Friday, November 12, 2010

Letters to my sons

Dear Nathan,

Today, you are 3 and a half years old!! Time is going by so quickly and you have changed so much since my last letter to you.

At 3 and a half years old, you are 37lbs and 42 inches tall! You are off the growth charts for your height and in the 90th percentile for your weight.

You are making so much progress with speech. It seems like you come up with new things to say every day. Although you repeat a lot of what we say back to us. Per your evaluation you are about a year behind in your speech, but we are hoping that you catch up soon!

You have started preschool since my last letter! The first few days were a little iffy, but now you love it! You go 5 days a week. You love running into preschool. You love your teachers and are just beginning to make friends. Due to your speech delay, your social skills are a little behind, so it takes you awhile to open up to people. School has really helped you learn good communication skills and we think that is why you have made so much progress in your vocabulary.

You have gotten so much better with the babies too! You are a great big brother! You love getting toys for the babies and are constantly watching out for them. You don't want them to get hurt so you try to keep them out of trouble. "No, Kai!" and "No Gavy!" can be heard often around here. You also have taken over the task of kissing their boo-boos. It is so sweet. "Aww, Kai. Sorry. Here let me kiss it. There ya go. All better." It melts my heart.

You are learning more independence every day. You get your backpack and get your coat every morning. You put up your shoes and think it is important to dress yourself. You are getting pretty good at it!

Mealtimes aren't so much fun. Your picky eating has continued and makes things difficult for us. You have your favorites and you stick to those. Although with the babies around trying more foods, you seem to be interested in what they are having.

You still sleep in your crib that is attached to our bed. You really just love being next to us and we can't say no at this point. Someday, all three of you boys will be sleeping in the same room, so hopefully that makes you feel better. Thankfully though, you are so easy to fall asleep and you stay asleep all night. Although since school has started, it seems that you have had a non-stop cold!

Speaking of being sick, we had to take you to the emergency room a couple of weeks ago. You were screaming in agony saying that your belly hurt. We didn't know what to do! Daddy took you to the emergency room and they took some X-rays to make sure you didn't have a blockage. Thankfully it was just some gas built up in there! We were relieved. I hate it when you are sick.

And so, life just continues on. You keep growing up and changing and I keep wanting you to stay small forever. You have an amazingly kind spirit and I can tell you will be fiercely independent. I love you to the moon and back, my sweet Nathan Cole.




Dear Gavin,

November is here! You are 10 months old today! You look so much like a toddler now. Life is getting more fun around here for sure!

At 10 months old you are 31 inches tall and you weigh 20 lbs. My big boy! You are in the 50th percentile for weight and off the charts for height. Just like Nathan! You and I have had a rough month with nursing. Mama got thrush and mastitis on your side and it has been difficult to nurse you. I can tell that you knew something was going on. You would be really still and try not to move to cause Mommy more pain. Your big blue eyes would watch me with concern. It was really sweet. You are nursing about every 3 hours now. You still wake up several times a night. You are still crawling all over the house still and you seem to not want to change over to walking just yet. Although you have been standing up for several seconds without holding onto anything! So maybe soon? Even with your nursing schedule you are still wanting lots of solid foods. We have been giving you little bits of what we have been eating and you love it. You like crackers, chili, spaghetti, bread, cheese, and everything really! Although eating all of this and you still won't take a bottle! You seem to do pretty good with a sippy cup though. You are still taking 2 naps a day. They last about an hour to an hour and a half. Both you and Kai sleep on Mama in the rocking recliner. I love snuggling with both of you during this time.

The holidays are coming! Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and this is my favorite time of year because we get to spend it with family. I love you so much Gavin.




Dear Kai,

Hello sweet boy. You are 10 months old today! November has arrived and cooler weather is finally here.

At 10 months old, you weigh 19lbs and are 29 inches tall. My long and lean boy! You are in the 75th percentile for height and the 25th percentile for weight. You nurse every 2-3 hours. And can eat your weight in food any given day! You love food. Anything we give you, you will eat and demand more of! Your favorites seem to be banana and bread, but you'll take anything. I can't hide food from you anymore! You are sleeping still with Mama and you wake up every 2-3 hours or so. I have just resigned myself to the fact that I just won't be getting any sort of solid sleep anytime soon. You are still speed-crawling all over the house and don't seem to show any interest in walking yet. Although you will stand for several seconds at a time without holding onto anything. You stand at the door waiting for Mama while I put Gavin the car (I put him in first because he is crankier about being left alone in the house) and your little head peeping out the window is the cutest thing ever. I have determined that you make the cutest noises I have ever heard a baby make. You make these little grunts and squeals and screams and it is just so adorable. You did this when you were a newborn too. We called you little "piglet" for so long because you snorted so much! I miss you being that small and new, but I am so happy to see you growing up too.

The holidays are right around the corner and I am looking forward to spending time with family over the coming months. I think that you boys will love the holiday season (even if just for the food). I love you sweet boy.



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