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Dear not so Lil’ J,

I’ve heard people call the 9th birthday “halfway to adulthood” Honestly the thought makes me shudder. I can’t believe I’m halfway through you living under my roof (though I don’t think I’ll mind if you decide to stay a bit longer). But let’s not talk about that right now. Let me tell you how fun your 9th year of life has been, and while doing that, share 9 things I love about you.

1. How excited you get for a brand new day

“This is the plan for today… *sigh*” Is how you like to start a day, with a plan for what we’re going to do and all of the fun you’d like to have. You love making fun plans, and it’s fun watching you execute it.

2. Your hard work

I’ve watched you grow a lot this past year in learning responsibility, and hard work. You’ve set goals and worked hard to achieve them in cheerleading and in school. We all get a little lax sometimes, but once you set your mind to something, you go for it and work really hard.

3. How you love to snuggle

I’m pretty sure if you were in a snuggling contest you’d win. You love hugs, holding hands, and all kinds of affection. Sometimes I get a little over-snuggled but deep down I really treasure it and I hope you keep it up.

4. Your sense of humor

I don’t know when it happened but you seem to be getting funnier by the day. You listen to everything your dad and I discuss, and are really good about putting things together. The combination makes for some really funny surprises that come out of your mouth. I really need to start writing these down more. For instance you overheard me talking about an irresponsible babysitter. Then later when your dad was looking for the remote you said “If I was an irresponsible babysitter where would I put the remote?” Your dad had to try very hard not to let you see him laughing.

5. The way you notice editing in movies

You’re like a little sponge, absorbing so much of what you see and hear. And you’re so perceptive. You’ve caught on to different transitions and editing techniques that I’ve shown you, and you point them out in videos and movies we watch. Now I just need to get you to help me edit more!

6. Your huge smile is the same now as it was when you were a toddler

You’ve loved taking photos since you were just a baby. You still do. And when I look at a couple of photos side by side I can see how your facial expressions haven’t changed much.

biracial toddler girl with a big smile wearing a hear valentines shirt

7. You are so helpful

Not only are you helpful but you relish in it. You like making me breakfast in bed. You’re happy to bring me water, or a snack while I’m taking a bath. And you love helping out with your baby sister. I’m so glad that your younger siblings have you to look up to.

8. Your love of Disney

“Do you want to talk about Disney?” It’s a phrase you’ve started saying a lot and it cracks me up. It’s like you know my weakness. Same with your dad when you bring up talking about Rocky. You forge interests in things that we like knowing that we’ll cave and engage in a conversation or movie-watching whenever you want. It’s pretty smart when you think about it. But I do love that my love of Disney has rubbed off on you so beautifully.

9. That you’re still as sweet and adorable as ever

I thought for sure your 8th birthday was the last time you’d request a new build a bear toy. But here we are, with yet another added to your collection (even though I’m trying to enforce a strict no stuffed-animals policy). You still held my hand as you walked in for your first day of school.

You run out of cheer practice for water and a quick hug and kiss before you run back in. I love that you still like to be around me, even around your friends. And I selfishly hope that never ends.

I love that you are my daughter. A bright bit of sunshine in our home. Happy belated birthday sweet baby J. I hope this next year of life is your best one yet!

Love,

Mom

My sweet baby girl. I cannot believe you are one. You snuck your way into our hearts and you’ve stolen them all. Let me tell you something, though I’ve had two kids before you, you are so different than them. You’d think your personality would be similar to one of theirs but nope. You are by far my busiest baby. Walking around all over the place at just 10 months old. I know you took your first steps even before then but I didn’t dare count it. I didn’t push you down but I also didn’t help you learn to walk, at all. You figured it out all on your own. I’m guessing that’s because you wanted to keep up with your brother and sister. 

Since you’re already toddling around (months before either of them were) you’re figuring out how to get into everything. And you’ve also acquired some pretty adorable dance moves. You absolutely love music. The moment we say “Alexa, play…” you start to dance. And dance even more as the music picks up. 

Something else I adore about you is how much you love food. It’s not only awesome, it’s funny. Any time you see anyone eating anything you want some of it. The cool thing about it is that you try and love all sorts of great foods. You love peas and carrots. Gobble up green beans and strawberries. Yogurt and chicken. You love it all! Even seaweed! And yes, of course you love sweets.

We were joking this week that we sometimes aren’t sure you know when to stop. See when you first started eating, since you had so many teeth and seemed to be good at chewing, we handed you some of what we were having and let you pick it up and eat it. If we fed you some food pouches you’d gobble them up no problem. Well now, we’ve gotten into a routine where I’ll share my oatmeal with you in the morning. Or spoon feed you some rice and beans for dinner. When I’m helping you eat some of my food you never seem to get full.

