Sunday, September 18, 2011


Yesterday I took McKenzie to her first movie. "The Lion King" in 3D. I was worried about how she'd handle sitting for nearly 2 hours. But she did great.

It was so surreal to watch a movie I LOVED as a little girl, with my little girl. And I never remembered how emotional it was. I cried at several times, but especially in the first five minutes when Simba is presented to the "World"

I am glad that our sweet girl can file this away in her memories forever.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Brenton- You're 11 months old today!

Happy 11th month sweet boy! We've been busy around here planning for your first birthday party. It's hard to believe it's only one month away! You've been really busy learning lots of new things in your 10th month. You're quickly leaving your infancy behind and venturing down the road of toddler hood faster than I'd like.

 The most exciting  milestone is you've mastered walking. You almost never crawl and can get yourself into a standing position without holding on. It's pretty neat learning you master this feat. You're not too sure what to think about shoes quite yet. You cry and try to pull them off your feet. I assume it's  because you realize that you're MUCH faster without them on. You surely don't want something slowing you down. I on the other hand, does.

You're also finally saying Mama. It's the sweetest sound I've ever heard and you use it when I am trying to get you away from something you're not supposed to have. When I pull you away from something, you look at me with your big blue eyes and say, Mama. It's almost like you're saying, "Come on lady,  give me a break, would you?" You babble all day long. You talk with your hands in this really fast paced language. We're all expected to understand what you're saying. Daddy and I have fun pretending what you mean. Ha.

You've sprouted a ton of teeth. You are now working on your 8th tooth. You literally went from 2 teeth, to 8 teeth over night.

You still love food. I haven't found anything you won't eat. You're giving up your bottle and this is good as this is your last month to have one. You're still loving your pacifier and we'll battle losing that a little bit later.

You still don't sleep through the night. Sigh. That's all I have to say about that.
 You are the sweetest baby. Ever. You almost never complain and you prefer to explore independently. You allow me to cuddle with you lots and since you're my last baby I love that. You love laughing and I hope that isn't something you forget as you get older. Laughter really can cure all things.

You love your sister and your puppy. I love watching you get excited when Daddy comes home from work. You try to run as fast as those chubby legs take you. It's the simplicities of life that I live for.

You love your baths. You splash a ton, stand up, and slide around the tub like a mad man. I often leave the bathroom soaked, but watching how happy you are makes it totally worth it.
As you leave your babyhood in the dust I am trying to savor the moments of you. I love rocking you to sleep and watching your chubby, dimpled hands, grasp my shirt. Your smile melts me. Your touch inspires me. I simply cannot imagine our lives before you and I look forward to watching you grow. It's a bit bittersweet as I know you're our last baby and while you seem to be in a rush to race out of your babyhood; I am left in the dust, wondering how did you manage to grow so fast.

I love you sweet boy. You complete our family. I love you for your beauty, for your innocence, and your sweet soul. I am eager to watch you grow into a beautiful man, but I am just as eager to hold onto the little pieces left of this time. I know one day I'll blink and be left wondering how fast you grew- but until then, know that I am proud of you. You and your sister make me strive to be a better person. And I thank both of you for that. You complete me. You humble me. You're amazing. And I love you.

I love you to the moon and back,

Monday, September 5, 2011

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