Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dear Jude: two

Dear Judesy,

Happy second birthday, my love!!!  I am in disbelief that my baby is two!  You have been such a light to our family these past two years that while it seems ridiculous that you could be two, it also seems like you've been here all along. I know that doesn't make sense, but it will to you someday when you have your own babies. 

Here, in Belfast, they don't do well child exams so we don't know your weight and height. Apparently the queen of England doesn't care that I've kept meticulous records of your percentiles this far!  We do have a little measuring thing in your room and if it's accurate you are about 36 inches. Either way, you are a big two year old, everyone here thinks you are at least three. Your speech and motor skills are pretty advanced and you love to keep up with your brother, so maybe that's why you seem older. 

This past month your inner artist has exploded. Coloring and playing with play-doh are your absolute favorite things to do. You are so cute about it, you clear off your little table and bring everything to the counter and then sit down and look at us and demand to either "color purple," or "play play-doh!"  You are really good about cleaning up after yourself and always put everything back together just so.  You love to read books. It's getting a bit extreme, you wanted me to read to you at 4:30 yesterday morning. I said no. You are also obsessed with "Bubble Guppies" and "Yo Gabba Gabba."

You are becoming more particular about what you eat, but still eat pretty well. Your favorites right now are: Popsicles, anything made from a potato, innocent juice smoothies, oranges, and chocolate. You love using a fork or spoon, and handle them very well. 

Judes, you talk really well and can communicate all of your needs, wishes, and demands either verbally or in caveman speak. You've recently decided to call Liam "Dibba," which is hilarious and a bit confusing. You can say both Liam and brother very clearly, but prefer your little pet name for him. 

You despise the rain cover to your stroller and wearing socks in bed but you love shoes and will take them off just for the joy of putting them back on.  You cannot stand to have your face or nose wiped but love washing your hands and brushing your teeth. You cannot play with a ball without throwing it, and you have a great arm. You don't have a quiet bone in your body, all of your volumes are loud. If you start crying you prefer to continue for a long period of time even when the reason you are crying has been eradicated. You hate having your diaper changed and love bath time. You prefer to put your lotion on by yourself and daddy must put it in your hands a certain way. You love throwing away trash and pulling out all of my cooking utensils and dragging them across the floor.  Basically, you are two to the bone these days. 

Judesy Roe, it's hard to put into words just how awesome you are and how much you are loved. You are such a sweet little love. You are sensitive and concerned about the people around you. You are already very creative and a great problem solver. Your daddy and I are madly in love with you. You are a charming wee lad, so much so that your trouble making nature in endearing. I'm so very proud of you and you cannot imagine just how thankful I am that you were born and you are ours to raise and nurture. Happy birthday darling, we love you very, very, very, very, much! 

Love you forever, and ever,

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dear Jude: 23 months

Dear Judesy,
You turned 23 months old on the 25th (which was also your JuJu's happy birthday!) and I'm already mourning the fact that you are almost really and truly two years old.
You are a large child!  I have no idea of your actual size, but you stand as tall as Liam's shoulders and seem to weigh at least a million pounds. You are wearing 24 months and 2T clothes and size 4 or 5 diapers. You have finally gotten your canine teeth in, so we are just waiting on molars, ugh. 
Judes, you continue to be an imp in every sense of the word. You are a bit conniving, the Irish would call you a "wee messer, or a wee chancer," which describes you exactly. If you think you can get away with something you will risk it, and often even if you can't get away with it!  You love to try to get into the fireplace that's covered in soot, if the door is unlocked you are outside and trying to get in the street, you continually climb into the windowsill or the washing machine, you love to pull plugs out of outlets and throw toys around. You are a tornado and we love your spunk. 
Lately, you've shown favoritism towards savory foods, in these pictures I've bribed you with crisps which you routinely ask for for breakfast. You love to eat curry chips and chicken nuggets, you still are our little Cookie Monster. 
Developmentally, you continue to amaze us. We have recently discovered that you love to color, you sat and scribbled for 45 minutes the other day just as happy as could be. Your climbing, throwing, running, and kicking skills cannot be surpassed. You talk really well and have nice manners. You love to sing and will demand either, "tinkle, sunshiy, nana, or Jesus" for twinkle twinkle little star, you are my sunshine, hey Jude, or Jesus loves me at bedtime. It's hilarious. 
Judesy Roe, you are a joy of a little boy. We are constantly surprised by your sweetness and compassion. You love to snuggle and love on everyone. We are so thankful to have a front row seat to your life and can't wait to see where your spunky sweet little personality takes you in this life. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Survey: Liam at 4 years old

I finally remembered to ask Liam these questions!  Hopefully I will remember every year. This was pretty entertaining. 

What is your name? I Wiam Hawk 

How old are you? My birthdays gone, I'm four years old. (He's been a little sad that everyday isn't his birthday).

