Letters to My Children | 2 Years + 30 Weeks in the Belly

July 20, 2019

Dear Babies,

We’ve been having so much fun this summer! Preparing for little girl and trying to soak up all the fun an only child gets. I’m trying to cherish every moment with my oldest, because I know too soon my hands will be full of another sweet baby. I am so thankful to be a mother to two beautiful kids. Only a few more letters to my children before sweet baby girl gets here. I’m so excited yet so nervous!

To my oldest:
I’ve already written you a special letter this month, since it was your birthday and you are now TWO! But I thought I’d continue the letters to my children and write you a little note as well. One thing that has already changed is that today you counted to three in spanish. It’s no surprise your favorite show right now is Dora the Explorer!

Another fun thing we’ve done this month is go to a place that had two bounce houses, trampolines, and a fun foam pit. You had a blast! I definitely have plans of taking you back. You were so fearless and would follow all the big kids around you. I was really proud but also slightly terrified that you would get hurt. I had a little bit of an internal battle with myself before I decided to just watch and see what happened, only intervening when I felt it absolutely necessary (which was only one or two times). I’m pretty proud of myself!

I really love it when you’re talking to me because you also call me mom. You’ll say things like, ‘Mom, I’m hungry’ or ‘Good job, Mom!’ or ‘Air go mama, a blue ball’ (here you go mama) it’s really quite adorable. You call me mom, mommy, mama and it just melts my heart. I love you so much, my sweet son.

To my youngest:
Wow are you growing and developing just perfectly. We got to see an ultrasound of you to check on a few things. The ultrasound came back perfect and they have no more worries about your development! I’m so happy because I prayed and prayed that you’d be alright. You are moving a whole lot more and I just love feeling your little kicks and jabs everyday. You’re especially active in the morning and at night (or maybe I’m just paying attention more). Which is the perfect way to start and end a day! I’m also starting to see you move my stomach, which is always such a fun part of pregnancy.

As far as my growing belly, no new stretch marks yet! I almost feel like I haven’t gotten any bigger, but I know that’s ridiculous! Because you’ve gotten a lot bigger! At the ultrasound they said you were measuring at 2 1/2 pounds! So little! I can’t believe you’ll grow to be 7 or 8 pounds! In just 10 short weeks. You have a lot of work to do, my sweet little girl.

I got a TON of clothes for you. Your drawers are completely full (unlike your brothers haha!) and the closet is full of cute little dresses I’m going to put you in. I might change your clothes 3 times a day just to see you in all of these cute outfits. Don’t tell big brother…he might be jealous, but he doesn’t super care about his outfits. They just have to have dinosaurs or spiderman on them!

I’m literally so excited to dress you in most of these outfits. And I even have a few more I want to get you that are just too cute to pass up.

My grandma (your great-grandma) is making me a beautiful dress. And I’m so excited because she has enough fabric to make you a matching dress for when you’re older! Gah I can hardly wait!

I’m feeling great. Chasing your older brother around has been good for me. Only recently have I gotten pretty tired. I’ve taken a few naps here and there throughout this past week. I anticipate more naps haha! I’ve had a few stretching pains, but I’m really feeling great. We’ll see what the third trimester brings (I’ve been in it for 2 weeks now, and it’s not too bad yet!).

All I know is that you keep growing, baby girl, and being healthy. I can’t wait to meet you earth side. I can’t wait to see what you look like. Your ultrasound was SO cute! I personally think your silhouette looked like your Aunt AJ’s silhouette. Which is funny, because people thought your brother looked like Aunt AJ when he was a newborn. We’ll see! I think you looked similar to your brother, but upon analyzing both ultrasounds side by side, I can see some huge differences. So I’m really excited to see what you’ll look like.

I may not be ready for your arrival quite yet, but I will be. I hope you know that you are already loved and that so many people are excited to meet and hold you.

I love you both so much.

Love,
Mommy

Letters to My Children | 2 Years + 30 Weeks in my Belly
Letters to My Children | 2 Years + 30 Weeks in my Belly
Letters to My Children | 2 Years + 30 Weeks in my Belly

A Letter to the Birthday Boy | 2 Years Old

July 12, 2019

Dear little one,

You’re two years old today. I remember when I first found out I was pregnant with you. I wasn’t quite as thrilled or excited as I should be, because I had been pained from a miscarriage just a few months earlier. I was worried if I got too excited, I would miscarry you as well. So, I didn’t let myself get too excited about being pregnant with you. But by the time 12 weeks came along and we heard your heart beat for the first time, I knew you would be just fine. And I started day dreaming what it would be like to have a newborn in the house. What would it be like to be a mom? All the things I dreamed about and thought about, came true, but even better than I could imagine. Being a mom is one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced.

You have taught me so much, my sweet little boy. I became a mother because of you. You have taught me patience (mainly because you came into this world so late!), you have taught me how to love more, you have taught me to enjoy the simple things in life, and so much more. The day I had you was one of the best days of my life. My heart grew 10 times bigger that day. My love for your father grew 10 times more that day. My love for you grew 10 times more. You helped me feel empowered. You helped me feel wanted. You helped me feel important. I am a stronger and better person because of you.

