Dear August // Weeks 21-24 (aka November 2016)




Dearest August,

I’m sorry I’ve fallen behind on your letters! It’s been a crazy month. When I wrote Bea weekly letters during her first year, people often told me that parents only did those sorts of things for first children. I was determined when I was pregnant with you to write you weekly letters too.

Then the reality of having a newborn and a toddler set in, and I started writing bi-weekly letters. 

Now the reality of traveling, holidays, and your sister’s terrible twos have stretched this letter to a monthly one. I will strive to be better. I even completely missed your five month photo, so instead we have a five 1/2 month photo that I took today. C’est la vie. 

The truth is that things are so much busier with two kids than they were with one. Not unmanageable, not unbearable, not even unenjoyable (life is very enjoyable around here)-just fuller, more breathless, and slightly more hectic. So what have we been up to in November? Let me try to recap for you:

-Well, first. The election happened. We were in shock for a few days. 

-Then we did a little something called Friendsgiving. It was epic. You mostly slept through it. 

-Your sister got Croup right before we left for thanksgiving, and she’s still sick. We’ve so far been able to keep you from getting to sick (thankfully), but we’ve had a lot of sleepless nights around here. 

-We went to Universal Studios with the Hansons. It was super fun and super exhausting:

-You’ve been growing so fast. You’ve almost outgrown your bassinet. You seem as though you may be very tall. 🙂


-You seem happy and chill. You’re eating solids and starting to babble all the time. You love your bouncearoo.

You continue to be a dreamboat baby. 

We love you dearly. 

You are so loved, my Dear August, always,

Mom

Mere

Dear August // Weeks 19 & 20

Dear August, 

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You’re growing and changing so quickly now. You’re talking and laughing and grabbing, no clinging, to everything. 

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You’re getting so tall. We’ve started feeding you oatmeal and bananas at the doctor’s recommendation. It seems like you’re starting to gain weight already. 

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You love, love, love your Carolina. You’re pulling yourself up and doing all sorts of crunches. You’re starting to plant your feet more. You eyes are still light, crystal blue. and they’re still as twinkly as ever.

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You’re still super laid back, and you seem pretty happy 95% of the time. You’re my sweet, easy little guy. 

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I turned 33 last weekend. Your papa surprised me with an amazing party. You screamed so loud when they yelled surprise. I was so happy and simultaneously so sad for you! 

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What else has happened during the last two weeks?

*The Cubs won the world series! and your uncle and your great grandpa were more than excited. It was an amazing moment. 

*Halloween! We were a skeleton family. 🙂

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*You hung out with your best friend Junie:

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* You started jumping in the jump-a-roo:

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I adore you, little man. You’re so, so handsome. so so smart. and so so perfect.

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You are so loved, sweet August, always,
Mom

Mere

Dear August // Weeks 17 & 18

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Dear August,

You’re four months old! At your checkup we learned that you are 26 inches long (88th percentile) and 13.5 pounds (12th percentile). Apparently you haven’t fully filled out your length yet, and you haven’t quite doubled your birth weight. You got your second set of shots and scared the dickens out of me when you stopped breathing for a second. The nurse looked startled and told me to turn you around. Once I got you up to my chest you started screaming. 

You slept through your first pumpkin patch visit: 
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You love your new nanny, Carolina, and she loves you. This makes me so, so happy.
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Life is moving too fast. We haven’t quite figured out how to keep up with things. We haven’t quite gotten our new routine down with two working parents. The dishes and laundry never stop. None of us are quite getting enough sleep. We’re all hungry. all the time. 🙂

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and yet, I’m almost 100% sure I’ve never been happier. There is so much love in our little family. We’re so tired we can’t stop laughing. Your sister is absolutely wonderful and so fun and completely exhausting. You only have eyes for her. 

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Sometimes I think you look like Bruce Willis:

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You’ve gotten a little bit fussier with me nursing in the evenings, but I think it’s because you’re getting more used to the bottle during the day. You’re still sleeping 7-8 hour stretches. 

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You love to laugh. 

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I’m a little worried that you haven’t gained more weight, but you seem to eat around the clock. 

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What else? You’re strong. We adore you. You are very chatty (which of course I love).  You have this musty baby smell that I can’t get enough of. 

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Your eyes are still blue. 🙂

20161023-img_3956You are so loved, my dear August, always,
Mom

Mere