Dear Scarlett, at 15 months



My sweet, sweet Letti Lou:

I hate to admit it but your first birthday post completely escaped me so unfortunately, this will have to serve as a combined 12 and 15 month letter to you. While my writing has been few and far between these past few months, your first birthday celebration was nothing short of fabulous! We showered you with love and as a friend of mine put it, we hosted a small wedding at our house in your honor. We had over 20 children under five making mayhem in our backyard and everyone left the party smiling ear to ear and exhausted from a day of fun.

Your development has skyrocketed since I last wrote. You went from walking at 11 months to literally running behind your sister nowadays. You have been steady on your feet for quite some time and love to dance, climb, run, and maneuver your little body into all sorts of strange places. You are a physical girl and nothing can hold you back if you are determined to get from point A to point B.

You are also very verbal. Your vocabulary is pretty robust for your age and some of your favorite words are Nana and Lola. Of course, you rattle off Mama and Dada constantly and can say the names of all your grandparents as well as Ball, Book, Baby, Hi, Bye, Up, and a few other choice selections. Your sign language really took off at around 13 months and you still love to sign for More, Please, Milk, Help, and Bed. Baby sign language has been such a blessing with both you and your sister and I swear, it’s allowed us to communicate with you guys way before you were really verbal.

You are an awesome sleeper although it did take a couple of weeks of growing pains for us both. I cut out the nighttime nursing sessions at 12 months and to say you protested the first few nights would be an understatement. You were pissed! But, you got through it and as soon as reality set in, you started sleeping through the night and haven’t stopped since. You like to go to bed way earlier than your big sis ever did so we literally have time to get home, throw food in your mouth and get you ready for bed before you start getting cranky. You get between 11-12 hours of sleep a night which is great. You’re still a cat napper and rarely nap for longer than 45 minutes to an hour but Savannah was the same way so we’ve adjusted accordingly.

Speaking of nursing, I stopped pumping at a year as well and continued to nurse you on demand when I was with you but otherwise you went straight from the boob/bottle to open cups of whole milk. In January, I transitioned you to just two nursing sessions a day – morning and night – and then cut you back to just one. I still nurse you right before bedtime although they’re very short sessions and I think we’re both continuing for comfort more than anything else at this point.

It’s hard to believe I breastfed for going on 2 ½ years between you and Savs and the thought of never doing it again is bittersweet. It is nice to have my body back to myself though and I was getting really sick of wearing nursing friendly clothes all the time! And don’t even get me started on the breast pump! Still, breastfeeding was one of my greatest joys of motherhood to date and a complete surprise since I wasn’t even sure I’d do it when I was pregnant the first time let alone love it!

Your little personality has really flourished these past few months and we’ve started to see some of the true differences between you and your sister. You are funny – like balls to the wall, test the limits, goofy funny. You love to be LOUD, you love all eyes on you, and you are a determined little bird. Like your sister though, you are a snuggle bug and an amazing eater. There are few things you reject and we joke with your teachers that you could have a mouth full of food and two handfuls ready to go and you’re still signing for “more.” Funny enough, you are more petite than Savs ever was hovering in the middle of the scale on weight and length. I don’t know where all the food goes except you also have about 6 BMs a day so I guess it goes straight through you!

Since we put the tubes in last summer, your hearing has been perfect. Knock on wood but we haven’t had any ear infections since and they don’t seem to bother you one bit.

You are officially a world traveler – we went on our first official “family vacation” to Costa Rica in January. You did a great job flying although keeping you busy, still, and quiet for 5 hours straight was exhausting. Once there, you had a ball! You pretty much ate your weight in sand and loved spending every day at the beach and every evening in the pool. I think most of all, you loved having all of us around 24/7 and we enjoyed the chance to see you and your sister explore a new environment together. We’re already starting to plan our next adventure and can’t wait for many more opportunities to share this beautiful world with you girls.

Everyone says you are your father’s mini-me and you really are. You still look so much like Savs did at your age but your eyes are different – you have his and Savs has mine. You both have combined personality traits and embody some of our best (and worst) features but that’s how it goes. I see a lot of your Dada when I look at you and it makes me smile every time.

We still call you Belly Baby or BB most of the time. I’m sorry but I think you’re going to have a hard time kicking that nickname. If you get older and really protest we’ll try to cut it but I hope you always know, it was established in love and it fits you, my sweet girl. You will always be the baby in our family and every time I hear Belly Baby I flash back to the nine months of wonderment as we imagined if God would bless us with a boy or girl to complete our family.

You are obsessed with your big sister. You follow her around like a puppy dog and imitate everything she does. At best, she adores you right back and at worst, she tolerates you. We’ve yet to uncover any true sibling rivalry but we’re preparing ourselves for the coming years.

