remy is four

I have been putting off writing this post for several reasons. One is because it is a daunting task to sum up just how much Remy has grown, mentally and emotionally, over the past year. Another part of me is in disbelief that my oldest child is now four. At the same time, I am so incredibly proud of this four-year-old.

If somebody told me to write one last letter to my daughter, this is what it would say.

To Remy on your birthday week,

You are one smart cookie. You can count to 100, forwards and backwards, can spell too many words to keep track of, know the words to an immeasurable amount of songs, can name almost any dinosaur, and have started writing on your own. You love to learn and it shows. I have a feeling that you will easily excel in school.

You are the sweetest girl and do not have a mean bone in your body. Sometimes you get frustrated and yell, but it’s more out of not understanding your big emotions as opposed to hate or malice. If you get a time out, you come out of your room saying “I’m so sorry mum, or I’m so sorry dad.” You have never physically harmed any living thing. I’ve witnessed a few children hit or kick you and run away and you never defend yourself. It is always me who runs over to you to tell you that they shouldn’t do that. I’ve also seen Po knock you down countless times, and you just get up and brush yourself off. You are so strong and so gentle.

You are polite. You always say please and thank you and ensure that everyone has what you have.

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You are sporty. If I had to choose a favourite right now I would say that it was either swimming or gymnastics. But you also love to dance, your trampoline, your aim and power with kicking a soccer ball is incredible, you love running, jumping, climbing “snow mountains,” parks, and our daily walks. You’re just an active girl.

You have never come across an animal that you didn’t love. Or want to take home. You beg me everyday to go to the zoo and a pet store. Sometimes I catch you watching hamster videos on YouTube during your afternoon quiet time, which is probably why you ask us now for a hamster.

You also love reading, travelling, dinosaurs, toys, running errands, playing, vehicles, music, clothes, crafts, baking, family, and children. You honestly have such a zest for life and there isn’t really anything you don’t like (except strange men).

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You went from being one of the biggest introverts I had ever seen to blossoming into a social butterfly. You are every child’s biggest cheerleader (see above) and “best friend.” You do not discriminate. You make sure that everyone is included in all things and at all times. You lead the way and ensure that everyone follows. Please keep up that attitude throughout all of your years.

You are still shy around adults that you don’t know very well, and need to practise sharing with your brother. Aside from that, and even with that, you are perfect.

I could go on and on about you. You are one of my greatest achievements, and I just know that you are going places. I love you I love you I love you. Happy fourth birthday, darling girl!

Love Mama

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happy new year

With the New Year being just around the corner, I wanted to wish you all a happy 2020!

I don’t remember being particularly excited about the new year growing up. However, ever since having children, I consider it to be almost a magical time in our lives. It’s a symbol of new beginnings, of promise, and of what is to come. Over the last few years, I also consider it a time to start over and to become a better wife, mother, and person in general.

This year we have made three big resolutions to work on as a family rather than going it alone. With the busyness of our everyday lives, I feel like we sometimes are letting the temporary chaos get to us and we aren’t always putting our best foot forward. I want my children to grow up in the happiest and most loving household that I can give them.

Over this last year I have come to the harsh realization that just because people are part of your family, it doesn’t mean that they will love or even like you. Your parents, former stepparents, or whoever might fight tooth and nail to not be part of your life, and no amount of invites or tears or even showing up on their doorstep will make them be present or even care. Sometimes you will hear firsthand that they hate you, which is what you might need to finally move on. I’ve been told that it is just better to cut those hateful people out of your life- even if it hurts and it is the last thing that you wish to do. But making yourself happy is key to living a happier life, for yourself and your family.

This year we are all about love. We will surround ourselves with those family members who want to be in our lives and embrace them with open arms. This is Geoffrey and I making a conscious effort to become even better parents and better spouses. Our children will never question their worth or our love for them. Never. That’s the best gift that I can think to give them. (I also firmly believe that if we better ourselves then we are bettering the world!)

That said, we also have less emotional and more physical things that we are looking forward to this year. Remy and Wilder are getting a new bedroom in January, we are getting a new kitchen in March/April, and my brother and his family are moving back to BC! That means we can still go and visit them, my dad, and stepmom every summer. I am looking forward to this new tradition.

Do you have any resolutions? Did you accomplish what you wanted to over this last year? What lessons did you learn? I would love to hear your thoughts below.

Have a safe and fun New Years Eve and see you all next year!

Emory

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eleven months old

Tomorrow, our dear sweet Wilder will be 11 months old.

Here are some great things that he accomplished over the last 30 days:

He now claps! My oh my it is the sweetest thing ever. He looks at his hands, keep one perfectly still, and brings the other one to it again and again.

He nods his head yes! He also says “yeah.”

He walks everywhere with his walker and push cart. He’s so strong as well! Remy will sit in the wooden stroller and Wilder pushes her around the house.

He thinks everything is funny. He has honestly only ever had a few grumpy days in his entire life and those were when he was sick. Other than that, he is always sweet and smiling.

He can load utensils with food.

He loves to feed other people, and often feeds us.

He still has ZERO teeth, but we see those little bumps coming through. I think this will be the month that he finally gets some. (Watch out, nipples!)

One more month until he is a year old … Time, you thief.

Emory

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nine months old

My darling son is now 9 months old. 9 months (minus 1 day) of carrying him inside of me, and 9 months (plus 4 days) of holding him on the outside.

Wilder had a big month of milestones. Here are some of them:

HE LEARNED TO CRAWL! Last month I thought that it could happen any day, and it did at 8.5 months exactly. He finally crawled on the day that Bridget passed away, sadly. He has certainly been keeping us busy ever since.

In addition to crawling, he can now pull himself up to a standing position. By using anything that gives him support, he hoists his booty off of the ground and stands up, then gently sits back down again.

He waves hello and goodbye! It is the cutest thing ever, and something that I don’t think Remy ever did. The brat. He loves waving and gets excited when you clap and cheer him on.

Unfortunately, he became pretty ill with a high fever for 3 days, which inevitably turned into roseola. He sported full-body rash for 2 more days after that, and only started to feel better on day 6. Remy had roseola at 10 months. It’s awful.

I can only imagine what next month will bring. Fingers crossed he gets his first tooth or two!

Emory

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eight months old

Wilder is eight months old today! Here are some recent developments in his little world.

He is mastering feeding himself finger food. From large rice cakes to tiny peas, he quite easily brings the food from the table to his hands to his mouth. In actuality, he prefers food that hasn’t been blended in our blender!

He loves to play ball with Remy. They sit on the floor across from one another rolling a ball back and forth. I posted a picture of them doing this on Instagram the other day. I also have a video of Remy doing it when she was around the same age.

He is also on the verge of crawling. When he is seated, he leans forward and puts his weight on his hands, rocking back and forth. If only he would swing his legs under and then go! He does the backwards crawl that Remy did, though. Pushing himself across rooms, and usually getting trapped under furniture.

Eight months. How is it possible that the time is passing this quickly?

Emory

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