Dear Siri,

Happy Birthday little firecracker! What a whirlwind the last 2 years have been. I can’t express what joy you’ve brought to our lives. My absolute favorite job is being your mommy.

You are such a helper! You help empty the dishwasher (handing me or your dad one utensil or plate at a time – it takes a while but we get it done!), you clean up spills, sweep the floor – anything you can to help out. You are such a loving little girl too. You give me a hug and kiss each day before I leave for work.

You have the best personality! To say you’re outgoing would be an understatement. There has been maybe one time (ever!) when you’ve acted shy, and that’s just it, you were ‘acting.’ You say ‘hi’ to just about everyone from friends to the cashier at Wegmans. You run, jump, scream, laugh and have so much energy packed into such a little body. You love to be read a story every night before bed. Not just one, but at least a couple. You LOVE being read to which brings me such joy because I’ve always loved to read and look forward to the stories we’ll read together as you grow.

I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. I wish I could freeze time at some moments when you’re doing something amazingly sweet and precious and I’ll wish I had my camera. It’s those moments that I can’t capture and I don’t ever want to forget them. Like the times when you come up and give me a kiss on the cheek out of the blue when we’re in the middle of playing. Or when you get down on your hands and your knees to meet your brother face to face while he’s crawling on the ground and you say “Hi, brother!” in your own little baby voice to mimic my own. Although you are the wildest child and its rare to see you sitting still to play with something for longer than a minute, you are also the sweetest most polite little girl.

Since I can’t bottle up the baby you were and the little girl you’re becoming I’ll continue writing you these letters so that one day you’ll know. You’ll know just how special you are and always will be. I hate to look ahead since time flies by too fast as it is, but sometimes I’ll think of the woman you’ll be one day. My heart already swells with pride. If you’re this amazing as my little girl, I can only imagine who you will be as a mother of your own little firecracker. I love you more and more each day.

Love,
Mommy (still mama on most days!)

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Siri’s nap

I took off yesterday and today and had a great couple of days spending some extra time with Siri. It’s tough to share my time between both kids and if I’m with one I feel guilty for not being with the other. With Cas being so young and all the breastfeeding, etc. I felt a lot of that guilt (not giving Siri enough attention). I’m sure I’m not the only mom who feels this way.

It was nice to be home and able to spend more time with the kids. I was so tired today (what else is new? Still waiting for Cas to sleep through the night) and both kids were napping, so I figured I’d lay down and at least relax if I couldn’t fall asleep. Well, Siri woke up in the middle of her nap crying. Sometimes she’ll wake up in the middle of sleep, cry for a second and fall back to sleep. Today she didn’t. Eric got her out of the crib then I brought her into bed with me. For whatever reason, we never lay in bed together (well actually, its probably because Siri is not the type of kid to just lay there!) So she was laying next to me and still crying for a bit. I eventually calmed her and she fell asleep in my arms. I thought I’d try to fall asleep too, so I tried to gently move her and she woke up. She sat straight up and I was sure she’d be up for good (she’d only fallen asleep on me for a few minutes). Then she quickly lay back down, perpendicular to me with her feet on my belly. She fell asleep like that and so did I. It was so nice napping with her. One of my all time favorite things to date. She woke up refreshed and then started pointing to all the things in our room that were daddy’s and mommy’s. “Daddy’s pants… Mommy’s cup…” she kept going and going. It’s like her brain was recharged and she was ready to go! I felt recharged too and happy to have had that cuddle time with my little girl.