means you’re now 18 (almost 19!) months old.
fast forward ahead! Mama and daddy were in the midst of finalizing wedding
plans. Which led to your first airplane ride last October to California for the
wedding! You did great and were such a good, little traveller. You slept a lot
on the flights and mama nursed you on landings and take-offs so your ears
wouldn’t hurt too much.
loved it! Minus the cheese, of course. Your 12 month allergy testing confirmed
you were still allergic to both eggs and milk, and now peanuts! We checked into
our hotel in Anaheim and were all really tired! Your nana Moats was with us
too. We took you to Disneyland for the first time, and while you were still too
little for a lot of rides, you certainly enjoyed yourself, regardless. Navigating
food while there was interesting, but we managed! It was so much fun to
experience that magical place with you that was such a big part of mama’s
childhood. We headed up the mountain to Big Bear a few days later, mama and
daddy’s hometown, which is where we got married. You got carsick on the way up!
We had a great week there, spending lots of time with family and
trick-or-treating with everyone in ‘The Village,’ just like mama did as a kid.
You were Pebbles Flintstone for Halloween and we even made your hair orange! It
was cold that night, but we kept you bundled! You even got to meet your grandpa
and uncle Fiddler (mama’s dad and brother) for the first time and you were all
quite smitten with each other.
you as a miniature snow white and you were carried down the aisle, right before
mama, by your uncle Anthony. You feel
asleep right before and stayed fast asleep for the entire ceremony! It was
really cold and actually snowed that day! But everything was so beautiful and mama and
daddy were so happy! We were glad you were there to share it with us.
Which was really exciting, but meant that we were moving up north, near your
grandma and grandpa Simon., just like we’d always wanted. It all went very fast
and you and I moved up the week of Thanksgiving, while dad and Brennan stayed
behind, for what we hoped would only be a short period of time. During this
time, mama also found out she was pregnant and you’d have a new baby sibling
the following summer! We were pretty pleased about that!
lived for a bit with your grandparents while we were getting settled, seeing
dad and brother on weekends.
the kids at daycare. And it affected your breathing pretty significantly, which
wasn’t really new, per say, but it was worse than it had ever been. They had to
prescribe a new medicine for your nebulizer that seemed to nearly make you stop
breathing, which resulted in your first (and hopefully last) ambulance trip to
the hospital. It was very scary and dad was away and it was really hard on all
of us, but you were okay and we were so thankful for that!
year and LOVED opening gifts, opening each one slowly and deliberately and
enjoying every minute. One of your favorite gifts was a little ride-on car that
plays music! It was sort of a different Christmas this year, everything was so
busy and we were stressed out with the move, but being together for that week
was wonderful and spending time with you was all that mattered.
but she wasn’t with us. Around Thanksgiving, she got very sick, and still
remains sick and has to live elsewhere, in a place where nurses and doctors
take care of her. It’s been really sad and hard on all of us, but we visit her
a lot and she plays games and smiles her biggest smiles when you and Brennan
living away and it just got harder and harder on you and I. Being apart was
extremely saddening and there were many reasons for it, which I won’t bother
you with, but we’re just now getting to a point where we can be together again.
Your dad has really missed you.
but lots of happiness too. You’ve been mama’s sidekick and kept her grounded.
You’ve given her reasons to just keep smiling and keep on swimming!
teeth, with more on their way in. You’re still small, weighing 19lbs 12oz at
your 18-month appointment. You’re babbling and talking more and more these
days, saying things like moon, apple, owl, all done, shoes, toes, kitty, ball,
bubbye, thank you, this, that, bottle (baba), night night, blanket, jacket,
vroom vroom noises with anything that can used as a car, making fart noises
(which we find hilarious), baby, pretty, and lots more, in addition to mama and
dada. You’re so smart and such a bright little soul. You love coloring these
days, and do so with much seriousness and determination. Mickey Mouse is still
your favorite, and we find you actually laughing at shows on tv now when you’re
supposed to laugh because you understand so much now. You took off walking (finally!
You took your first steps about a month before) around 15 months, but are still
such a cautious girl when it comes venturing far. You love to dance and are already a
girly-girl, helping mama put on makeup, wearing jewelry and always wanting to
change your clothes!
veggies, mostly veggies, which we’re thankful for! Your food allergies have
been good for shaping a healthy diet for you! Mama tries new recipes a lot,
which has been an eye-opener for her in finding alternatives to ‘normal’ foods
that you can enjoy!
and dad and always want one of them nearby. Your calm and quiet, usually, and
we always get compliments on how sweet you are. But you have reached a stage
where whining is MUCH more common, usually if you don’t get your way…
THREE times in about a six-week span, along with multiple colds, which have
difficult to manage at times due to the breathing issues. You poor thing, it’s been so hard for dad and I
to watch, but we cuddled and loved on you extra and you’re feeling much better
these days. Getting outside more, spending lots of time with cousins who live
nearby, and just being you…
works. You love him to pieces and no one makes you laugh quite like he does.
to our lives and watching you grow is privilege I’ll never quite be able to put
into proper words. You occupy my thoughts every minute of every day and seeing
your smile when I come home is worth every, single hardship we’ve faced this
winter, some of which I’ll share with you when you’re older. There’s been
things that have happened in our lives over the last six months that mama can’t
quite share with you just yet because it’s just too painful for her…
giving you the gift of a baby sibling, and seeing where life takes us. You
truly are my very best friend, along with dad, of course!
|Pinafore/Apron and hat from Glitter + Wit on Etsy|