Welcome to your first Christmas season darling girl!
You have your two bottom teeth, are working on the top two and yet you are still the sweetest happiest baby imaginable. You like to practice using them by chewing on everything that you can get in your mouth. The other day much to Zoë’s panic we caught you chewing on the Little People Baby Jesus from our crèche.
You are always smiling and your face lights up brighter than our tree whenever you spot your big sister. It is such a joy to watch the two of you together, and I hope that you will always love each other this much. I say this every month but I just want it to ring true.
We have started you more regularly on real food and you seem to enjoy it. Brooklyn benefits the most as feeding her is your new favourite hobby.
I’m so excited for Christmas this year Sloanie girl…last Christmas we wondered who would be here with us this year and of COURSE it is you…I can’t imagine who else would be completing the Walsh family. Our blue eyed smiley little snuggle bug, there couldn’t possibly be anyone else.
Merry Christmas baby girl.
You are 6 months old–our lives have never been crazier, or more beautiful, and for that I am just so thankful. Life has been somewhat hectic the past few months (as evidenced by me forgetting to write you a 5th month letter, and by how insane your 4th month letter sounds) Sleep deprivation will do that to a person. I have no idea how much you weigh or how long you are. Poor poor second child. Just know that you are a perfect length and a delightful weight. You are now at a most lovely stage where you fit nicely propped up on my hip and you don’t seem quite so breakable.
This past month your first tooth popped through and there is a second one coming close on its heels. You are the most smiley, calm, happy little snuggle bug and I love you oh so much. We had the first snowfall since your birthday, and your sister is SO excited for Christmas. You really have no idea what is going on, but since everything Z does makes you smile I think that you’ll have a lovely day. We have been instructed to ask Santa for “baby Elsa toys” I sure hope you like Frozen.
We had your first Halloween–the family went as the gang from Frozen and you were definitely the cutest Olaf ever. You and I went on a road trip with Renee and Cedric to Ottawa. You two were amazing travelers, but I don’t think I will be jumping to drive any long distances with kids again anytime soon.
I cannot believe we have made it half way through your first year! Time is flying by. Some of these days have been hard and exhausting and frustrating, but I know that I will always look back fondly on this time and be grateful to have had a whole year to spend at home with you.
Your sleeping was terrible awful and I was going slightly insane so we also have done some sleep training this past month and now you are taking better naps and tending to sleep a bit better through the night. You and I are currently sleeping in the back room together, and I am waiting to take the plunge to get you back upstairs and sharing a room with your sister. It’s funny, with all these transitions (and let me tell you little girl we have already had a ton of them these past few months) I panic, worry and over plan, and then somehow it all works out and leaves me laughing at myself for being worked up. And gives your Daddy ammunition to tease me for all the worry.
The other day I was working on our family scrapbook from last Christmas and had a moment of panicking as to why I didnt have any photos of you included. (Duh) I then looked back to a card I wrote about how next year we would be signing our cards including one more person…how crazy that seemed to me at the time. Now it seems crazy to me that our family ever existed without you.
I love you to the moon and back my smiling little goose. I cannot wait to see what the next 6 months of growth and love with you will bring.
Three months have passed since you were born and already memories of your early days are blurring and fading. It feels like a lifetime ago you joined our family. I’m still learning how to manage you and your rambunctious sister at times, but usually you’ll find me just schlepping the two of you to wherever we need to go.
You are a treasure and a joy and I’m always being told what a beautiful baby you are…strangers remark on your gorgeous blue eyes at the grocery store, or your sweet smile at the doctors office. I am glad you are so laid back because your sister and your dog are pretty high maintenance and I’m not sure I could handle another of those! You wake up smiling and tooting every morning and it’s such a delight. Your smile keeps me putting one foot in front of the other until the coffee kicks in.
This past month has seen some road trips, Weber’s, camping adventures and roughly 750 kisses from Zoë. You’ll never remember but she will yell “her smiling at me Mama” and she is just SO thrilled to be able to make you smile. She is determined to teach you how to do ballet, walk, colour and eat ice cream…oh and swim like a mermaid. You have a lot of learning in your future wee girl. The sisterly love affair seems to go both ways as you love to watch her and will track her with your eyes as she flits about the room. I have a bad feeling you are going to be an early walker just so you can play.
We are on no sort of schedule thanks to it being summer and your day time naps are brutal because of that. I think you’re afraid of missing out… More second child problems I guess. Sleep while you can my dear cause life around these parts seems to get pretty exciting the older you get.
I love you more than I can put into words
This past month has been a busy one (hence your letter coming so late.. You witnessed your first (and what will be only) Tragically Hip concert. Had your first airplane ride and attended your first wedding. You will always be known as the youngest and most snuggled guest at Dama’s beautiful wedding.
I notice We don’t have those quiet moments together that I had with Z, but perhaps you have one better as I know how quickly this this time is and I’m doing my best to savour your smallness and these fleeting moments of your babyhood. Watching you sleep, knowing I should put you down but you’ll never be 4 months old again so I should enjoy cuddles while I can. This has likely lead to our current dilemma of your terrible sleeping. You will nap on someone or in the car but the moment I put you down your eyes pop open….the term I’m heard tossed around is power napper. (Fits you to a T!)
We had previously been doing so well with nighttime sleep that I think I got a bit cocky, the 4 month sleep regression came and blindsided me. There has been a lot of coffee consumed over the past month, nights are long and mornings seem to come so soon. Lucky for all of us you are such a delightful joyous little girl. Hobbies include giggling at your sister, pulling hair, drooling and kicking your legs. You are never still, not even for a moment it’s tiring and somewhat mesmerizing.
We just had your 4 month appointment, you’re 15lbs, 25inches and every bit perfect. As sleep deprived and deranged as I feel lately, you and your sister bring me more joy than I ever thought possible (more grey hair and mental health instability as well) I’m so excited to see what the next few months will bring.
Love you sugar pie,
It feels as though our summer is passing by just as quickly as this video
You have gained 2lbs and grown an inch and a half since last month. Your head is getting sturdier and you are now that much closer to being able to defend yourself from your sisters physical declarations of love. You are so loved by this family even Brooklyn can’t walk past you without sneaking in for a kiss.
This month has seen some more firsts for you—the drive in, the cottage and dunking your toes in Georgian Bay. Somehow you seem more portable than your sister was at this age, but I think I just have a better handle on this whole shebang. You have started smiling and cooing and you are just so wonderful. Your eyes twinkle when you smile and I feel as though you understand more than you should. You nap best on car rides, walks or just in my arms. No matter how carefully I put you down you perk up right after I’ve set you down. I have less baby snuggling time available at the moment as Zoë requires two hands and a ton of attention lately. In between fielding requests for snacks and to put dresses on dollies I try to snag some time for just us. Some mornings we get a snuggle and chat in bed, or we sneak downstairs and I have my coffee and you talk to the bird on your playmat. Routines are such a fleeting thing this first year so I’m enjoying wherever we make time to have a little quiet time together.
You’ve started smiling at Zoë and looking for her–you cannot miss her she is the wild hurricane of a girl we have living here. When you spot her you smile and she runs over to you to try to make you laugh. A lesser baby would be afraid but not you my darling, you stare this crazy girl in the face and laugh along with her. I feel so blessed to have you–keep growing strong and awesome little squish.
I hope that this ferocious love between you two lasts forever. I know it will for me.
I love you too much forever (our family motto you can thank Zoë for)