In that moment, our eyes met & I remember thinking this is what it is like to be struck by lightning, knowing I would never be untouched by him again.

-First Glance, Brian Andreas

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You love to play.  You love the water hose.  You crawl all over the front yard.  You use a funny knee up version on the grass.  You love Audrey.  You light up around her.  You love dogs.  You try to get Frida and Bells.  You love the beach.  You love baths and water.  You love cooked carrots.  You love being outside.  You are busy.  You are a climber.  You snuggle your stuffed animals (hold them to your chest and lie down on them.)  You love your paci.  You find your thumb for backup.  You are ticklish.  You curl your tongue. You stand up holding on to everything.  You cruise along holding on.  You are starting to let go with one hand.  You have curls in the back of your hair.  You are all boy.  You love to eat cheese and strawberries and drink water from my straw.  You have one little bottom tooth poking through.  You are happy.  You cry huge when you are not.  You have big hands.  You wave bye-bye with your palm facing you.  You can show us your tongue.  You point to your nose, but really it’s just under it.  You say bye bye and pup pup.  You wear 12 month clothes, unless it’s the bottom, then you can wear tiny 3-6 month.  You take 2 naps.  You go to bed at 7:30.  You weigh 19 pounds and 11 ounces.  You feel solid.  You are strong.  You are tough.  You get lots of bumps and bruises.  You babble all the time.  You are loud.  You are serious and giggly.  You love Skip to My Lou.  You hate the car seat.  You love strolls.  You love your family.  You are curious. You try to figure things out.  You love to open and close doors.  You are obsessed with plugs.  You wake up happy.  You love to watch Baby Mozart.  You pat-a-cake and play peek-a-boo.  You are so much fun.  You are my best boy.

 

Love, Mommy

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“I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”

-Charles Dickens

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Mother’s Day 2014, Audrey (4) and Jude (9 months)

 

Dear Jude,

Today is Mother’s Day.  My fifth.  But today was different with you here.  Today I celebrated love multiplied.  Love of a mother of more than one child.  Love that you don’t realize can keep growing until is just does.  You, my precious boy, showed me that love.  Love that  isn’t able to cap out.  That is instant and deep and unconditional and ongoing.  Love that doesn’t replace.  I celebrate you today.  For showing me the depths of love.  For giving me a better glimpse into the love God has for me, his own child.  You came into my world and grew my heart by about a million sizes.  You are the exact thing I never even knew I needed.

Thanks for teaching me so much already.  I’m so thankful to be your Mommy.

 

 

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2 weeks into 4…

 

Two weeks in and she can do a flip, sleep in panties, chew bubble gum, and write her name.  Every day is something new and hilarious and fun (all while wearing panties and high heels.)  These are the days.  Heaven is something like being a 4 year old or being the mom of one at least.

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Audrey, age 4

DSC_0615_3You love all things princess.
You love “unicorns and kitties and butterflies.”
You pretend with your babies and ponies and toys.
You love mermaids.
You talk ALL THE TIME.
You love Jude.
You are a little Mama.
You do magic. (“I’m magical.”)
You are a negotiator of naps, bedtime and eating.
You love home.
You love friends.
You are always happy and enjoying yourself.  (People notice it about you.)
You love that pink nightgown and staying in your pajamas.
You wear the same thing over and over.
You pick out your clothes and dress yourself.
You always choose dresses.
You wear your party dress whenever we let you.
You love shoes.
You love rainbows.
You sing loud (and make us not look.)
You dress and undress and redress your dolls.
You make them clothes out of all kinds of things and ask to “tie this on.”
You love to do their hair.
You like your hair in a braid.
You say you want to be a “hair cutter.”
You love to brush your hair.
You love when there are “curls” (bedhead)
You love watching TV.
You love movies.
You act them out.
You are Violet and Sam Sparks.  You tell us to be “Ellen and Bob and Jack Jack.”
You love “ba-spaghetti” and chicken wings.
You pretend to be Rapunzel and tuck a scarf in your ponytail to make your hair long.
You love princess music.
You give LOTS of kisses.
You pull Jude close to you in his highchair each morning.
You love to dance and watch in the mirror.
You are a good girl.
You are funny.
You are sensitive and kind.
You are smart.
You tuck little things under the pillows in your bed. (lalaloopsies and books)
You can recite the words to your favorite movies.
You rhyme silly words (“sausage, basauge”) and say “hey, that rhymes.
You point out letters.
You play “shoot the ladders.”
You are a terrible loser.
You lie awake in bed late sometimes
You love to “skip nap” but you still need one most of the time.
You get sad when you don’t get to tell Daddy bye in the mornings.
You ask him “Are you gonna be here in the morning?”
You like a light left on.
You say “pilla” and  “yella.”
You are girly.
You love pink and purple.
You sleep with lots of “tuck animals.”
You are the best big sister.
You love to draw people and maps (with elaborate stories while you make them)
You are so fun.
You are perfect to me.

Love, Mommy

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Audrey says…

Audrey:  What’s your favorite show?

Daddy:  I like shows about Alaska.

Audrey:  Is Alaska a ball?

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