Mommy Letters | To two year old Peyton

PEYTON,

This isn’t so much a letter as it is a list of things I love about you and don’t want to forget about at this age.  You are a very special girl and I love you very much!

  • You love reading books, walking, the blue slides at the park, Super Why on PBS, blueberries, bike rides, singing EIEIO, riding in the stroller, and ice cream.

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Mommy Letters | To Peyton

Dear Peyton,

You are growing into such a big girl!  And there are so many things about this time, this age, that I don’t want to forget.  I want to remember how smart and brave you are.  I want to remember how funny and loud you are.  I want to remember how you want Mama and Dada to comfort you when you’re hurt and that you love giving kisses, hugs and taking family selfies.

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I want to remember

It’s occurred to me lately that maybe the smallest life moments are the ones I want to preserve the most.  Because down the road, I’ll probably remember the big life moments! it’ll be easier to recall the larger, more spectacular things.  And I’ve already captured those moments with the camera and shared those times on the blog.  Of course I will have my camera with me for capturing all of the big, fun, spectacular things!  But it’s so easy to forget the everyday things, because they seem so normal and routine…

but it all changes so quickly!

We’ve had a rough week, our little family, and sleep has been hard to come by.  Last week I was down for the 24-hour count.   Thankfully it was only 24 hours.  And Forest (what a guy, that one) he’s seriously the best!  He was able to stay home to take care of me + Peyton (he didn’t want to drive her all the way to daycare so everyone stayed home with sick mommy!)  And while I felt terrible, I got to enjoy baby cuddles while we napped – the best way to spend any day!

I had 2 vacation days that followed my sick-day and they were the best!  Getting to spend all of my time with my baby girl!  I was able to have dinner on the table and clean the house and have a play date (Peyton got to enjoy the swings for the first time!) and it was the most perfect two days followed by an equally perfect weekend of a Lowe’s trip and baby nap-cuddles and church and the beach!

And then Monday morning hit and we were back at the grind.  But then Monday afternoon hit and daycare called to say that Peyton had a fever and my heart sank.  She has an ear infection and hasn’t slept well the past couple days.  She wants to be held and her fever has been so high and I’ve spent countless hours praying that her fever would break and her infection would be healed.  We did a 2 am bath in the middle of the night to help cool her down.  Peyton ended up sleeping in bed with me and Forest slept on the couch (with Indie).  Very little sleep, very heavy heart, so much guilt for being at work (hello year-end!!) when I’d much rather be cuddling her until she’s feeling better.  But Forest (again, that guy is something else) was able to work from one day and he told me all was well.

And trying to juggle taking care of Peyton and ourselves with working has not been easy.  Not at all.  I’m not complaining because we figured it out.  We (thankfully!) have bosses that understand having a baby and we can both work from home if we need to but I will forever and always give props to all the working parents out there.  It’s tough and exhausting and thank goodness we get the weekends to sleep in and recuperate!

This last week has been tough, yes (and Peyton still isn’t 100% herself. She doesn’t have her normal appetite back and she’s not sleeping through the night yet. I hope those things will return to normal soon, I just hate seeing my baby hurting!) BUT I am so thankful that we have them.  That we have Peyton!  That we have each other to lean on encourage and cuddle!  And!  Despite the sickness and not feeling well, Peyton still manages to laugh for no reason, plays her new favorite game of “Where’s Indie?!” as she peers over the back of the couch, races around the kitchen in the walker (pulling open drawers and chasing Indie as she goes), and gives us all the kisses!

Sour, sweet, sour, sweet.  That’s been our week but hopefully the really sour stuff is behind us for awhile because this little family is ready to stay healthy for maaaaaaany weeks!

Until next time — Cindy

I want to remember

It’s occurred to me lately that maybe the smallest life moments are the ones I want to preserve the most.  Because down the road, I’ll probably remember the big life moments! it’ll be easier to recall the larger, more spectacular things.  And I’ve already captured those moments with the camera and shared those times on the blog.  Of course I will have my camera with me for capturing all of the big, fun, spectacular things!  But it’s so easy to forget the everyday things, because they seem so normal and routine…

but it all changes so quickly!

Dear Peyton,

This week has been a memorable one!  Grampa & Gramma S are here visiting  but that’s not the only reason it’s so memorable.  You have been teething and it hasn’t been easy.  You’re poor little body is having a rough time cutting those top teeth.  You’ve experienced everything from getting sick multiple times a day to not being able to get comfortable and sleep through the night.  Me and Gramma took you to the doctor on Monday (we saw Dr. Ruda for the first time – he seems really nice and I’m so glad we found a good pediatricians office with so many good doctors) and after we left I text Dada ‘diagnosis: teething.’  We were worried it was a bug except that you have been your normal, happy self during the day.  I can’t wait for these teeth to cut through because Mama hates seeing you uncomfortable!

