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/Letters to My Children 2015/ April

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Dear Emma,

My darling girl… my almost 4 year old. What a joy it is to be your mama. I get a front row seat to the sweet, hilarious, fierce, thoughtful, creative wonder that is YOU. Spring has brought on a new, more mature phase for you… morning goodbyes at school are easier, you’re taking on new responsibilities, and you’ve become so observant and curious about the world and people around you. We even have a special time before bed dedicated to you asking me whatever questions you want. Which always leads to more questions, and more questions after that. I think you’d stay up all night asking me questions if you could.

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Your obsession with all things princess continues to intensify, and I’m slowly coming around to being okay with it. I always try to remind you that what makes the princesses we learn about most special is how kind, brave, and caring they are – not how pretty they are or how fancy their outfits may be. I don’t know how much of that is sticking, but a mama’s gotta try.

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More than anything, what’s best about this phase is how incredibly sweet you are with your brother and what an awesome big sister you’re becoming. You’ve always been a great big sister, but now that Jonah is bigger and you can really play together it’s clear what an important role you’re going to play in each other’s lives. You are so quick to show him things, share your food and toys, and comfort him when he’s sad. He’s still learning and not always the best at reciprocating your desire to share, but you’re pretty understanding.

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Nearly every night at bedtime, you say goodnight to Jonah by singing a song you learned from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. You just randomly started singing it to him a few months ago and we had no idea that you even knew the words, but it was pretty much the sweetest thing we’d ever heard. It goes:

“The moment I first held you, you seemed to me / The most wonderful gift to our family / Goodnight, sleep tight / Dream dreams as sweet as you”

Emma’s goodnight song for Jonah from Allison Shellaway on Vimeo.

He’ll learn to love it. ;)

We love you so much, my sweet girl, and are always so proud to be your parents.

Love,

Mama

Please head over to Melissa’s blog to read her letter, then continue around the circle until you land back here!

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/Letters to My Children/ March 2015

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Dear Jonah,

What an awesome couple of months it’s been since I last wrote to you! You are becoming a little boy right before our eyes, cute as can be and keeping us on our toes. You are eating constantly and have recently discovered how to get into the pantry. We have to be super diligent about putting the child lock on so as not to find you arm deep in a container of puffs and about to move on to the raisins. (Not that that happened or anything.)

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Your curiosity knows no limits these days, and you’re rapidly discovering all the new places you can reach, things you can turn on and off, doors you can open and close. Daddy and I are trying to pacify this desire by putting more Jonah-friendly things within reach, but that stuff is apparently quite boring compared to everything else just out of reach.

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What I love most about this stage with you is how much you’re talking and how excited you get when you can say a new word. You’ve put a great priority on learning all the food words (shocker), but you’ve also started saying “love you!” which is the best thing ever to hear at the end of a long work day. Just this week you finally got a handle on “Emma” (you used to call her Mama, which was rather confusing for all of us), and have been saying her name constantly for the past several days. You two have your sibling moments, but I know she so loves hearing you saying her name and asking for her.

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When all is said and done – or eaten in your case – you’re still our ever sweet little Jo… a snuggle bug who gives the best sloppy kisses and has one of the world’s truly great smiles. We love you so much and can’t wait to see what the next couple of months have in store for you.

Love,

Mama

 

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Please head over to my very sweet friend Ally’s blog to read her letter, then continue around the circle until you land back here!

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/10 on 10/ March 2015

We busted the Learning Tower back out last weekend and Jonah is a wee bit obsessed with it. As soon as he got up there we couldn’t get him to come back down. Half an hour later, I had my 10 on 10 for this month…

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Please head over to Christine’s blog to see her 10 on 10 for this month!

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/Letters to My Children/ February 2015

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Dear Emma,

I’ve been so drawn to taking portraits of you lately… You’re growing into your personality more every day and I so love capturing all the many sides of you. You’re oh so silly, and astoundingly smart, and most of all incredibly sweet and thoughtful. You’re also emerging as a bit of an introvert, which isn’t surprising since you hail from a looooong line of introverts. We’re working on helping you be more social around people you don’t know, but daddy and I are so proud of your maturity and independence. Even when you’re in a new situation where you don’t know the other kids, you happily find your own way.

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Love, 

Mama 

2015-02-27_0007Please head over to my very sweet friend Ally’s blog to read her letter, then continue around the circle until you land back here!

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/10 on 10: 2015/ February

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Now I encourage you to head over to Ann’s blog to see her take on this month’s 10 on 10!

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