Where do you live? In the new house 

What is your favorite color? Blue

Who is your best friend? Omi (Noemi, from nursery school).

What is your favorite food? Chips and chocolate sandwich (Nutella and peanut butter).

What do you want to be when you grow up? Small (most likely not happening).

What do you like to play? Rocket ship

What is your favorite show? Peppa pig 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dear Liam: 4

Dearest Liam Davy,

Today you are FOUR years old!  I could burst into tears at how quickly the past 48 months have passed and at how proud you make me everyday. This is the first birthday you've understood and been excited about, which makes it even more fun for everyone!

Before we moved to Belfast we had one last visit with your beloved Dr. Steitz and he confirmed that you are a perfect giant. You are 43.5 inches tall, and weigh 43 pounds!  You're in the 100th percentile for both categories, you've come a long long way from the 19.5 inches and 5lb 5oz weight of your birth. For goodness sakes, we rejoiced when you made it into the growth charts in the 3rd percentile at three months old!

Liam, you are so smart!  You have your quirks and your struggles, but your intelligence and memory skills are amazing. You forget nothing, it's remarkable. You are cruising right along with your peers in nursery school and have finally learned how to sit quietly!  Hurray!

Buddy, you love life!  You are happy, happy, happy almost all of the time, you regularly will walk up to us and say, "I happy!"  It shows in your eyes and sweet smile, love. You love to run and be outdoors. You don't love holding hands or listening to directions, so we get a bit nervous walking around the city. But you love it.  There's a park really close to our house that we walk to a lot of afternoons and you absolutely adore walking through "the jungle" to get to the park and then exploring the paths and trails. You are an inquisitive soul and love to explore the world you're in, this is when you are the most calm and collected, when you are exploring. 

Liam, you are the most hilarious four year old I've ever known. If you hear music, you have to dance. Regardless of the context, you will drop everything and boogie. This is one of my favorite things about you. You could care less that you're blocking the entrance to the grocery store, you simply must dance. You love to laugh, and you have a big wonderful laugh that we love to hear.

Dadda is the king of your world, you absolutely adore him, but momma can calm you down when you are out of sorts.  You love to tell strangers about your brother, "this is baby Jude, he's a baby," you'll say. You can take him or leave him a lot of the time at home, but you are so proud that he's your baby. You have started wanting to help sing to him at night and snuggle and read him stories, which is precious. I love watching you develop your relationship, I know first hand how difficult it can be to be the older sibling, sometimes you just don't want anyone touching your stuff!

Liam bird, I can't quite put into words how proud of you I am. You have truly changed our lives in such a wonderful way. You made me a momma!  And you continue to teach me more about myself and my need for grace each day. I wouldn't change a single thing about you. I'm so very very glad that you were born. 

Love you forever, and ever,

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dear Jude: 22 months

Dear Jude,

Happy twenty second month birthday, sweet boy!  You continue to grow and change at such a rapid pace, I'm glad to be able to look back and watch your growth!

Everywhere we go people are surprised that you are not older than you are, you are a strapping little boy!  You are talking really well and are really into identifying things you see!  You tell me all about the dogs and cars and flowers and trees we see when we take brother to school in your raspy sweet voice.  You love to read books and will back up into my lap with one and say, "I want this, read it."  My current favorite phrase of yours is when you lay by the door during nap or bedtime and say, "momma, where are you?!" Between that and saying, "momma, get me" when you want to be held, you sure know how to work me. 

Confession: I am not very good at teaching my children things. I am working on it, but I am not likely to put flash cards in your face anytime soon. Despite my bad parenting, you amaze me with all of your knowledge. You can count to ten and know a few shapes and colors, as well. You must be picking things up by listening to Liam, or Yo Gabba Gabba is more educational than I realized!

Judesy, I'm pretty sure you are going to eat me out of house and home. I feel like you never stop eating!  You love popcorn, apples, strawberries, bread, and oranges. You eat big meals and lots of snacks. 

You love music and dancing, you are a rough and tumble little boy and often initiate wrestling matches with your big brother. You are pretty dramatic and will cry and throw yourself on the ground at the drop of a hat!  If you fall down, or dramatically lay yourself down slowly, you will loudly proclaim, "I'm oooooookay."  You are quite opinionated, and very good at letting us know your likes and dislikes. You love to give high fives and to blow kisses. 

Baby Jude, you are incredibly charming and a little stinker a lot of the times. Your love of life is contagious and encouraging, I love to see you greeting strangers, they are always surprised and enchanted. You have stolen our hearts with your grubby, chubby little hands and they are yours for the taking. 

Love you forever, and ever,

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dear Jude: 21 months

*once again, my blogging app failed to post this blog that I wrote almost a month ago!