It’s so much fun watching you scoot across the floor.  You aren’t very fast but if we turn away for just a second it seems like you’ve scooted half-way across the room!  You still don’t seem interested in crawling yet – I’m blaming our hardwood/tile floors but I know you’ll figure it out.

You might only be 9 months old but when it’s time to pray we have to be quiet… shh… (you always seem to talk more when it’s time to pray and it is completely adorable.  We’ll work on being quiet soon!)

 

 

 

Dear Forest,

Thank you for your patience in the middle of the night when I’ve tried everything I can think of to help Peyton and I just can’t figure it out.  You are super-dada and I want you to know that I appreciate you.

You made a ‘resolution’ at the beginning of the year to stay away from sweets and I admire you so much for sticking to it.  I fluctuate between being really helpful and being the one to tempt you but you’ve been so good about it.

Good luck on your March Madness bracket this year!  (I’m sure that I’ll win (for the third year in a row!!) but I figured I could at least be polite!)

 

 

Dear Indie,

Please stop stepping on my feet.  They are mine.  You have your own.  I will gladly let you walk beside, behind or in front of me but not ON me.

Thank you for being  the best snuggle-puppy in the world.

It cracks me up that you insist on sitting BETWEEN me and dad on the couch.  You could have an entire cushion to yourself but you choose the spot right in the middle of us.

I worry about your back legs, girlfriend.  If we spend a day playing hard outside you usually limp all evening.  We know the only solution is for you to have surgery so we try our best to take it easy but you’re still a pup!  And you’re so fun to chase around the yard!

Please be patient as I try to train you.  I have high hopes of getting you to stop jumping up on people but I know it’s going to take some time and patience on your end, on my end, and on Dad’s end.  We got this!

around the house – February edition

Happy Monday!  And happy leap day!  I hope you’re enjoying the extra day we get this year!

Just a glimpse around (a portion of) our house in February 2016:

Valentine's Day craft

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^our new canvas that hides our alarm panel

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^a close up of the hinges – this was such a simple DIY!

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^playtime on hardwood floors = pillows & blankets everywhere

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^baby toys in the most random spots

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^101 Dalmatians

Until next time – Cindy

*All images are original to A View from the Shore

I want to remember

It’s occurred to me lately that maybe the smallest life moments are the ones I want to preserve the most.  Because down the road, I’ll probably remember the big life moments! it’ll be easier to recall the larger, more spectacular things.  And I’ve already captured those moments with the camera and shared those times on the blog.  Of course I will have my camera with me for capturing all of the big, fun, spectacular things!  But it’s so easy to forget the everyday things, because they seem so normal and routine…

but it all changes so quickly!

Dear Forest,

As we’re getting closer to the end of the year, I wanted to write down a few things that I want to remember about this time in our lives.

I want to remember…

You saying “good morning baby!” to Peyton as me and her descend on your sleep at 6:30 most mornings.

Peyton’s huge, whole-face smile when you get her out of the car seat in the evenings.

Tag-teaming in the middle of the night because the baby is teething.

You changing Peyton out of her PJ’s in the morning.  And then changing her outfit when she has a blow-out or a massive spit-up incident.

How you always choose ‘One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish’ when you read to Peyton in the evenings.

The first time you wore Peyton in the carrier as I scampered across the roof hanging Christmas lights.

And how you laughed at me when I cautiously climbed the ladder to the highest parts of the house.

How you make me make decisions.  Like if I want to get the small JOY sign or the big JOY sign for the front yard.  And what color sharpie paint pens I should buy.

That you’re ok with a date night of untangling Christmas lights by the fireplace after the baby goes to bed.  And that you’ll make cookies and pour milk for us to enjoy on our date.

That you’re tired of picking up pillow stuffing every day.  Indie will learn.  Just be patient.

That you plan ahead better than me.  Like realizing we’ll have a lot to pack when we head back to IN after Christmas and that we can just ask my parents or Leon & Shelby to borrow a stroller instead of lugging our big one that will take up 90% of our cargo space.

And that you’ve been ON TOP OF IT with Christmas shopping this year!

That we agree that less is more when it comes to gifts for Peyton.  Quality > Quantity.

But that you’re all about the DIY gifts for her (and Chansler) and you’ll help me in the process!

That you’ve finished another semester of classes and your thismuch closer to finishing your master’s degree!  You say you’re taking a really tough class next semester but I believe you’ll make it through.  [and I pray for you to have confidence, patience, and endurance.  I’m so proud of you!]

PAYING OFF MY STUDENT LOANS!  Yay us for doing that in just under 4 years!!  Good-bye, see-ya later, adios, and goodnight!

That your recliner cuddles with Indie have oftentimes turned into recliner cuddles with Peyton and Indie finds her way up there too.

Your leadership.  Not only with our family but in our home group as well.

Your humor.  Oh, you’re just the funniest there ever was and I love you so much for your constant entertainment.

