12 Month Letter

To My Kissy Girl Vaughn Emerson,

Today you turn ONE year old, my how time flies.  I woke up this morning at 3:30, it was storming really loudly, and I couldn’t help but think about how much life has changed since 3:39AM a year ago.  When you bring a child into your home you have no idea what to expect.  I prepared myself for a challenging baby, and a terrible transition from a family of 3 to a family of 4, and then we got YOU!!  You are seriously so much fun, curious, sweet, congenial, and affectionate.  Lately you have been giving us “kisses”, they are very open mouth and very wet, but oh so sweet.  I can tell we have some rough waters ahead between you and Ellery, but you look at her like she hung the moon and MOST of the time she absolutely adores you.  We are going to struggle with sharing, especially since you like to get into everything she has, but I’m sure we will get there.  Your personality is starting to come through and I’m happy to report you are tough.  When you and Ellery “fight” you really hold your own!  You’ve been taking more steps, but no official walking just yet.  Today will most likely be the last time you nurse.  I didn’t really intend to quit on your birthday, but it has just naturally happened that you have gradually cut back and it seems like it’s time to end this phase.  I was feeling really sad about this a month ago, but now I have come to terms that this is part of growing up and I am thrilled we have lasted this long.  This year has felt so very short, with splitting my time between you and Ellery and moving across the country I just feel like I’ve blinked and you are one.  I’m looking forward to this next year as we watch you develop and get to know you better.  I’m just so glad you are ours!!!!

Love you forever,

Mama

Vaughn 12 months

11 Month Letter

To Our Little Snaggles Vaughn Emerson,

We started calling you snaggles this past month because one of your front teeth has descended and the other is still hanging out up near your gums.  I love this about your sweet little smile.   You changed a lot this month.  You started standing up without holding on.  You can stand for 30 seconds or so in the middle of the floor.  About a week ago you took your first step and the next day your dad witnessed two steps.  It’s basically just falling forward at this point, but I’m counting it.  I am still trying my absolute best to get you to say Mama without any success.  I am crossing my fingers that you give that to me for my birthday on Saturday.  One thing I’m hoping you DON’T give me is the stomach bug you had yesterday.  Part of me thinks it was actually something you ate, but the other part of me realizes I’m probably just trying to convince myself there is no way I could get the flu this week.  You being sick was heartbreaking and sweet all at the same time.  You were such a little snuggle bug and you fell asleep nursing for the first time in at least 6 months.  Speaking of nursing, we are down to twice a day, once in the morning and once around dinner time.  I have a feeling we won’t quite make it to your first birthday, but we’ll see.  I’m in no real rush to end this time.  It feels very bittersweet as this MIGHT be the last time I nurse a baby.  You are truly into everything.  It is quite likely you will break at least one of my pyrex dishes soon….we need cabinet locks ASAP.  We also need to figure out this whole stair gate thing, you are able to climb the entire flight of stairs with me standing behind you.  We just enjoy you so much and can’t imagine our family without you. Thanks for brining so much joy to our lives and being just about the most congenial kid ever!!

Love you forever,

Mama

Vaughn 11 Months