You are also a daddy’s girl and often times reach for him first when you need comfort. I think it surprises your dad sometimes because for the most part, your sister has always relied on me in times of need. I swear, sometimes I see his chest puff up with pride as he takes you out of my arms though and I think it must feel really good to him to be your #1 right now.

Scarlett, you make me happy. Like head in the clouds, love beyond words, smile ear to ear, happy. You have a laugh that is deep and guttural and it is infectious. You have a strong will and a kind heart. You love to blow kisses and love on those you know best. You are also a tough nut to crack and don’t warm up to people instantly but that’s okay, I don’t either. I’ve just learned to fake it well! I think you will be very disarming while also maintaining an air of mystery about you. I suspect you will make those who love you work for your affection but once it’s received you give without abandon or hesitation. You will change the world, my girl, and I just can’t wait to see how.

15 Months at a Glance

Weight – 21.75 – 58th percentile

Length – 30.5 inches – 48th percentile

Cool things you’re doing: You are a full blown toddler. You love to shake your booty and dance and love to perform the minute we start singing, “Go Scarlett, it’s your birthday…” You love to run and play hide and seek and enjoy the challenge of finding hidden objects. You eat with a spoon and drink from an open cup. You also clear your own plate which is both incredibly convenient and hilarious.

Likes: Your family, your sister, Lola, exploring the world through touch, hearing your own voice, getting dirty, and unfortunately, you LOVE pooping in the bathtub!

Dislikes: Strangers. You have serious stranger danger. You also get very upset when we take your food away before you finish eating or when we’re delayed in feeding you.

Nicknames: Belly Baby! Letti Lou, BB, Scarletto, Monk

Loving you always, my sweet girl.

Love, your mama




Dear Scarlett…at 11 months


Dear my nearly 1-year-old:

I’m starting to get a little choked up at the thought of your first birthday next month. This year has flown by faster than any other in my life. It’s hard to believe only a year ago we were waiting patiently for your arrival and now you’re about to walk straight into toddlerhood!

Yes, I said walk.

You took your first steps this month. Two little tiny ones that surprised us so much. We just assumed you’d walk sometime after your first birthday like your big sis. Silly us, we should’ve known that like everything else, you had your own timeline in mind. You still aren’t cruising full speed but you love to pop up, take a couple of steps and collapse on your butt in a fit of giggles.

You are also babbling more and more and actually said your first words. You now say “ball” in reference to your favorite toys and the other day in the bathtub you said “mama.” You were upset and trying to get out and you stood up, reached for me and bellowed “mama, mama” at the top of your lungs. For some reason, this caught me in the soft spot of my heart because I teared up a little at the sound of your voice. I just assumed that, like your sis, your first word would be “dada.”

Again, with those assumptions. When will I learn!?

You no longer drink from a bottle at all. You’ve been weaning off the bottle for some time so we finally bit the bullet and moved you over to a sippy cup at school which is working out much better. I’m still pumping at work but plan to stop at your birthday when we introduce cow’s milk. I’ll still nurse you for a few more months when we’re together but I’m definitely ready to get rid of my breast pump forever! And I think you’re ready to try regular milk. You’ve always preferred breastmilk straight from the source and getting you to drink it at school has been an ongoing challenge.

This month has been filled with all sorts of fun. You are so interactive now and definitely filled with personality. You love to steal your sister’s toys and food and she’s constantly panicking because you’ve tipped over her milk or stolen her marker from right under her nose.

You are a rascal, that’s for sure.

You love to eat at Savannah’s table with her so we rarely use the highchair anymore. To that I say, “Good riddance!” – cleaning those things are a pain in the butt! We’ve started locking Lola in the office during mealtimes though because you are terrible about sharing your food with her. You insist on finger foods now and rarely allow us to feed you. We’re officially at the stage where mealtimes are messy no matter what we serve you. I swear you even manage to make a disaster area out of cut up pieces of apple. But you have a ball doing it which is all that matters, I suppose.

You are eating nearly everything except eggs, milk, sugar, nuts, and citrus foods. We’ll start introducing those this month so by your birthday, you’ll be able to really start eating with the rest of us. Savs hates that she can’t share her berries with you and constantly wonders why you can’t have some of her special milk. I just want to get past the stage of worrying about food allergies so fingers crossed all goes well with these new additions.

You are really coming into your own at school. You’ve partnered up with Chloe which is pretty cute considering your big sis and her big brother have been best friends since they were babies too. Like them, you two fight and love each other like siblings. I actually watched as you nudged your way onto the seat she was occupying the other day. She worked to get you to move but you’re a stubborn one and refused to budge. Finally, she just gave up and sat on top of you. Oddly enough, you were both totally content with the resolution. Like Savs and Jacob, you guys will find your groove in time and I know you are going end up best of friends.