Things you love at the sweet age of two: Spiderman! If you could have all things Spiderman, you would. You love to watch any movie featuring Spiderman. You love any clothes with Spiderman on it. You are all about Spiderman. You also run around pretending to shoot webs and making a ‘pew’ sound everytime you do it. Oh my goodness is it the cutest thing I have ever seen! You also love to jump off of things lately, which always makes me so nervous! You are constantly on the go and this pregnant mama gets tired. You love to wrestle with your dad or uncle or aunts. You love to sing ‘ABCs’, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’, ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’, ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, and ‘Monkeys Jumping on the Bed’. I’m pretty impressed because you know most of the words to all of those! I love it when you’re playing with your toys and I just hear you singing one of those songs to yourself. It’s adorable and makes me so happy.

Another thing you love is anything to do with water. Splash park, pool, lake, sprinkler, all the above you love! You also love going on walks and going to the park with your mommy and daddy.

I haven’t counted how many words you know, but I’m pretty sure it’s around 250. You can already say sentences with up to 6 words in them. You also never stop talking, which is fine with me right now! If you ever come across words, you start singing the ABCs song, and it’s really cute! You’re learning so much by talking and repeating what we say. You’re figuring out how to piece words together to make a sentence. And I’m really proud of you for that!

You are extremely good at copying what others do. If you can’t figure something out, I just show you how to do it and then you just do it from then on. It’s quite impressive, I wish I had that ability! You learn really well by watching.

You enjoy spending time with your family; your mommy and daddy, mamo (grandma) and aunts and uncle. You really love going to mamo’s house. I don’t blame you, she has a kid pool and a trampoline and a slide that you just have so much fun with. The images below were taken at your mamo’s house!

A Letter to the Birthday Boy | 2 Years Old Aly Dawn Photography

Lately you’ve started to play with your toys by yourself. This is a huge accomplishment! I’m happy you are content to do things by yourself. It gives me some time to do the things that I want to do. Like blog! Or edit pictures of you haha! Your favorite toy is this hot wheels track. You love taking the track apart and putting it back together again. You also have some blocks that you like to play with, as well as some dinosaur figurines you like to make fight with each other. If there’s cars, dinosaurs, or blocks involved, you are one happy camper!

I’ve caught you a few times reading to yourself, and I hope you continue your love for reading! You get pretty excited when I bring home a new book (which I’m trying to do at least once a month). Your favorite books include dinosaurs or trucks. Which I can’t blame you, they’re some pretty fun books out there that have those two things in them!

A Letter to the Birthday Boy | 2 Years Old Aly Dawn Photography
A Letter to the Birthday Boy | 2 Years Old Aly Dawn Photography
A Letter to the Birthday Boy | 2 Years Old Aly Dawn Photography

You are one polite little human. You are pretty good at saying please and thank you. And I think it’s so cute how you say ‘tank you’. And when you say please, you hug yourself tight. It’s adorable. Sometimes I have to remind you of what to say, but for the most part, you are really good at saying thank you to those who help you.

I’m really proud and happy because your bedtime routine has been pretty consistent and it’s been so easy getting you to sleep! We brush your teeth, put you in pajamas, let you have some milk or water, and then let you listen to a bedtime story on my phone. You go right to sleep. And I’m so happy! Getting you to sleep has always been easy, but it’s nice to finally have a bedtime routine that we can do every night.

A Letter to the Birthday Boy | 2 Years Old Aly Dawn Photography

You’re still a huge fan of your daddy. It’s so cute whenever he comes home and you go running to him yelling, ‘daddy!’. I also really enjoy seeing you two interact and get along. He’s a pretty awesome daddy, but you already know that! I hope you always love your daddy this much!

A Letter to the Birthday Boy | 2 Years Old Aly Dawn Photography

I’m so blessed that I get to stay home with you every single day and watch you grow and learn. Being a stay at home mom is so amazing and fulfilling! Thank you for teaching me so much in the two years you’ve been in my life. I can’t wait to learn even more from you! You’re my little buddy, my partner in crime, my explorer, and my sweet boy.

I’m really excited to see you become a big brother. I have this feeling that you are going to be such an amazing big brother! I can’t wait to witness this growth. I know you’re going to be such a big help when your little sister gets here. I’m excited to see what type of personality she will have and how you two will work together. I think you’ll really enjoy being a big brother.

A Letter to the Birthday Boy | 2 Years Old Aly Dawn Photography
A Letter to the Birthday Boy | 2 Years Old Aly Dawn Photography
A Letter to the Birthday Boy | 2 Years Old Aly Dawn Photography

I hope you know just how loved you are. How special you are. I hope you see your worth and you know that you have parents who love you very much. That you also have grandparents, aunts, and uncles you love you very much. You are loved, my sweet sweet boy. You are amazing. You will do amazing things in this life, I know it.

Happy Birthday. You deserve to have a day to celebrate you! I hope you enjoy it and I hope you have so much fun!

Two years looks good on you, my sweet boy.

I love you so much!

Love,
Mommy

A Letter to the Birthday Boy | 2 Years Old Aly Dawn Photography