That you make me cook dinner on the weekends because you cook dinner during the week.  Fair enough.  But you’re still a better cook than me.

That when we arrive at whatever destination we’re going to and hop out of the car, we both know what the other is doing.  You always grab Peyton in the car seat and I always grab the stroller.

That you’ve been sick more than me this fall.  I blame the kids at daycare!  I’ll keep reminding you to take medicine but please, oh please don’t give me those germs.

I love you so much, my dear husband.  So much is changing and we don’t even realize it.  We’re experiencing life, we’re raising a family, we’re doing life and you are the perfect guy to have by my side.

Until next time — Cindy

 

 

I want to remember

It’s occurred to me lately that maybe the smallest life moments are the ones I want to preserve the most.  Because down the road, I’ll probably remember the big life moments! it’ll be easier to recall the larger, more spectacular things.  And I’ve already captured those moments with the camera and shared those times on the blog.  Of course I will have my camera with me for capturing all of the big, fun, spectacular things!  But it’s so easy to forget the everyday things, because they seem so normal and routine…

but it all changes so quickly!

I see how much it’s changing every day!  So here is a list of a few things I want to remember about this time in your little six-month-old life.

Dear Peyton,

I can’t believe you’re half way to 1-year-old already, baby girl!

 

I want to remember….

Your huge, whole-face smile that you give me and daddy.  Well, anyone really.  If someone is talking to you directly, you have a huge grin on your face.  I like to think you save the biggest smiles for daddy and me though.

How much you’ve developed recently.  Within a matter of weeks you’ve gotten 2 teeth, started sitting up on your own, enjoy eating cereal in the mornings, and you not only reach for toys in front of you but you play with them, too.

That you l.o.v.e. to bang your toys around.  The rattle, the teething rings, the pacifiers all get banged around.  It’s music to our ears!

Your cuddles.  Even though you’re more independent now that you can sit on your own, you still like to be held.  I think it’s because you can see more when someone is holding you and you sure are an observer.  But sometimes when you’re sleepy you like to snuggle on our shoulders – not as much as when you were younger but every once in a while.

That you seem to be enjoying day care.  Mommy was worried you wouldn’t or that you’d cry a lot because the teachers had other kids to take care of.  But every day that I visit during lunch and every evening that I pick you up the teachers always tell me how much you enjoyed your day.  You love sitting at the table so you can see everything and play with toys.  You finally seem to be taking at least one long nap during the day now.  But you sure do like catching up on your sleep on the weekends.

That you still haven’t rolled over!  The dr said at your 4 month appointment that some kids are sitting on their own before they roll over and I guess that’s you, little one.  You do really well during tummy time, you push up on your arms and look around but you don’t seem interested in trying to roll.  I know it will happen one day and everything will change so I’m trying not to rush you.

Your laugh.  Oh, your sweet baby giggles just melt my heart, Peyton.  The smallest things will send you into a fit of giggles.  Like last night, daddy was making a monkey toy dance on the kitchen table and you thought it was just the funniest thing.  And a little bit later, you were sitting in the rocking chair in the nursery while mommy put your clothes away, daddy got you laughing again just by sticking his tongue out at you from the doorway.

That you’re able to eat your toes!  You’ve been trying to get them to your mouth for a couple weeks and they finally made it.

How loved you are.  Your grandparents, aunts, uncle, and cousin all adore you.  And you’re going to meet so many extended relatives really soon!  You’re going to knock their socks off with your charm and that mega-watt smile, baby!  Especially your great-grandparents, I think they’re going to be smitten with you.

How much you talk to daddy in the mornings while he gets you dressed for the day.

That you’re teething so much.  It hurts me to know that you’re hurting so I’ll just cuddle you close, put some baby oragel on those little gums of yours, and tell you everything will be alright.

Our weekend morning naps in mommy and daddy’s bed!  After you nurse at 6 we head into mommy & daddy’s room where daddy is still sleeping and Indie is snoozing curled at the end of the bed and you and me crawl under the covers with a couple toys to keep you occupied until you get to a point where you’re sleepy and you cuddle whatever soft thing we have nearby (blankie or stuffed animal) and you close those little eyes and mommy watches as you drift to sleep, snuggled right up next to me, sharing mommy’s pillow.

How much you love to touch.  Everything.  Especially our faces recently.  It’s so cute watching your little arms stretch out and your fingers reaching for our faces.  You especially like touching mommy’s face while you nurse in the evenings.

Looking you in the eyes every night and telling you how much I love you.  It’s true, baby girl.  Mommy loves you a whole-stinkin’-lot.

You’re going to continue growing and some of these things won’t change but some of them will.  So now I’ll have this little list to remind me of these precious, 6-month-old days with you.

So now that mommy is all emotional and crying, I’m going to end this post by saying: even though you might not understand yet what we say when we tell you “I love you” I hope you can feel our love.  I hope you know just how much you mean to us, baby girl.

And a few pictures because… well, mommy loves pictures!

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