Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ella Rae - 1 year newsletter

Dear Ella

Happy 1 year birthday! It's so hard to believe you are already one. You're my baby and I'm not sure I'm ready to let you grow up!

We have had a great summer and I love watching you learn and play with Riley. You've started cruising around the couch and it won't be long before you take a few steps. Several people have commented that you need to be walking before your little brother comes. I agree, but you can take all the time you need. I doubt I'll go out much with all three of you very soon anyway. To be honest, I think we all need some down time at home. We've traveled quite a bit this summer and spent several nights away. You love coming home to your bed.

When we are home, you hang right with Riley all day long. She loves to make a mountain of pillows in the living room and roll around on them. Turns out you really like it too. I love to hear your giggles during this time. Riley is
Definitely your favorite person to play with. You regularly crawl away from me to go play in Riley's room. Riley watches you like a hawk. She was made to be a big sister.

You have the sweetest smile , especially when you have something you're not supposed to have.

People want to hold you all the time. You don't mind this most of the time, however if its someone you aren't familiar with you do the sweetest thing. It's really just because you don't want them to hold you. When they pick you up, almost every time you will lay your head on their shoulder. You will stay that way until i get you back.  It melts people's hearts.

You do have a little bit of an attitude. If I take a toy away it is an immediate fit. A huge fit. You get uncontrollably mad. You have a serious frown you don't mind using. You also hate to change clothes or have your diaper changed. I know... All kids hate this. But Ella, you severely hate this. You will thrash and kick and scream. It is a real wrestling match, and one that I don't always win.

This will be the last newsletter you get before you're a big sister. It's very hard to imagine you with a little brother. I doubt you'll want much to do with him.

I'm ready, though. I feel like I'm about to climb Mt. Everest. I've had 6 months to prepare for this and still don't think I'm ready. My house certainly isn't ready! It is getting there slowly but surely. I hope to be much better prepared with food this time around. When Ella came home we had to go from the hospital to Brookshire's to get supper. I'm not going to do that to myself this time around.

And, I'm ready for Henry to be home with us. It's hard without him right now, so I'm really looking forward to the extra help. Henry is amazing in the hospital after the c-sections. He does it all, from helping me to caring for the baby. He's a great decision-maker when I've had pain medicine.

So, here we go!

I love you Ella! You're my little angel.

Love, Mama

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