Friday, July 25, 2014

Dear Alex

Dear Alex,

You are going to be a big brother very soon.  I know you don't understand what that means, even though you hear it from everyone, even strangers at the grocery store.  And I know that since you are not even two yet, it will seem like he's always been a part of your life.  You won't ever remember this time when it was just you.

But I will.

I want you to know that I have loved being your mom.  You have taught me patience, and some days I am more patient than I ever thought possible.  And other times, when I'm not as patient as I would like to be, you show me that it's okay and that we can always try again tomorrow.

You have made me see the world in a brand new way.  To you, everything is exciting and novel, from the tiniest ant to an airplane soaring across the sky.  What a beautiful way to look at life.  I love viewing it through your sweet eyes.

I never knew that the sound of your little giggles could bring me so much joy.  And if I am the lucky one making you laugh?  There is simply nothing better.

I am often worried when I can't protect you from everything, or afraid that I will fail to teach you valuable lessons about life.  Yet you show me everyday that you are growing up too fast to waste my time fretting about such things.  I know that you don't care if our family albums are a few years behind, or if your closet isn't in perfect order.  So I promise you that I will spend less time worrying about those things, and more time basking in your snuggles.

You will always be my baby, Alex Henry, even once baby brother arrives.  You are going to be the absolute best big brother.  I can't wait to see what new things you will teach me then.

All my love,

Saturday, July 5, 2014

19 Months and 20 Months

Alex Henry is 20 MONTHS OLD today!  Where has the time gone?  He acts more and more like a little boy and less like a baby.  I guess this is a good thing, since baby brother is due exactly one month from today.

Alex still isn't talking much, although I feel like he understands almost everything we tell him.  He loves saying "woof woof" when he sees a dog or a picture of a dog, and he is constantly waving and saying "bye bye".  He will also say "hi", but enjoys saying "bye" more.  :)

He can climb almost anything, which will make life interesting when I try to take him to the park once his brother is here!  He loves playing with water, the water hose, and playing in sand at the beach.  Alex really interacts with his little buddies now and they play with, rather than next to, one another.  It is so cute to see!

Since I missed, here is a photo overload of life with Al the past two months!

Fun in the Backyard with Dad

Such a helpful little tarragon has never been so hydrated!

Picnic lunch before a quick hike in Mass

Do you see what I see?  A visitor hanging out on our deck.  Luckily Alex hasn't seen him and he appears friendly!

At Eichler's Cove, the beach in Newtown

Happy Birthday, America!

Sun. Pool. Garden hose. What more could he want?

Fun with Friends on the 4th of July!

Hiking with Dad

He's quite musical...we may have a future Mozart here!

Hiking makes him hungry.

Fun at Squantz Pond (but not a fan of the waves!)

Mother's Day dinner for Mom!

More fun at Squantz Pond

Ferris Acres...yum.

Wiped out!

Lake Waramaug in Kent

Alex loved how calm the water was!

Meeting a llama in Sandy Hook.  (Or maybe it was an alpaca?)

Picking strawberries at Jones Family Farm with mom!

More fun with water on the deck (and a kitchen sink, of course)

Happy Father's Day, Dad!

The perfect picture of summer.  Blonde haired baby, ice cream cone, adirondack chair.  I love this one.  :)