You are quite the independent sleeper. Although I enjoy having my personal space again at night it makes me a little sad that you prefer your crib to our bed. Don’t get me wrong, you would stay in our bed all night if I let you. It’s just that when you’re in there you refuse to sleep. You play, wiggle, stand, nurse nonstop, climb on us, punch your father in the nose, giggle, etc. Pretty much anything but sleep soundly.

You still wake throughout the night and most of the time I go in and nurse you for a few minutes and then you go back to sleep in your crib. It’s like you just want a little top off or a snuggle; both of which I can appreciate. Sometimes it gets a little crazy though and you get up every couple of hours like a newborn. Those are the times I let you cry for a bit until you settle yourself down. Right now, I want you to take as much breastmilk as possible so I’m embracing the night feedings but pretty soon little one, I’ll be cutting you off!

You love to dance. Your teachers told me that you hold on to the wall at school and shake your little booty while they sing, “Go Scarlett, Go Scarlett, Go!” After they elaborated a little further I realized that you have become a master twerker. I’m not too sure how excited we are by that news but we do love that since your surgery you are hearing and enjoying music so much.

We dedicated you at church this month and although it wasn’t the private baptism ceremony your sister had, it meant so much to me. For the first time in my adult life, I’ve found a church I feel at home at and I’ve loved seeing how your father and sister have embraced it as well. We shared the morning with just our immediate family and your Gods, of course, and it was the perfect celebration. Even your grammy and bampa came to town for the occasion.

We chose life verses for you and your sister.

For Savannah, we selected Proverbs 31:25:

She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.

And yours is Joshua 1:9:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

That’s you, my girl. Strong, courageous, fearless, and inspired.

You are going to do incredible things with this life. You are going to live it to the fullest. I see that sparkle and yearn for adventure in your little eyes every time I look at you. I pray you always know that God will follow you through your journeys encouraging you and holding you up when the weight of the world gets too heavy for you to bear.

And we’ll be there too. Cheering you on. Lifting you up. And celebrating you for all that you are and all that you will become.

I adore you, my love.

Your mama

11 Months at a Glance

Weight: 20 lbs – 70th percentile

Length: 27.5 inches – 32nd percentile

Cool things You’re Doing: You took your first steps. And you say “mama” and “ball.” You can drink out of an open cup and use a spoon – although you do both clumsily of course. You’ve weaned of the bottle and now drink exclusively from a sippy cup (or open cup depending on how daring we are). You dance and babble and are turning into a toddler before our very eyes.

Likes: You love balls, toys, markers, unpacking and packing purses, containers, or drawers. You love to snuggle and nurse. You find great pleasure in following your sister around and sharing everything with her even when she’s not in the mood.

Dislikes: You dislike getting into your car seat and you hate sitting still for diaper changes.

Nicknames: Scarletto Barbaretto, Letti, Letti Spaghetti, Happy, Monkey, Monk, Monkey Brains, Sissy, and of course, Belly Baby





Dear Scarlett, at 10 months!


My sweet Scarlett:

You are 10 months old and just the idea of your first birthday makes me break out in a cold sweat and not because I dread the work involved in planning a party. I just can’t believe my last baby is turning into a toddler right before my eyes. These past 10 months with you have been the best of my life and you really have completed our family in a way we never knew we needed.

This was a really big month in your little life. In fact, possibly the biggest one yet. You had your first surgery a couple of weeks ago and you were a trooper. We, on the other hand, were nervous wrecks.

After three ear infections in your short life, your doctor recommended we consult with an ENT about inserting tubes in your ears. Sure enough, one look in those little ears of yours combined with a nearly fail on your auditory test and it was determined that you definitely needed tubes. We booked the surgery for three days later without hesitation. We hated the idea of putting you under anesthesia but the fear of permanent damage to your eardrum was just too much. Not to mention the fact that you’ve been living in so much pain all this time.

All in all, the surgery lasted all of 8 minutes. You came out of recovery fine we were on our way home in short order. The hardest part was changing you into a baby hospital gown and watching as the anesthesiologist took you out of arms. Uh…I pray we never have to live through anything like that again with either of you girls.

Since the surgery, you’ve been doing great. We’re suddenly realizing you probably haven’t been hearing well for months which is why you were slow to babble. Since then, you’ve been talking up a storm!

Despite any pain you were in, you’ve remained our happy girl. You love to smile and laugh, especially at your sister. She just cracks you up when she talks to you in her secret language or plays peek a boo with you. There’s no doubt you two will be best friends in no time but the love/hate relationship that only sisters have is starting to rear its ugly head.

You drive her crazy sometimes!

You steal her food, take her toys, rip the pages from her books, make noise when she’s watching her shows….the list goes on and on. She even accused you of pushing her off the bed and giving her a black eye the other day. Who knew you had super strength!?

But, despite it all, she adores you like no other. She loves to kiss you, hug you, bathe you, and teach you new things. You guys are pretty damn cute together and nothing brings a smile to our faces more than watching you interact.

