Walsh Family Camps (May 5-7)

The Walsh family braved the elements for our inaugural trailer camping trip. It was our first time out and we are so thankful to the Joneses for helping us with a few important details…such as me forgetting to bring bottled water, and not having a PILE of necessary items…I think by the end of the summer I might have this whole thing sorted out…
It was wet, rainy and insanely muddy. It wasn’t quite what we were expecting, but there were a few brief respites from the rain so we went for walks and splashed in puddles. All in all I will call this one a success and pray for nicer weather when we get out next.

Dear Sloan at 11 months

 

 

Dear Sloanie Girl,

ONE MORE MONTH until you are a year old. I am having some sort of existential crisis in that on one hand I cannot believe how crazy quickly the past 11 months have flown by, but also I sometimes forget that you haven’t always been here with us. I sometimes look at photos and panic wondering where you were.

You at 11 months are simultaneously a complete joy and a total turkey. You do not sit still for a minute. The only time you are confined is when you are in your high chair and you rock your legs the entire time.  You can scoot yourself from one end of the kitchen to the other, its extremely impressive. You now shake or nod your head rather emphatically to get your point across. You point and say something that sounds like “dat” when you want something.  A few weeks ago you stole a baby doll from the nursery at church and that thing hasn’t left your sight! If we say “Where is your baby”? you will search it out. It gets very aggressive back pats and kisses and you grin ear to ear while you lug it around.

We just had your first Easter and you enjoyed following Z around and feeding off her excitement, I am pretty sure we fished 17 chocolate eggs out of your mouth throughout the day–you love biting everything to see just how edible it is. Pre-kids I thought that parents who dressed their kids alike were lame. Well…then I had kids and now I use every chance I can to dress you and your sister alike. Nana bought you two matching jammies and dresses for Easter.  #PhotoOp I honestly LOVE seeing you two dressed the same. I know that the time period when you guys will allow me to do it is so short, so I am definitely taking advantage.

We have one more month left before I go back to work and I have been having such complicated feelings about it lately. I am excited to join the world of grownups, drinking hot coffee, peeing without company etc, but I am also just so sad thinking about this time coming to a close. You are our last baby and I will never have this second year with you like I did with Z.  While this has been simultaneously the most amazing and difficult year of my life I am sad seeing it come to a close.  Nothing can ever stay the same, and I have loved so very many things about these past 11 months.  I know that the next 11 months will bring so many adventures for our family…you walking and talking is on the horizon and I know that will bring a lot of excitement to the Walsh house.

I love you to bits baby girl.  I would say don’t ever change, but if you wanted to think about sleeping more I would totally be up for that change.

Love always,

Mama

Dear Sloan at 9 and 10 months



The past two months have been busy and crazy and giving us all that “oh man will it ever be spring” feeling.

Some notes from my phone: Jan 2nd third tooth popped through (top right) Jan 6th other top tooth came in. This week you’ve started crawling…it’s scary I’m not ready

End of Jan started pulling yourself up! Slow down baby girl
Feb 3 shared your first timbit with Papa

Feb 21 said mama (in a crying voice as you didn’t want to be napping)

9 month doctor appointment had you weighing in at 21.5lbs

You progressed quickly from wounded soldier crawl to nearly a sprint. You love being on the move…mainly to Brooklyns bowl or any box of tissues at your level.  March 10th you learned to crawl up stairs (thanks Nana)

Your sleeping is still so hit or miss, you’ve been taking better naps (yay me) and doing most of the night (also yay me). I’m working on getting you to sleep through before I am back to work. No one needs a zombie trying to help them with their office needs.

Your favourite things at the moment are: Zoë, Brooklyn, bath time, Teddy Cat and smashing the door to the toy kitchen. I cannot even put into words how much I love you.  I am sure I say this every month but you are just exactly the person our family was waiting for. Your large personality emerges more and more each day and I cannot wait to see the little person you become.

I love you to the moon and back goosey girl

xoxo Mama

Dear Sloan at 8 months

Dear Sloan,

Your 8th month was a good one. We had your first Christmas (yay!) which involved a lot of family time and tons of snuggles for you. You are just such a lucky baby with so many people who love you. You got to spend quite a bit of time with Uncle T and you were quite enamoured with each other. It was so lovely to watch. Clearly you didn’t get the excitement of Christmas but you fed off your sister who was pretty bananas, so there was lots of smiles and excited squeals.

You are SO close to crawling, you will pull yourself along on the carpet, but you haven’t got those legs going just yet. It seems easier for you to roll yourself places so that is your current mode of transport.

Your top two teeth have come in so we are at a total of four. “All the better to bite you with my dear” I can hear you saying in a Big Bad Wolf voice…you have sharpened those teeth on me while eating, various fingers, arms, sweater sleeves, and pretty much anything you can get into your mouth. Zoë was very upset to catch you chewing on baby Jesus from our Fischer Price Crèche.

You have taken to food like a true champ and just adore feeding yourself. My OCD makes it hard to give in and give you the spoon, as it equals a huge mess everywhere but you love it! Brooklyn is also delighting in your adventures with food as you are big on the ‘one for me, one for you’ with her. You squeal with delight whenever she comes into your sight and she will run over to share in whatever snack you’re offering. That dog sure loves her human sisters.

You have started twirling the hair over your ears while nursing and falling asleep. You don’t have much hair to twirl but it somehow just helps push you off to dreamland. 

You are a happy, giggling, delight of a girl and I thank God every day for giving you to us.

Love always, Mama

Dear Sloan at 7 months

Dear Sloan,

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.

Love, Mama

Dear Sloan at 6 months


Dear Sloan,

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.

Always,

your Mama

The road so far 


My friend Lisa welcomed her new son last night and looking at pictures of him this morning I realized suddenly that Sloan isn’t a newborn anymore. Somehow we have muddled our way through and have survived the early days.  I don’t think she had changed at all until I look back at photos and can see how we have all grown and blossomed together since May.

 Life with two kids has been more physically and emotionally draining than I had imagined. To counter that (and I’m assuming to keep people having babies) it has also been so heart exploding and breathtaking. 

Zoë is in LOVE with Sloan, what appears to be an all consuming obsessed sort of love, beautiful but occasionally bordering on crazy. She always wants to be near her, touching her, talking to and for her. Her greatest joy of late was when we went camping and had to take the truck. Their car seats were next to each other and Zoë held Sloan’s hand the whole way… A few days later we were back in the van and she was so upset the chairs were too far so she couldn’t reach her sister. 

Just now I’m starting to feel as though I have a handle on things. We have small routines and I have starte developing ways to do things with two…getting in and out of the car, getting ready to go out etc. Our next big challenge will be organizing Zoë’s bedroom to better accommodate two girls and all their stuff. Also the larger challenge of getting them both sleeping in the same room.  I know that as with everything in life, time marches on and things work themselves out. Am trying not to worry as I know we always find a way.

Mornings lately have seen Zo sleeping in and Sloan and I coming downstairs so I can have a coffee before the noise starts. Garret has started leaving coffee ready for me in the mornings—I just have to put the kettle on when I come downstairs.  (It’s a small gesture that means so much) Sloan hangs out on her playmat and I have my coffee…I try to at least get her ready before I begin the crazy for the day. It’s my circus and I’m working on having the most dynamic juggling act in town.