For Christmas Rick had our home videos converted onto DVD's. It's been so fun to watch and remember. It's also a good reminder of how very different a first child is treated. Any little thing Abbie ever did was captured on film. She knew everything we could possibly teach her and we took such great joy in all of it. My blog 9 years ago would have been filled with her everyday achievements.
Four kids later and things have changed. We hardly ever remember to take out the video camera and there are only half the pictures there were before. Poor Holly. Her milestones creep up on us so quickly where as with Abbie we anxiously waited for her to do the next thing. Holly's lucky to get one or two Christmas/Birthday presents and rarely gets a new outfit bought just for her. And I used up too many hours of reading to kids when Abbie and Connor were little. Holly has to beg to get her turn now.
But there is one thing that hasn't changed and never will. I love my little Holly just as much and can't imagine life without her. It amazes me that each child can bring me so much joy and love. Each in their own unique way.
Today I took Holly to a well-child checkup. Of course I was a few months off and the only reason I really took her in was to get advice for her awful rash on her face and to get caught up on her vaccines. But I loved those few precious moments just with her. I loved hearing her chatting, in her own cute way, with the Doctor. I loved watching her empty and fill the drawer of books as we waited. I loved hearing that she, like all of my children always are, is in the 90th percentile of weight and head circumference. And I was surprised that after all the times my kiddos have had shots, I still found myself holding back the tears.
So here's to you Holly. Thanks for letting me relive all those things I cherish about raising a toddler.I'm awful at documenting "firsts", especially now. But this is one first that needed to be published. Holly has been trying to jump ever since Sage learned how. She would always bend down real good and then stand up super fast. That sufficed. But now she's got it down and she loves it. As do I!
And even though this is supposed to be a "Holly" post, the reality of it is, she shares the stage with three other kids and a very busy mommy. So a quick recap of January:
The week of parties turned into a month of parties. We were lucky enough to have my brother Mark come stay with us for the weekend. He kept us up real late playing games. We loved having him here! We also celebrated Steph and Heather's birthdays with lots of fun parties. And Rick and I even got a weekend away. We went both downhill and cross country skiing. Thanks to Heather for being the world's best baby sitter. Now I'm looking forward to a party free weekend so we can get some much needed yard work done (hint hint).One last video. While Emily was very patiently waiting for Heather to come for her birthday party, she sat looking out the window for more than 30 minutes, singing songs about birthdays, Heavenly Father, eating, purple shirts, and appearing on computers. Enjoy!