You are a mover and shaker and I’m pretty sure you can crawl faster than I can run. You love to explore new spaces and have a way of finding even the smallest crumb on the floor and sticking it in your mouth. You are more adventurous than you sister who was a fairly cautious baby and we’ve realized we have to step up our babyproofing game with you! I think you’ll be walking soon but I’m in no rush to see you make that leap. But, that’s just me being a selfish mommy who wants to hold onto her baby for as long as possible.

You continue to love school and you’re starting to really bond with some of the other babies. Your best friends to date are Chloe of course but also Declan and Ahana. There’s a new, younger baby in your class and you love to kiss her and practice your “gentle touch” as you get to know her better.

You’ve been on a complete bottle strike for a while now and your poor teachers have been forced to get very creative in your breastmilk consumption. They mix it with your food, pour it over your snacks and dip your crackers just to get you to consume what I send each day. You still love to nurse like no other but have decided that bottles/sippy cups of milk are not going to cut it. I’m hopeful that we’ll get to 12 months before you wean during the day completely and intend to continue breastfeeding you to 15 months like I did with Savs – if you’ll let me. We’ll see how it goes.

Now that you can hear – seriously, thank God for the tubes! – we’ve discovered how much you love music, musical toys, and the sound of your own voice! While the additional commotion drives me to insanity at times I absolutely love seeing your speech develop and can’t wait to hear what your first “real” word is going to be!

You have been a teething machine. In fact, I’m pretty sure you popped your four top teeth in the matter of one weekend. Your tooth count is now at six and from the way you’ve been gnawing on your hands I expect a couple more to come through any day now.

You continue to be a complete and total lover and you enjoy nothing more than snuggling up with one of us. You rest your little head on our chests and your breath immediately deepens. You have one of the sweetest dispositions and I feel so blessed that – for the most part – you take it pretty easy on us.

Thank you for your giggles, your charm, and your playful disposition. We adore everything about you and despite the ache in my heart, I really am getting excited to celebrate sweet one-year-old you!


Your mama

10 Months at a Glance

Weight: 20 lbs – 70th percentile

Length: 27.5 inches – 32nd percentile

Cool things You’re Doing: You are standing on your own. You eat pretty much everything. You drink out of an open cup and straw cups and try to feed yourself with a spoon. You play peek a boo, clap for yourself, dance, laugh hysterically, and love to play ball. And you babble nonstop.

Likes: You’re all about the balls and love to play catch, pass balls back and forth or roll them around. You love Savannah and Lola and pester them both equally. You’re a snuggle bug and love to rest your head on our chest when we hold you. You’ve also been a daddy’s girl lately and no one quite compares to him in your eyes.

Dislikes: You hate taking bottles now and we’ve pretty much given up trying. Your separation anxiety is in full effect right now as well.

Nicknames: Scarletto Barbaretto, Letti, Letti Spaghetti, Happy, Monkey, Monk, Monkey Brains, Sissy, and of course, Belly Baby





Dear Scarlett…at 8 months!



Sweet, Sweet, Scarlett:

We call you HAPPY.

Because you are. Nearly all the time.

Except when you’re hungry or tired, of course. Or sick or teething. But come on…even the easiest of babies have their moments!

You are growing into such a fun little cherub and this month brought tons of new developments. In fact, over the course of one weekend you cut two teeth, started crawling and even began pulling yourself into a standing position. You were on the verge of it all for so long and it’s as if you just woke up one morning and said, “Today is the day!”

So now that you’re on the move I’m realizing that pretty much everything Savannah plays with is a death trap! It seems like all her toys are itty bitty which presents a whole new challenge because I can’t exactly get rid of her stuff. That kid has the memory of an elephant and will know if something goes astray. So far, we’ve been doing a lot of educating and explaining what and where she can play with certain things – i.e. legos must stay high up and out of reach! It’s working for now but we’re definitely going to have to come up with a more permanent solution.

You are also an independent bird and I can already see that you like exploring new things. With Savs, we barely baby-proofed the house. Sure, there was a gate at the top of the stairs but we only put child locks on the cabinet under the kitchen sink with the cleaning products. Otherwise, she had free reign to move about as she pleased. It just wasn’t her thing to stray far from us or to snoop around where she didn’t belong. You, on the other hand, seem to be much more curious and definitely more adventurous so we’ll have to step up our game now that you’re mobile.

You play by yourself better than I ever could’ve dreamed. In fact, as long as you have a variety of toys to keep you occupied, you sit on your mat while we work out every morning and barely make a peep. You do the same while we get ready in the bathroom. You crawl around, laugh at your sister and mess with Lola and it’s only right before we pack up to leave that you start to get antsy. You actually entertain yourself (and Savannah) so well that there are days where I think having the two of you is easier than it was just having Savs at your age.

