a bit of fruit for lunch.  You’re down to three naps a day, still sleeping really well and towards the end of this month you’ve given us several nights where you haven’t woken up and needed us to help you resettle once!

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On the movement front, you made it up onto your knees but took a while to work out that you could move forwards on you knees as well.  Then in the space of a week you went from a couple of tentative forward movements, to happily crawling after us or the cat or exploring away on your own.  It only took a couple of days and you were starting to pull yourself up onto your knees, then your feet and a couple of days ago you pulled yourself up onto the first step on our staircase.  Needless to say it is now blocked off!  You’re still a bit wobbly though and have taken a few tumbles, a few tears, but you’re tough and are usually easy to distract with a toy.

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You also have really started to show your personality.  After not being a very cuddly baby, you now love nothing more than crawling up to and snuggling up with mummy and daddy.  You give us big grins, lots of giggles and when we pick you up you happily nestle into a shoulder.

It’s been a wonderful month watching you change from a baby to an interactive and loving little person.

Love you lots and lots and lots xoxoxo

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To see the next blog in our Letters to Our Children blog circle, head over to Nicole’s blog for beautiful photography and words.

Letter to Emily – March

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Dear Emily,

You’re growing up so much now!  Your second tooth came through shortly after the first and you now have both bottom teeth which you enjoy using to get stuck into your food.  This month has seen you really getting stuck into eating – we now have porridge and fruit for breaky each morning, veggies and fruit for lunch and, depending on timing, you will get bits of our dinner or something to munch on in the evening too.  We try and give you things you can pick up and feed yourself with as well as spoon feeding you so you can start getting the hang of feeding yourself, although you still prefer us to feed you.

This month has seen you become much more smiley, with a huge cheeky grin always at the ready.  You are also becoming much more vocal with us, no recognisable sounds yet, but it can’t be too far off.  You are also much more mobile, rolling around as you please and this month you started doing a “commando” crawl – not up on your knees yet, but definitely getting pretty quick moving around the place.  After a couple of incidents, the cat has worked out it is much safer to be out of your way!

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We started up a bit of an evening routine with you now as well.  You skip your nap between the last two feeds and stretch out being awake for a little bit longer.  We help with this by taking you for a long walk each evening which you seem to enjoy.  Then once we’re home it’s final bottle for the night, clean nappy, read a book and put you down to bed.  You’re slowly getting the hang of it and going down much better of an evening than you have done.

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I’m also very pleased to see that your hair has started growing back in.  Much lighter than when you were born but it seems to be growing quite quickly, can’t wait to see what it looks like as it grows more.  It’s been a lovely month with you watching you grow and learn,

Love you lots and lots and lots xoxo

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To take a look at the next “Letters to our Daughters” in this blog circle, click here to read what Nicole has to say and see her beautiful photos.

Letter to Emily – February

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You passed the half year mark earlier this month.  When you were born, we wondered how we would make it, but the time is passing faster and faster…  So what have you been up to this month?

The day after the last letter to you, you decided that you had worked out how to sit up.  After a week of this you were a pro at it and were already moving on to the next thing!  Rolling started, slowly but surely, back to front over your left hip.  Another week or so of that and you are now flipping yourself over and back like an expert and loving the different perspectives it is giving you on your world.  We were a bit worried the first time you did this in your cot, but you soon realised it wasn’t the end of the world and you don’t scream the place down now when it happens. Another first – just a couple of days ago your first tooth came through!

I could swear you gave me a kiss the other morning.  We have a little routine whenever we get you out of the cot or after a nappy change where we stand in front of the mirror as you love looking at yourself and mummy or daddy in the mirror.  I usually give you a kiss on the cheek and have been getting snuggles back from you.  Then one morning you turned to me and pressed your (open) mouth to my cheek.  You then licked my cheek, but I’m sure that was you giving me a kiss.

You’ve also migrated out of having your arms swaddled.  You started with one arm out – that took a lot of getting used to as you kept pulling your dummy out and losing it!  After a few weeks of that we tried you with both arms out – after just one go settling you this way you were happy with it and now take your dummy out and put it back in again like an expert.

We had some fun with the camera this month to capture the 6 month mark and even managed to capture a couple of those cheeky grins this time.

Check out the next blog in the circle by Nicole to see her letter to her daughter.

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