Monthly Archives: April 2012

Yoshi Today

Dear Yoshi,

I wrote this a couple months ago–before your sister was born.

In a couple weeks, you will be getting a new little sister, and you will no longer be my only baby. I want to capture this moment in time and preserve it. This is a portrait you today.

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When I am out with you, the most likely comments that I hear about you are “she’s quite a character!” “she talks really well!” and “she’s tall.” You talk a lot. Your language developed earlier than what the “milestones” websites say. I logged your first 105 words. Your first word, besides Mama, was “Dance” which was more like “deeeee!”. That was 5-31-2010 at 9.5 months old. Your 100th word was “Bounce” on 3-6-2011 when you were 20 months old. Now, you narrate our lives for us with minute-by-minute play-by-plays. You are constantly asking questions like “Where did daddy go? What was that noise? What’s mommy doing?” Constantly. Right now, you are running circles around the coffee table. As you are running, you are saying “I’m running around!” “I’m running faster!” “I’m a kitty (kiki)! Meow!” “I’m doing kitty sound!”

Speaking of kitties, kitties are your favorite thing in this world. We don’t have cats but that doesn’t stop your love. You have multiple stuffed cats, cat books, littlest pet shop cats, valentines cards with cats, and more. Your two hands also become pretend cute baby kitties. Shadows on the wall become kitties. Chips and pieces of bread become kitties with a bite.

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You have a great imagination. One of your favorite toys is a drumstick from your music set. It becomes many things throughout your play. It has been ice cream, diaper cream, microphone, shampoo, straw, sucker, and more.

You are very observant and notice everything. Even as a baby, we could see how thoughtful and observant you were. That has always been your papa’s favorite thing about you. If we make a small change in anything, you notice and comment. You see things I don’t notice. You also have a great memory about these details. You tell me about events, colors, phrases from weeks or months ago.

Along with noticing differences, you also like things to be a certain way. If a toy usually goes in one toy box, you refuse to put it in a different one. If my glasses are off or my hair is different, you demand I put my glasses on or change my hair. Each night, we must follow the same routine. You must sit in a certain place, and before we can start reading books before bed, you must go get your paci, your drink, your blanket, and your babies (usually you stuffed kitty–Marie from Aristocats). You must first tell us that you are going to get those items too..listing them matter of factly, like we didn’t know that you needed to get those things.

You are very sensitive, kind, and polite. You always say please, thank you, excuse me, sorry, and bless you. You ask permission before doing ANYTHING! You take things very personally and don’t understand if another kid is mean or aggressive with you. You don’t have a mean bone in your body.

You are such a beautiful and joyful girl. You are the light of my life, and I can’t wait to see how you change and grow as our family does.

Love,
Mommy

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Dear Zuzu,

Tomorrow you will be 7 weeks old. You were born on March 11, 2012 at 2:06pm at Richardson Methodist hospital. You were 10 pounds 1 ounce and 21″ long. I was in early labor for 48 hours before we went to the hospital. When we got to the hospital around 6am, I was 7cm dilated. I ended up having a c-section 8 hours later because I never progressed past 7. It was a hard pregnancy filled with a lot of pain, but it was all worth it because you are precious.

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As I type this with my thumbs on my phone, you are sleeping on my chest. That is your favorite place to be. As much as I wish I could reach my coffee cup or get something to eat, it’s my favorite place for you to be too. I know this part of your life will be so short, so I am trying to cherish every minute.

You are a bit of a mystery to your dad and I right now. Your signals are a bit hard to read and understand. We are slowly figuring you out as your personality comes in.
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You smile really easily. Your sister didn’t smile until she was about 6 weeks old. You started smiling between 3 and 4 weeks! Last night, I was feeding you in the middle of the night on the bed. I looked down, and you were straining to look at your snoring dad with a huge smile on your face. It was too precious.

We are breastfeeding, and it has been a hard fought and won battle. We struggled at the beginning with you not gaining enough weight, nipple confusion, and more. But, we are finally at a great place. You haven’t had a bottle in a week or two, and you are gaining weight. I’m proud of the hard work we put in. It was worth it!

You love to be in motion and upright. You love the swing at night and riding in the moby wrap on me during the day. You like to be held most of the time. You are more fussy than your sister was as a baby. You sleep well. Last night, you slept from 10pm to 6am and then from 7am to 10:30am.

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You think your big sister is pretty awesome. You give her big smiles and love to look at her when she is nearby. She is on the fence about you. At first she was indifferent to you, but now she thinks you are funny. She especially likes to watch you squirm. Last night, she was pretending to be you by squirming around and eating her hand. It was hilarious.

We are so happy that you are here in our family, and we cannot wait to discover the person you will become!

Love,
Mommy

About the Blog

Hello! These are the letters written to my two daughters. I hope to capture their lives and share their stories to help me remember and show them who they were when they were little.

About me:
I am a work from home mom. I work part-time as an online art teacher of high school students. I am a former elementary art teacher, college art appreciation instructor, and museum educator. I am married to a science nerd husband who is awesome.

My Babies:
I have 1 lovely 2 year old girl, who I will call Yoshi on this site. She loves kitties and calls them “kikis”. I think newborns resemble baby dinosaurs, so we called her Yoshi when she was a baby.

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I have a baby girl born in March. She will be Zuzu on this site. 🙂 That’s a dragon-like creature taken from the Leela’s Teenage Mutant Leela’s Hurdles episode of Futurama which is one of my favorites.

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