And she was an amazing baby!

Your sleep is going pretty well despite a weekend in a different time zone and a month of conquering milestones. We’re now in a really nice routine where you go to bed in your crib unassisted every night around 8 and then come into our bed when you wake up – usually around midnight. We still get an evening to hang with your sis or do our own thing but we also get half the night to snuggle with you. So far, it’s working out like a dream and I hope this makes it for a fairly painless experience when we transition you into your own room full time.

You dove head first into solids and haven’t looked back since. In fact, I don’t think you’ve met a taste you haven’t liked yet! We haven’t noticed any allergic reactions to all these new flavors except a weird contact reaction to dairy which I’ll have to ask your doctor about next month. You started on finger foods now and are pretty much trying everything on the menu at school. We’re still nursing full time and I haven’t noticed any dip in my supply despite your hankering for solid food. I think cosleeping has a lot to do with it because while you are hit and miss with your bottles during the day you more than make up for it by nursing at night.

My goal is to nurse until you’re 15 months old which is the same length of time I went with your sister. It’ll get us through our trip to Costa Rica in January and give me enough time to wean you slowly. To be honest, while there are times I miss having my body all to myself and would really like to overindulge in caffeine or the occasional cocktail (or three), I absolutely love breastfeeding. I wouldn’t mind burning the breast pump of course, and might just do so when we’re all set and done. But the actual act of nursing you is such a gift and one that I do not take for granted!

You have two little teeth on the bottom and they are the cutest things I ever did see. Teething is always a bit of a drag but you’ve handled it like a champ so far and when you really seem to struggle we give you a dose of Camilia which seems to take the edge off. You love chewing on anything you can get your hands on and pretty much every toy goes straight into your mouth!

You and your big sis continue to adore each other. You light up when she walks in the room and the first person she greets in the morning is you – with a big hug and a kiss I might add. She’s taking such an active role in teaching you new things and does her best to encourage you along the way. In fact, I asked her to show you how to crawl one day a while back and next thing I knew she was declaring, “She just doesn’t get it!” as she was dragging you across the room by your arms. She forgets how much bigger than you she is sometimes and would literally, smother you with her love if we let her! I suppose it’s a pretty awesome problem to have so I’m not complaining one bit.

Now that you’ve taken such an interest in toys we’ve encountered the dreaded “sharing problem” which seems to happen with all siblings – or so I’ve heard. It’s actually strange and bizarre because Savannah has never been competitive or possessive with you but for some reason, she absolutely must have any toy you are playing with – even a silly rattle or teething ring. We’ve finally started threatening to take her toys away every time she takes one of yours which helps a little. Still, she always claims she’s “playing with you” as a way of justifying her actions. She’s a total stinker and for now you don’t seem to mind. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before you start fighting back and then we’re in trouble!

You still love school and seem to be building deeper and deeper bonds with your teachers and classmates. The ball pit remains your favorite spot in the room although I think it’s quickly being replaced with the dining room! Drop off and pick up have become such special traditions for us and I’m always excited to hear how your day went or what new obstacle you overcame while we were at work!

You’ve started taking baths with your sister which is the cutest thing in the world. She loves helping to bathe you and even shares her bath toys with you – most of the time! You are also a cuddle monster and your favorite place in nestled in our arms or right between us in bed. Don’t tell anyone but it’s my favorite place too!

8 Months at a Glance

Weight: 19 lbs 6 ozs – 75th percentile

Length – 28 1/4 inches – 90th percentile

Cool Things You’re Doing: You play really well independently but also love to interact with other children – especially your big sis. You crawl, stand, SLEEP, and babble. You’re just all around as awesome as it gets!

Likes: You love your toys and you love being outdoors. You’re starting to reach for mommy sometimes when other people hold you so I’m guessing that right now, you’re a mommy’s girl. You like to snuggle and knead your feet into our legs while you sleep.

Dislikes: You don’t like being hungry, wet or soiled. I mean, you are a baby after all! You hate getting into your car seat but once you’re there you’re usually content for the car ride. You don’t like when you’re left alone in a room and lately you’ve been quite the wiggle worm, getting irritated when we change your diaper or dress you.

Although it kills me that time is flying by so fast, we are having more and more fun with you with each passing day. You make us all so unbelievably happy and we constantly thank God for your incredible life!

Loving you always,

Your mama











Dear Scarlett, at 7 months



My dearest Belly Baby:

You turned 7 months old and I’m not sure where the time has gone. I still roll over in bed and expect to feel the weight of my nine month pregnant belly shift with me but instead I open my eyes and there you are, lying there next to me like an angel.

This month has been all about the milestones.