Biracial baby girl eating a birthday cupcake

I definitely believe that you are my cutest baby. It’s ok, it’s not a secret. Your brother and sister know I feel this way. I think they agree. But seriously, everywhere you go adoring eyes and squeals follow. You are deliciously squishy and your smiles brighten any room. Not that looks are everything of course.

I’m not usually one to brag about my kids but I can’t help but admire how clever you seem to be. You love opening and closing things, and trying to figure out how objects work. When I take the batteries out of the remote so you’ll stop changing the channel you know it. Even when I hide the evidence. You can walk and kick a ball at the same time, and you like to point (and scream) at things you like.

Now that you’ve had your first birthday, we’re treating you less like a baby and more like a toddler. We are trying to teach you how to say please, thank you, more and all done in sign language. You sorta have milk down pat. So far you can say “Mama” and “Dada” in English.

Oh one other thing we are loving: Introducing you to Disney movies. Unfortunately you are quite a loud moviegoer. So I haven’t brought you to ever showing. But you have been to a few and you enjoy the experience. The popcorn, the music. But you don’t like to nap with all of that going on, so I usually have to stand up and rock you to help. At home though, you will stop what you’re doing when you hear a movie start, and sometimes you even seem to be watching what’s going on. I can’t wait to see what your favorites are!

Luckily, you have a huge support system to help you grow up in this world. Not only your dad and I, but your brother and sister are your biggest cheerleaders. They love you SO much. They cheer every time you do something new. Bring you presents, sing and dance for you. Carry you around. It’s incredible seeing how much joy you’ve brought to our home. You were the missing rainbow piece to our puzzle.

You’ve made it around the sun, and I’m so excited to keep watching you grow, and see the girl you become. I adore you, and I’m so glad you’re mine.

Love,

Mommy

Dear Lee Lee,

Wow, I have really slacked in the monthly letter department. I hope you won’t hold it against me. You are already 9 months old! Truth is, this was a lot easier to do when I only had one kid and I wrote your sister love letters every month. Having three kids has been an adjustment, but it’s honestly been a fun one. You are nine months old now and you’ve warmed our entire home with your bright smile. Yes, there are a lot of teeth in that smile. Eight actually. I can’t believe it. You don’t bite us too often, but when you do… OUCH!

My baby is 9 months old

Roper from Baby Boden

Eight years have gone by since I’ve had a nine month old daughter. So much has changed since then. For one, we get to spend a lot more time together. I get to work from home with you and take you with me when I travel. I love that you and I get to play together every morning, then sometimes you have a special babysitter who comes over to play with you too so I can focus on work for a few hours and not worry about you swallowing something you’re not suppose to.

Yea, you get into everything. You crawl so fast and find every teeny tiny thing that has ever been dropped on the floor. We’ve had to become much more diligent in vacuuming and picking things up. You don’t tend to try to eat large things. Just the small choking hazards. I can’t even tell you how many things I’ve pulled out of your mouth.

9 month old baby playing in the yard

You are one determined and busy little baby. I think you will be my first child to walk before their first birthday. At only 9 months old, you’re already walking along the couch and standing from the middle of the floor without pulling up on anything. I bet if I gave you a little help you’d be walking in no time. But I am not ready for that. I am not ready for you to shift from baby to toddler.

So I must confess, you will be 10 months old in a little over a week, but I’m hanging on to every little day. I’m soaking in every bit of you. We all are. You’ve really brought our family together in a way I didn’t know was possible. Your big brother adores you so much. He used to not like babies at all because he didn’t want them touching his things. Ok, well he’s still a little like that with you, but now he will give you one of his toys (the one he doesn’t want to play with) so you can play too. He still doesn’t like when you put them in your mouth though.

Baby that's 9 months old swinging with her two older siblings

When you started crawling he was your biggest cheerleader. Every new little thing you do makes him laugh and scream excitedly for you.

Your sister is a huge help. She carries your around, dances with you, and entertains you when I’m busy. She still loves to dress you up, and match you. I don’t imagine that will be changing any time soon. It’s funny because when she was your age I dressed her up all of the time.

A big sister and baby sister sharing a kiss

Sometimes you remind me of your big sister when she was your age. Like how you love to be held and carried around. But in other ways you are so different. Like how you LOVE food and getting into things. I have to stop and remind myself how you’re an entirely new person in our family and you come with a whole new set of opinions and personality traits. We can’t wait to see what sort of big ideas you have to share with us. And what kind of person you grow up to be.

A baby girl playing with her big brother on a train.

I’m so excited to watch you grow. I think now that I’ve been doing this mom thing a while I am going to be a pretty good one to you too. Or at least try to be. I want you to know that even though you have a sister and brother before you, you get to be yourself. I’m sure you’ll look up to them, and I’m sure they’ll look out for you. Where your older sister was our first to love on and break us into the parenting realm, you are growing up in a place surrounded by even more love.

9 months old little baby girl eating at table

Leo from Adelaide’s Boutique

I tell this to your siblings all the time and I’m going to say it to you too: You can be anything you want to be. Dream big and make it happen. We will help you along the way.

