Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Letter to my one year old boys!

Dear Gavin-

Happy first birthday sweetheart!! This year has been a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs as we all adjusted to having twins. But I thank my lucky stars that you are here with us. Your sweet smile brightens my day, every day.

From 8lbs 5 oz to 22lbs. You are getting so big! You are a full-fledged toddler now. You walk all over the house and rarely crawl. You have a really wide stance and it is so cute to see you toddle down the hallway. You are so much more interactive with toys and other people! You love cars and trucks and pushing Nathan on the fire truck. You love balls and books. You love giving kisses! You are even kissing Kai now. It is so cute to see. You babble all the time and we are starting to hear words! You say "Dada" and "Mama". But sometimes you those mixed up.

You are finally starting to sleep a little better at night now. You sleep with Daddy still. Sometimes you cuddle up close to him and sometimes you like your own space. You wake up twice a night to nurse. During the day, you take one 2 hour nap. You nap with Kai on mommy in the rocking chair.

You are an eating champ! Your favorites include mashed potatoes, spaghetti, and waffles. If you don't like something, you let us know. You throw it off your high chair! In addition to food, you still nurse 6 times a day (about every 4 hours). Since it has been year now, I am going to start the weaning process. It is going to be much harder for you than Kai, because you still won't take a bottle! Although your sippy cup skills are improving. I'm going to try some milk in the cup to see if you do well with that.

I can't believe it has been a year since you were born. In some ways the year has been so difficult that it has seemed like ten years. And in some ways, it seems like just yesterday that I heard your first cry. I want you to know though, dear Gavy, that I love you. I love you so much my heart may burst from loving you. Happy birthday sweet boy.

Always,

Mama

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Dear Kai,

Today is your first birthday!! We are having your birthday party tonight and I'm so excited for you to be surrounded by people who love you. This year has had its ups and downs but we made it through! I'm so happy to have you in my life Kai-bear.

From 7lbs to 22lbs, you have grown so much. You walk all the time and you almost run! Your little baby steps are so sweet and you can really get where you are going in a hurry now! You are talking more and more. You say "baba" for bottle (you get one bottle a night), "mama", and "dada". You also do your little screeches and screams that are too cute for words! You are so much more interactive. You love playing with toys now. Your favorites seem to be our pots and pans. You love to pretend like you are cooking with the pans and utensils. It is really sweet.

Sleep has gotten much better for you recently! We took you to the doctor and they thought that you had seasonal allergies. Your eyes always look red and watery and you are congested a lot. They prescribed some medicine to help you and it seems to be helping! You sleep so much better now. You wake up twice a night to nurse now. This is a vast improvement from 7-8 times! You still sleep right next to Mama, although you have started to crawl away and sleep on your own a little bit too. During the day, you take one 2 hour nap. You sleep with Gavin on Mama in the rocking chair.

You eat a lot of different foods! Your favorites seem to be bananas, pizza, and spaghetti. In addition to all that food, you still nurse 6 times a day. Although now that we made it to a year, I am going to start the weaning process. It will probably go pretty easy for you, because you don't mind bottles at all!

Sweet Kai, in so many ways, one year has flown by. Thank you for being such an amazing boy. Your laugh is enough to get me through the most difficult of days. I love you so much. Happy birthday to my wonderful baby boy!

Always,

Mama

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