You’ve been sitting for a while now but somewhere along the way you completely mastered it. Now you only topple over when Savs or Lola rush by or knock you over (accidentally, of course). When that happens, you just laugh. In fact, you laugh over everything. You are the happiest, laughing baby I ever did see which is quite remarkable since your sister always seemed to have a smile on her face too.

You lean forward from a cross legged position so your belly is practically flat against the floor. You do this mainly when you’re trying to grab a toy that’s just out of reach but it’s the first step to crawling. Once you learn how to kick your legs back I think you’ll be in business. You also roll all over now and you’re getting much more tolerant of tummy time although it’s still not your favorite position.

You started eating solids! We held out until six months and you were chomping at that bit by the time we started. It took your body a little while to adjust to something other than breastmilk but we took it super slow and you don’t seem to have any allergies or intolerances yet. You love everything we’ve tried although it took you a couple of rounds with the peas before you’d commit. Now you just go to town!

You are a chatterbox and you sit and talk to anyone or anything that will listen for hours on end. Some of your most captive audience members are: the couch, your toys, Lola, Savs, and the pictures on the wall. It’ll be so much fun when you start really talking. I can’t wait to see how you and your sister communicate and I can already picture myself hiding outside the door and eavesdropping on your little conversations while you play.

You have settled into your routine at school and bonded well with your teachers. You’re no longer the new kid on the block – a baby just a couple of months younger than you started this week! You love your ball pit and your friends – especially the older toddler boys who love to give you kisses. You are an attention hound and I fear you are going to my trouble girl when it comes to dating!

We are in a pretty good sleep stage right now. You go to bed in your crib around 8:00 every night. Some nights are easier than others and I’d be lying if I said we didn’t still see some tears on a regular basis. But you sleep for a good 2-3 hours in there by yourself. Sound as a pound. This has freed me up to have a little time to do crazy things at night like: take care of myself and have a conversation with your daddy! When you wake up sometimes you fall back asleep and I leave you in your room but a lot of times I jump at the chance to rescue you from the big, bad crib and bring you into bed with me. From there, you cosleep the rest of the night and it’s absolute bliss. Everyone wins!

I think you are getting a really great sense of your surroundings and you seem to like what you see. Your little personality is developing and if I had to guess, I’d say you’re going to be our risk-taking, party animal. The kind of girl who can just as easily spend a lazy day at the beach with her girlfriends or jump out of an airplane with a bunch of dudes. You seem cool, confident, and fun loving.

Whatever the case, I just want you to be happy. Be a good person. Take care of your people. Be open minded and willing to try new things, make new friends, and experience the world beyond Orange County. We will do our very best to create an environment that allows you to soar. We will fight the urge to keep your training wheels on forever and remember that at some point, you need to make mistakes in order to grow.

But not today! Today, you are my babycakes! My honey bee and my little monkey! You bring great joy to our household and a warmth to my bosom that I missed since weening your sis.

I love you madly. Like a crazy woman sometimes!


Your mama

7 Months at a Glance

Weight: 18 lbs 5 ozs – 75th percentile

Length – 27 ½ inches – 90th percentile

Cool Things You’re Doing: You laugh all the time and you love to chatter away. You are obsessed with your toys and your sister. You sit and play by yourself for extended periods of time and seem totally content to occupy yourself – up to a point!

Likes: TOYS! You love them. Rattles, balls, moving toys, blocks, etc. You’re definitely a Mommy’s Girl still but that’s no surprise since I have the tatas! You love the outdoors, water, and anything associated with your big sis!

Dislikes: Being left alone. Being hungry. Car rides that last a little too long. Waking up alone.

Nicknames: Scarletto, Scarletto Barbaretto, Monk, Monkey, Letti, Letti Lou, Happy, Sissy, but Belly Baby is still the front runner!









Dear Scarlett, at 6 months



My darling Belly Baby,

We celebrated your half birthday a week ago and I was reminded at how fast time is flying by. We have witnessed some tremendous growth in just the past month and I feel like you transitioned from an infant to a baby right in front of my eyes. One of my favorite ages is six months to a year so I’m pretty excited for all that’s in store for us this summer!

You have become quite skilled at sitting. In just a week’s time you went from toppling over like one of those toy punching bags every time we sat you up to sitting for extended periods like you’ve been doing it forever. Now you even crouch forward to grab your toys that are out of reach and can pull yourself back up with no problem at all. We still put you in the Bumbo sometimes but I’m pretty sure we’ll be retiring that piece of gear in the near future.

And you started solids right at six months. I was a little ambitious and dove straight into a banana entree followed by sweet potatoes a few days later. Your doctor had me back up though and now we’re doing oatmeal for a couple of weeks to give you a chance to adjust to this new way of life. You’re battling an ear infection and I can’t tell if your diaper rash is a side effect of the antibiotics or a reaction to the new foods we’ve been trying but we’re taking it slow until your bunnies start to heal. You love you cereal though and would eat a giant bowl if we let you so we’re all practicing a little portion control at the moment. I have learned that I should be prepared to nurse shortly after you finish eating because you scream your head off as if you’ve just finished your last meal in this lifetime. Like your sister, so far you are an excellent eater!

