Irelynd and Kyllian,
BAD MOM ALERT. I bought baby books for each of you (not cheap) and have not taken them out of the boxes they came in. This is so not your Mom. The old me would have been all over those books daily. The new me is a Momzie. At least I have saved a lot to put in them one day. No umbilical cords, but other things that are much more pleasant to look at.
Because I found it impossible to keep up on the books I would write letters to you monthly on my blog about your development what was going on in our lives. Another fail. That stopped a long time ago. So here we are. A few months shy of 2 years old. Where has time gone!?
To get you up to speed: Things have gotten easier. Things have gotten harder. We still are not sleeping. We are in awe of our little lady bugs constantly. I’m excited for the future. I’m worried about the future. Welcome to parenthood.
Your personality is a perfect blend of your father and myself. Terrifying. And I believe the terrible two’s have started. More terrifying. You are one smart cookie. You know everything said and asked of. I don’t even know how you know so much being that we don’t get out much to mingle with others. I guess it is true what people say about kids watching their parents every move and learning quickly.
Irelynd, you are quite easy when not having a terrible two moment. You love to eat and love to sleep. We have not found a food yet that you don’t like. You get that from me. When it comes to nap time or bed time you run over to the baby gate and wait for me to open it so you can climb up the stairs to bed. You have never put up a fight for sleep at home. You love your bed and all your stuffed animals that you sleep with. Your bedtime routine consists of teeth brushing, giving kisses (even to Max, our dog), and bringing your hands together for prayer before you go down. I don’t even have to tell you it’s time to pray. I love that. I can’t wait to get you in Sunday School some day.
You are a great sister. You hand me Kyllian’s burp rags, fix her glasses when they fall, and on occasion I can get you to share toys. You don’t really understand why you can’t do therapy with sister. It looks like play time so I don’t blame you. And you don’t understand why sister can have a bottle and you can not. I get that and I am sorry some things are confusing right now. I am just thankful you don’t notice that sister isn’t going to bed when you do! 😉
Following is a list of your current favorites:
- Books. We don’t have bedtime stories because you are read to during the day.
- Charlotte (doll/blanket). She goes everywhere with you.
- Being outside. You love to go to parks.
- Running because you are so excited to be independent
- Climbing. Not looking forward to the day you learn to climb over the baby gate.
- LION GUARD. Oh my lanta, you love this cartoon.
I am looking forward to this summer and the next few months before you turn two. We just got your potty chair in the mail today and plan on training soon. May the force be with me! I really think you are ready though. I am very lucky.
I love you to pieces and bits. Just please stop growing up so fast!!
You are doing so well. I feel like you have the support of the world behind you. So many people keep you in their prayers daily. We are blessed. And everyone you come across is blessed too by your sweet sweet smile.
I am in awe of how far you have come. From a pound and a half to 21 and a half as of today. You are catching up to sister. Irelynd will be in trouble once we can get you on your feet. I can’t wait for that day. You are well on your way with physical therapy, occupational therapy, feeding therapy, and speech therapy 4 times a week. We are also on a waiting list for one additional OT session weekly. I do hope it opens up soon however I’m not looking forward to one more appointment to fit into the schedule.
Kyllian, you can get anywhere you need to be by rolling. FAST. You can army crawl but it isn’t your preferred method of transportation yet. However when you do crawl you get proud of yourself and giggle the whole way. When you do something like that you clap for yourself and look around the room to make sure everyone else is clapping too. It’s very cute. You can stand with assistance of an object or person. And your mobility with hands and arms has improved. You are strong but need help connecting the dots to get everything to work together. I am so proud of you and excited to see how the next few months will turn out.
Just like your sister, you are also a smart cookie. You watch everything closely. You study others when they talk and you love watching Irelynd. If Irelynd laughs you will laugh. If Irelynd gets in trouble, you cry like you are in trouble too. You are pretty emotional. You get that from your Mama. I get it from Nana. Let’s blame Nana. 😉
Following is a list of your current favorites:
- Balls. You love rolling balls back and forth.
- Your bottle. This is exciting because we have had feeding issues in the past.
- Anything that makes noise. You love to bang objects together.
- Being outside. I like taking you on runs. You like to feel the wind in your hair.
- Bath time. The pool is going to be fun this summer.
- Moon Moon Moon Song. Sometimes I sing this 1,682 times a night to get you to sleep.
Speaking of sleep, how about you start doing that now?! Please. It is actually Mom and Dad’s weakness because we like it more than you apparently. Doctor’s don’t have an answer for us because you are growing and currently seizure free. Some times you are sleepy but will fight it for HOURS. Other times you are wide awake and happy for HOURS. And then there are the times when we get you to sleep but you wake up because of reflux. I will save those details for later along with an update on your health.
Besides your nightly witching hour(s) you are such a happy girl. Over the past two weeks giving a thumbs up has become your signature move. You are a hoot. Thank you for teaching me so much. I love you to infinity and beyond.
Our goals for the next few months are to learn more sign language. Both of you are actually doing well. More, Please, Daddy, and Sleep are our current regulars. I throw a new one in every now and then but have to be careful not to confuse you two. For example, blowing kisses and the sign for “thank you” are too similar.
Again, I am so sorry I have skipped a year on your updates. I do have a million pictures of your every move so at least our memories are documented that way.
Thank you both for blessing me. Cheers to us!