Dear Judesy,
 You turned 21 months old on the 25th of August!  You are very grown up for your age and we often forget that you're not quite two.

Judes, you are so big!  You seem older than you are because of your size, as well as your behavior.  You are wearing 18-24 month clothing, some 24 month, and a size 6.5 shoe.  Eating is your love language.  If you are grumpy a snack goes a long way in turning your mood around.  You adore sweets and routinely beg for cookies and suckers.  You also love grown up food...you want to eat what we eat, but you want to eat before it is ready.  So you usually have a snacky dinner at 5ish and then eat again with the adults.

Your personality is an absolute hoot!  You are funny, charming, sassy, hot headed, and a born flirt (clearly you take after your parents).  You love greeting strangers and have to say goodbye to everyone when we leave a restaurant.  You also fall apart at the drop of a hat and can cry for no reason whatsoever.  You are also the sweetest, snuggliest, busiest little toddler I've known.  Basically, you keep us on our toes all day, every day.

You talk really well, you aren't always 100% clear, but we know what you want.  You've recently started loving books, which makes mommy and daddy so happy, you love to read and often take a book to bed with you.  You love to be outside and you really love playing with anything that Liam doesn't want you to touch.  You boys love each other, and love fighting with each other.  You love to climb and jump and often scare us by jumping from something high.  You think it's funny to fall, you are a very tough little boy.

Sweet Judesy, we just love you to bits.  I'm not sure what we would do without you and your sweet hugs and kisses.  You love to love things: stuffed animals, dogs, people, and we are grateful to be on the receiving end of you love.  Thank you for being such a precious, strong-willed, little love.  You are deeply cherished.

Love you forever, and ever,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dear Jude: 20 months

Dear Judesy Roe,

Happy 20 month birthday!  I cannot believe you're so old, and I can't believe you haven't been around forever!  You are the perfect second (maybe last) child for our family and we are so enjoying this stage of your wild little life. 

As you can see from these photos, you are basically a giant. I have no idea of your actual stats, but you seem to have filled out more this month. You are a solid little boy and you love to eat anytime of the day!  You are a total Cookie Monster. The minute I come home from work you scream, "momma!" And then run to the pantry and scream, "cookie!"  I guess we go hand in hand. 

Jude, you continue to be a precious little sweetie but you can pack a punch. You definitely hold your own with your big brother and have had to learn to say "sowwy," and give hugs as an apology. You love to wake Liam up from his nap by jumping on him and giving him kisses, and you still love to sit in my lap...don't ever stop with that business. 

You are talking up a storm and can clearly convey your needs and wants.  You say "tink you," without prompting, which makes us so proud.  You are really good at identifying, and saying, body parts and love sticking your fingers up my nose.  "Twinkle twinkle" is still your favorite song to sing, but you loooove music and I've heard you signing the "na nas" from "Hey Jude" a lot recently, which is just the most precious thing ever. 

Throwing toys/balls/anything is your favorite game and I'm routinely amazed at your coordination with all things gross motor. You jump and run better than most two-year-olds, and you can walk up and down stairs like a pro. I'm getting nervous you will crawl out of your crib any minute since you've started climbing out of high chairs like danger is your middle name. 

Judes, you are deeply attached to your paci, which you call your "bay," and your stuffed bunny. Both are strictly reserved for sleep times and you get them out of your crib every time you go into your room during the day. Little sneak!  I'm hopeful to take your paci away around your second birthday, but I'm pretty sure you neeeeed it for now, and our big move.  Poor little baby. 

You are an independent little love with an extremely determined demeaner. You can do a lot of advanced things because you have put your mind to it, I'm so excited to watch you take on the world as you get older, I'm sure you will accomplish great things!  We just love you to bits, sweet boy. Please don't ever forget that!

Love you forever, and ever,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Foldies forever

Last weekend was one of the most fun weekends I can remember having in my whole life. It involved three nights away in Breckenridge with three of my bosom friends. We laughed, we cried, we nearly keeled over from the altitude...it was perfect!
Do you have friends that are spread across the country/world and you can go years without seeing and still be on the same page?  I am incredibly blessed to have more than a handful of these types of friendships, and I am so thankful to have people quite literally all over the world that are cheering me on in this thing we call life. 
Chelsea, Amy, Hannah, and I all worked together at Shepherd's Fold Ranch as camp counselors in the summer of 2005. I was twenty years old!  For Chelsea's thirtieth birthday we put this scheme together to have ourselves a little reunion and it was worth every penny!  
We spent a summer together pouring into the lives of teenage girls and showing them their value. Nearly ten years later we spent a weekend together doing the same thing for each other. Ahh. My very soul is refreshed. 
Girls, I am so thankful for you, and so glad we followed through and made this happen!  I'm so proud of the women we have become!