At your six month check-up the doctor was reviewing all of your developmental milestones and noting that you are right on track for your age. She then explained that you should recognize your name by now and so she tested it by calling out to you. Your reaction was lackluster at which point I realized that no one actually calls you Scarlett. I explained that you are better known as “Belly Baby” and sure enough when she tried again, you spun your head around and gave her the biggest gummy grin. We both got a good laugh out of that one.

The sun rises and sets on your sister. You are so in love with her and I can only hope that adoration continues as your relationship develops. Now that you’re becoming more interactive she loves to play with you and share your toys although we often have to explain that exchanging a teething ring for a crayon or some other dangerous choking hazard of a toy doesn’t quite work at this age.

And the feeling is mutual. The other day, I caught her sneaking out of bed to check on you while you were crying in your crib. She was so concerned that I had a hard time really disciplining her. I think she’s always going to be your protector and I can see already that she would do absolutely anything to make you happy.

We are right in the middle of what I’ve been told is the ideal time to sleep train you yet I’m still so resistant to the idea. I know I’m developing a crutch by nursing you until you fall asleep and continuing to nurse you on demand All. Night. Long. but I just can’t help myself. You start the night out in your crib which is more than your sister ever did so I feel like I’ve made progress there. Plus, I’ve read that children who sleep in the family bed when they’re little end up more independent and better adjusted as they age. Your sister is a great example of that theory. I mean she even puts herself down for naps in her own bed now – like she literally excuses herself from playing, exclaims that she’s tired and walks upstairs and gets into bed. No joke.

And yes, I am completely justifying my (bad?) behavior and our continued use of sleep crutches.

I’m reading a new sleep training book right now and may give it a try next week or the week after. Or I may do the exact same thing I did with Savs and deal with it later. We’ll just have to see where the pieces fall but in the meantime, sleep continues to be a huge distraction that literally keeps me up at night.

But really, I don’t mind all that much.

Your love is immeasurable and even when you’re mad, tired, or hungry you are still so quick to cuddle or smile. You are a social girl and love the company of your teachers and the other babies so much. It makes dropping you off each morning a breeze although picking you up each evening is still a highlight of our day.

All in all, you are so awesome. You are the happiest baby on the block and your Sunday School teachers notified me last weekend that I am so lucky to have the “best baby ever.” I couldn’t agree more even if I am a little biased!

Thank you for taking it easy on us. Everyone warned that having two kids would be exponentially harder and I’m probably jinxing myself by putting these words on paper but the adjustment has actually been just fine. You are an incredibly easy baby and your sister loves you with all her might. Juggling schedules got a little more complicated and our household is often a “shit show” but all in all going from 1 to 2 kids was much easier than going from 0 to 1.

You are loved so much. To be honest, it doesn’t even seem fair that one little being should be so adored! In fact, as I type this I want to run over and wake you up just so I can smother your face with slobbery kissies. That’s how it is with you – I can’t go too long without a fix.

6 Months at a Glance

Weight: 16 lbs 6 ozs – 61st percentile

Length: 26 3/4 inches – 75th percentile

Cool things You’re Doing: You love to laugh and talk nonstop. You play with toys and love to be surrounded by them in the ball pit at school. You sit, roll and lunge forward and you’re pretty good at scooting around on your back. You eat which is super cool and your hand eye coordination is excellent.

Likes: You love being outdoors and will instantly settle down the minute we take you outside. So far, you’re loving all food we’ve tried even if your tummy is having a hard time adjusting. You are infatuated with your sister and smile ear to ear the minute she enters your line of sight. You like baths and sitting at the counter with the family in your big girl high chair.

Dislikes: Object permanence is starting to kick in and you don’t like it one bit when we leave you alone. You don’t like teething either but honestly, who does?

Nicknames: Scarletto Barbaretto, Letti, Letti Spaghetti, Happy, Monkey, Monk, Sissy, Scarlett Johansson and of course, Belly Baby

Love, love love you always!

Your mama











Dear Scarlett, at 5 months


Baby cakes,

Time is literally flying right by! It’s hard to believe that it’s already been five months since we were bringing you home from the hospital but low and behold, here we are.

You are growing at warp speed nowadays and there’s nothing “newborn” about you anymore. Maybe it’s those older kids at daycare rubbing off on you or perhaps it’s just because I’m not spending every minute of every day in your presence but I feel like you are going to be toddling around before I know it.

You are big and healthy and my heart overflows with gratitude every time I look at you. You still love to eat (which probably explains why you are so big and healthy) and you get the cutest milk drunk look on your face when your belly is full. We started giving you probiotics everyday which has helped with your gas but you’re still a spitty baby which, as long as you’re smiling and not screaming, I’ve grown to accept.