I love you so much baby girl. Thank you for joining our family.

 

With love,

Mommy

 

Oct
08
2018

So This is 8


My sweet baby girl,

Yes, I can and will still call you that. Probably forever. You may be older, taller, and have a lot more to say, but you will always be my baby.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me tell you… You are one remarkable little girl. This last year has been full of a lot of changes for you and you’ve taken it like a champ. You became a big sister of a little sister, and you started back at public school. Every morning you jump up excited for the new day. Not once have you asked to go lay back down or sleep a little longer. I barely whisper that it’s time to wake up and you pop up as perky as ever. I love that about your personality. Sometimes you get a little down, or frustrated but overall you’re a very positive person.

You got baptized a month after your birthday and it was such a special day. Remember? I love how you kept asking if you had sinned yet for a good week or two after. You were so determined to keep that slate clean as long as possible. But I think you understand now that we all make mistakes, what’s important is apologizing and always trying to do better.

I write you little notes in your lunchbox and ever since you told me how much you enjoy them I can’t seem to stop. Even when daddy sends you off to school, if I’ve forgotten to write one I wake up and make one real quick. I’m not much of an artist but you’re helping me become one.

Will work for treats! Another thing I love about you is how excited you get over mini celebrations. BYU Football games, movie nights where I’ll wash your hair, practicing cheer with “Coach.” You’re all about having fun, and others having fun.

You adore your little sister (no surprise there) but you are also still so sweet with your little brother. To me, the sound of you two playing together is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. You probably don’t realize it but he looks up to you so much. And he loves spending time with you. I know your sister will too.

We finally figured out why reading has been such a struggle for you and you are doing better and learning more every day. I imagine in no time you’ll be reading Percy Jackson books all by yourself. But I must admit, it’s been fun to read them aloud and share that enjoyment together.

I love how you tell me the good and bad about your school day. I hope we always have that open relationship and you always feel like you can come to me and tell me anything. I want you to know I’m always here to listen to anything you’d like to tell me.

You are such a big dreamer. Right now you want to be an olympic cheerleader/ movie star/ singer. I think that’s pretty awesome.

I’ve enjoyed watching you grow as a person. It’s so fun to watch your determination for things. You’re working hard to learn how to do a back tuck in cheer, and working hard at school. You’ve made friends in class and rekindled friendships you had in kindergarten.

There is such a beautiful light about you and I want you to continue to fuel that throughout you life. You are going to inspire and uplift so many people, and encourage them to be the best they can be as you work to be the best you can be.

I’m so lucky to be your mom, and I’m so excited to see what’s next in this new year of life!

Love,

Mom

 

Dear Sneaky,

This is the first letter I’ve written you my entire pregnancy. Each month would go by and I’d contemplate sitting down to jot down my thoughts but it’s been such  a whirlwind, I think writing this now, just around the time we expected you to arrive would be perfect.

40 weeks pregnant love letter.

As expected you’re snuggled in there and flew past your due date without much of a hint of that changing very soon. There were a lot of anxious feelings as we came up on your due date, but now that we’re past it I’m somehow relieved knowing you’re gonna be here at some point within the next week or so. Maybe that’s because there’s no more guess work on whether or not you’re coming early or on time. You’re just plain late. Like your other siblings. So I’m thinking you’ll fit right in.

Growing you has been the wildest experience for me. After your brother was born I’d never dreamed I’d have TWO daughters to raise. I’m pretty sure your daddy is thinking the same thing. He’s been cleaning and getting the car all safe and ready for you. A few days ago he unboxed the carseat, went and got my oil changed and vacuumed out our very messy car. I think it’s his own little way of nesting. Though we’re pretty much ready in most regards, we are still in heavy debates over the spelling of your name. I hope you like what we finally agree on.

With your siblings standing by with the biggest grins and excited chatter I imagine you’re going to be the most loved little girl around. Your sister wants to share her room and everything else with you. I think you’re the sister she’s wanted but never thought she’d get. Your big brother is also surprising me with his excitement. Lately he’s up before your sister and talking to you first thing in the morning. He’s so loud and you almost always immediately start kicking and moving around when you hear him. I’m sure you’ll recognize him immediately. It’s going to be so fun watching how he adjusts to being a big brother. Hopefully you go easy on him.

We have managed to collect all these fun contraptions to put you in once you’re here but the more I think about it the more I realize you will probably be in our arms 24/7. Everyone is ready and waiting to get a piece of you.

I didn’t think I’d ever get to raise another baby again but I know you’re meant to be a part of our family. I think you’re going to be the little puzzle piece we didn’t realize we were missing. Be prepared to squeeze in and get smothered with a ridiculous amount of love.

So come out whenever you’re ready. Preferably sooner rather than later. We are all waiting!

Love,

Mommy

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