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.

Dear Sloan at 3 months


Dear Sloan,

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

Love,

Mama

Dear Sloan at 4 months

Dear Sloan,

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,

Mama