While you’ve rolled over a couple of times, I wouldn’t say you’re rolling regularly by any means. Savs was late to roll as well and I’m pretty sure it has something to do with being big babies. Your back is very strong though and you actually balance in a seated position for about 5 seconds at a time before tipping over like Humpty Dumpty. All of our practice with tummy time is starting to pay off because you’re actually willing to hang out on your stomach for extended periods of time now without freaking out.

Your little personality is starting to develop and so far, you’re a happy girl. You love to laugh and it doesn’t take much to make you crack up. In fact, the sheer sight of your sister or sound of her voice and you’re in stitches. I love walking in when you first wake up in the morning. You’ve usually been laying there looking around for some time before you see us but when you do, your whole face lights up and you bust out a big gummy grin. And just like that my heart melts into one big puddle!

You’ve slowly made your way into our bed although you always start in the cosleeper at night. The same thing happened with Savannah and part of me knows I’m starting a bad habit and one that I’ll probably regret later but the other part of me says to hell with it. You’re our last baby and snuggling with you at night is one of my favorite things in the world even if it means I get horrible sleep and transitioning you to your own room will be a nightmare someday.

I see absolutely no downside to bed sharing accept for the fact that we’re delaying the dreaded “sleep training” torture. Developmentally, everyone warned us that we were creating an insecure and overly dependent child when we did it with Savannah but she’s proven to be as secure and independent as three year olds come. Having you next to me in bed boosts my milk supply and it gives us that extra time together that we miss when I’m at work all day.

When it comes down to it, my parenting motto has always been “It’s working for now so we’re going with it.” This time next month you could be sleeping soundly in your own room or in a couple of years we’ll be selling the most pristine five year old crib on the market. Either way, we’ll conquer sleep eventually and I’m pretty sure you won’t be crawling in bed with us the night before your high school graduation so I’m not too worried about it.

You are doing really well at daycare and you absolutely adore Miss Kelly and all of your other caregivers. I feel such confidence leaving you with them every day and especially enjoy the mornings that I get to nurse you in the classroom before heading off to work. Seeing you and your “friends” interact and play together is adorable and I’m really looking forward to practicing some baby sign language with you in the coming months.

We’ve adjusted to having two kids pretty well and the days when Savs was an only child seem like a distant memory now. I will say going from no kids to one was a lot harder than going from one to two – so far at least. Maybe it’s that we know each stage is fleeting or we’ve grown accustomed to running around like sleep deprived crazy people but I feel like we’re rolling with this parenting thing much better this time around.

Your sister has not skipped a beat since you were born. She’s crazy a lot of the time but that has everything to do with her age and nothing to do with you. I’d like to take credit for her successful adjustment and while we certainly tried to follow all of the advice we were given in preparing her for your arrival, I think it’s actually the fact that the kid was literally born to be a big sister. Loving you is in her DNA and she’ll tell anyone who will listen that you are her very best friend.

I know you’ll have your ups and downs as all sisters do but I pray that you will always adore one another like you do today. You two have a bond that no one can compete with and it is your job to both make each other crazy and shield one other from life’s troubles and disappointments. Remember that, baby girl.

All in all, you are absolutely perfect. You are strong and beautiful, funny and sweet, and I know that there is a very big brain inside of your little head just waiting to soak up all the knowledge we’re going to throw your way. Thank you for bringing joy to our household on a daily basis. You are loved.

5 Months at a Glance

Weight: 15 lbs 6 ozs – 65th percentile

Length: 26 ½ inches – 85th percentile

Cool things You’re Doing: You laugh hysterically – so much so that it makes us laugh hysterically back at you. You see really far distances now and notice us as soon as we walk in the room. You play with toys and rattles and have a few choice favorites. You started playing with a rubber baby spoon and you’ve got a good handle on it which leads me to think it’s going to be really fun when we start you on solids.

Likes: You love the hanging birds and butterflies in your classroom and I’m thinking of getting a mobile for the house since you’re so mesmerized by them. We haven’t introduced solid food yet but I did give you a little taste of mashed banana just for fun and you LOVED it. You love your sissy and your Lola as well as all your friends and teachers. You like the Bumbo and will zone out to the TV if it’s on in the background. And you love getting unzipped from your swaddle in the morning – those morning stretches are to die for!

Dislikes: You start to panic when we walk out of a room and leave you lying there alone. You don’t like being cold or stuck in one position for too long. But nothing pisses you off quite like hunger. You’d think we starve you the way you lose your mind around feeding time.

Nicknames: Scarletto Barbaretto, Letti, Letti Spaghetti, Happy, Baseball Head, Scarlett Johansson and of course, Belly Baby.

Loving you always,

Your mama