Anyway, tonight as my children slumber (or are at least making a minimal amount of noise....) I am thinking about all the things I love about them. It is so easy to think of these things as they sleep rather than when the noise is happening! Sleeping children magically turn into precious snowflake angels that can do no wrong!
Oh Lukey Pie! You are the constant companion in my days. Right now I cannot get enough of listening to your sweet baby voice and all the new words and expressions you are trying out. Some of my faves include, "Oh my goodness!" "That is De-Licious!" "What the Heck?!?" "Sorry Mommy" (you are the very best sorry sayer and I am learning from you in this area!). You love to repeat things that your big bros and sis say too. You repeat Mikey all day and think he is just the coolest. You call Thomas "buddy" and it melts my heart. You also like to burst into song. Right now "Country Road" by John Denver is your favorite. You will belt it out in an ever increasingly louder and higher pitch! One of these days you will become fully potty trained although tonight it seems like it will never happen.
Oh Tommy Boy! Right now you are crying in your crib. Go to sleep baby! Rest your weary eyes! You are such a role-poly little thing right now. Over 18 pounds already and in 12 month clothes at 6 months. Definitely my biggest baby! You are smiles and giggles and chewing on everything. You are pulling my hair and grabbing my coffee. You are rolling around and trying to get to the toy. I was telling Gil the other day that I feel like you are right on the cusp of starting to move because you are getting frustrated with life. You want things that you cannot reach and so you will have to start going to get them! You study things so carefully. You love my chew toy necklace and your binky that I never thought you would love at first. You love your brothers and sister and your toes. You love chewing on celery and I hope start to love eating baby food again soon.
Oh Cora Clare! You are such a girlie girl and I am so happy for it since you are the only one I get! You love clothes and want to look beautiful (you do!). I love your style and your personality and your fearlessness. I love your spirit. You love everyone openly and without question. I feel that you are still your authentic self, not trying to impress or be what you feel you are supposed to be. I love that you want to be a doctor and also an artist and singer and own your own shop. I love that you are learning to read and always try your best. I have much to learn from you as well.
Oh Judey Moody! You and I just finished reading the book "Wonder." This was my first experience reading a book with my own child. I used to read aloud a ton to my students and reading aloud always made me emotional. It has proven to be about 100 times more so with my own child (sorry!). I loved reading that with you. You are funny and have a great sense of humor. You laughed at all the right parts. And you understand kindness and are getting much better at it. That is something you will always need in life and always need to work at. I love your love of reading and writing. I feel that you get that from me (although your dad would probably claim it too!). You are creative and visionary. You are a leader. You are not afraid to feel and express your feelings. Thanks for being my first and teaching me how to be a mom.
Oh Mikey Boy! You are so full of energy and spunk! You finally learned all your letters today and earned that bag of gummy worms I bribed you with LAST SUMMER! Man, it has been a long, hard road, but you did it. And you did not give up. You are smart and witty and think about things in important ways. I love that you can play by yourself and are doing so much better at playing with others. I love that you love preschool and are thriving there. I wasn't so sure at the beginning of the year. I love that you love to play outside. Right now when you talk you always put the wrong past tense ending on words (i.e. work-ed, shop-ed, goed, etc.) it is so wrong, but so cute! I love that you are a great eater, but a messy eater and still end up with a messy face and table after each meal. I love our time together in the afternoons. I love how ticklish you are! I am so glad God gave me you!
|This is a good pic of each of their personalities!|