Thursday, June 26, 2014

We're showered with love!

Dear Maya,

It's been a much lovelier time with you since the last post. You've been behaving like the big girl you are quickly becoming. You say "Can I have ~, please?" instead of "I want ~." You like to bring mommy her Tums. You have entertained yourself with blocks and books for longer periods of time. Thank you so much!

The end of last week mommy treated you to a doughnut date and a trip to the park for being such a good girl at my doctor appointment. The following day when we went to the farm for our share, we got to pick peas for the first time this year. You were so much better at it than last year and we filled our boxes in no time.

On Sunday, mommy's dear friend Charlotte treated her to a manicure and pedicure. Little did I know, while I was gone a lot was happening at home. Aunt Rhi and Uncle Matt planned a 'moon and stars' surprise baby shower for when I returned. Pretty decorations, yummy food, sweet gifts from family, and the biggest surprise of all, Grandma and Poppa Stan drove up from North Carolina to attend! It was such a nice time and mommy was so surprised and happy.

Grandma and Poppa Stan stayed for a couple nights and we got to go out for lunch and to the park with them and your cousin Grace. Baby Grace is also going to gain a sibling later this year and we just found out she'll have a little brother! Yeah! You two will be such great big sisters!

Well, mommy needs her rest! Love you!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Quick Father's Day recap

Dear Maya,

Since this week is hot and busy and mommy's trying to get some things done around the house, here's a quick photo recap of how we spent our Father's Day. We had such a nice day and from your early morning love tackles to your good night kisses, Baba felt very loved indeed.

  • Gift-giving: ThrowDough pizza tossing practice thingy, a plate you drew an adorable picture on, and your three choices from the dollar store--cookies, a mini desk lamp and a balloon

  • A nice walk around a scenic town and a lunch date.

  •  Home to plant your sunflower seedlings and wash the cars.

Since mommy's 'pregnancy brain' is in full effect, I'm sure there are more things I'm forgetting to write about. Ah, well. Love you! And Baba, too!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Flowers, Math, and Cousins

Dear Maya,

Not a whole lot of excitement around here lately. We've had some dreary, rainy weather this week and it hasn't done much for your mood or mommy's. Both of us have been kinda cranky and butting heads over the silliest things. Yesterday when mommy got irritated over you having to go to the bathroom 2 bites into dinner even though I'd asked you to go before dinner, you told me I shouldn't get mad. In fact the whole trip to the bathroom and back you lectured me on it. It was so funny I just had to laugh.


When the weather has been nice we've spent time outside admiring our flowers. It's amazing how quickly you remember their names and how you notice changes from day to day. When we've been inside you've been working on skills way above your head. Originally we introduced you to the website so you could practice your letters, but you keep finding your way into other parts of the site like multiplication tables and reading a clock. You don't usually get the answers right but you seem to enjoy trying!

We celebrated Aunt Bobbie and Aunt Kelsie's birthday over the weekend, then saw Aunt Kelsie again a few days later when we babysat Baby Grace. Your sweet little cousin is at the age now where she can hold her own and we can tell she looks up to you as she follows and imitates you. Likewise, you seem to be enjoying her company more and more, making her laugh, making sure she doesn't get hurt, and dancing around in circles with her in the living room. You're going to be a good big sister for sure!

Well, mommy's going to go rest. Love you!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

We are the champions

Dear Maya,

After last week's post, mommy pulled out our 'sleep bible' and read up on ways to keep you from making multiple trips to the bathroom each night. It worked very quickly, but you are still singing loudly to yourself as I type this, over an hour after we put you in bed. Still that's totally acceptable compared to last week!

Just because we got your bedtime habits back into shape doesn't mean our days are going smoothly, though. You've been very demanding, hyper, noisy, and did I say demanding yet? The beginning of this week was really hot and mommy was struggling with a lack of sleep, swollen and sore hands and joints, and trying to keep us both from getting overheated. Today totally made up for it all, though. Out of the blue you said, "Mama, you are my best friend!" and right then and there I turned to a ball of mush!

Updates on what you love lately: You're still obsessed with your sandbox and Aunt Sue Sue gave you lots of new sand toys and an adorable pair of sunglasses. You also like playing with water and running around playing 'soccer' in the backyard. Your drawings are getting more and more beautiful every day and we only have a handful of letters in the alphabet left for you to learn to write. Oh, and music? We caught you singing "We Are the Champions" in the car the other day, but most often you're busy making up songs. Too cute!

Well, mommy needs her rest! Love you!