Dear Siri,

I can’t express to you how much of a joy you are – not just to your dad and me but to everyone who meets you. You are so outgoing and so much fun to be around.  I cherish every single moment with you. I’ll miss these days when you’re grown and married. You’ll have children of your own but I’ll remember the little girl you are today.  We have so much fun together. We cuddle and laugh. We hug and kiss. If we’re not paying attention to you and you’re doing something that you want us to see you’ll yell “MAMA!” “DADDY!”  You made the switch to Daddy some time ago, but you still call me mama and that tops the charts of my all time favorite things. I think I’ll be a little sad when you start calling me mommy, just another reminder that you’re growing up too fast.

I hope that you’re always as happy and carefree as you are now. I hope that you’re always confident enough to dance in a room full of strangers and laugh all the while.  I love you, my sweet, sweet girl.

Love,
Mommy (I mean Mama!)

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Dear Siri,

You’re 20 months and I can’t believe you’ll be 2 years old this year. You are so much fun! You are so energetic! You barely ever sit still. You’re very outgoing – not shy at all! It’s amazing how smart you are and how your vocabulary is growing. The other day you brought me one of your flash cards and said “wo-roshhh” with your face all scrunched up. I looked at the card and it was a walrus. You seriously try to learn every word you possibly can.

Cas is so much a part of your life it’s like he’s always been here. You always want to be around him when he’s up and you like to sit on the couch and hold him as much as possible. You kiss him ALL the time! I’m so proud of you for being such a good big sister. I could have never imagined how much you would love him.

You still love your blankies. A while back we bought an extra one as a backup just incase – but you’ve slept with both every night since. You don’t bring them out of the house with you, but you do take them out of your crib each morning (you have to have them both) and if you’ll sit with us and cuddle with your blankies throughout the day. You still rub your nose and sniff them every so often – you sort of nuzzle them (hard to explain –but the cutest thing!) and you’ve done it ever since you were a little baby- it’s a soothing thing you do. Not only do you do that to your blankies, sometimes you’ll grab your brother’s hand and do the same thing to it!
I love you so much!
Mommy

Dear Siri,

Wow time is flying- Happy 19 months! Your vocabulary is growing by the minute! You say so many words! Here are some of them:

Tess, on, up, happy, elbow, butt, eyes, nose, head, ears, feet, knee, arm, hand, neck, teeth, spoon, shirt, sock, shoes, coat, hat, boot, brother, grandpa (sounds more like pa-gand!), Hi, bye-bye, thank you, welcome (for your welcome), please, Dada, mama, tess, Cas, diaper, ball, elephant, turtle, owl, lion, dog, duck, light, milk, snack, cracker, juice, hungry, eat, nana (banana), apple, night-night, snow, cup, no-no, hot, love you, p-u stinky stinky!, draw, home, car, show, tree, santa (and ho ho ho!) and there are many things that you point to in your picture book if we mention the word.

Your favorite activity is to point to things and identify them. I’ll get you out of your crib in the morning and while changing your diaper you start pointing to body parts or things in the room and naming them. Just about every night before bed you sit down in the living room with your picture book and just look at everything. Sometimes quietly without saying much and then every now and then you’ll point to something and say what it is. You are really, really smart. People often ask us how old you are and are amazed by how much you know and how smart you are for your age. You really enjoy learning and are constantly thinking and taking everything in. You’ve been like that since day one!

You love your brother more and more each day. I’ll sit him next to you and sometimes he’ll reach and grab your hand or your shirt. You’ll just turn to look at him and will sometimes give him a hug or a kiss, but most times you grab his hand and nuzzle your nose on it like you do with your blankie. Today I sat him next to you on the couch and you put your arm around him. Every so often you’ll reach out and grab him and accidentally hurt him. I guess you’re just testing boundaries and seeing what he’ll do. Last week, I was holding him in my lap and all of a sudden you came over and grabbed 2 fistfulls of his hair (since he has so much of it!) and pulled. He screamed and cried so loud! You were terrified and you started crying. I don’t think you’ll do that again! You really do love him and it’s amazing to watch you interact with him.

I wanted to get rid of your pipka (pacifier) by the time you were 18 months. You were only using it for naps and bedtime. My plan was to get rid of it over the Thanksgiving Holiday since I’d have a few days off, incase you didn’t sleep as good without it. Well, I completetly forgot and figured I’d work on it a few weeks later. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I went to give it to you at bedtime and you shook your head with your eyes closed and said, “no” very matter-of-factly. You had it one other time at nap, and then your Dad tried to give it to you a different day at nap time and you said no. It’s been gone ever since. We’re amazed by how you show us when you’re ready for something. You have always been that way. I really believe that you teach me daily how to be a mom. You show me the way!

 You never stop amazing me and you’re always making me laugh. I love you, my sweet girl.

Love,
Mommy

Dear Siri,

You’re 18 months old today and I love you more and more every day. I love watching you learn and become the sweet little person you are. You are so caring and so loving for such a little girl! You give us kisses all the time and you kiss your brother every night before you go to bed.
You are saying so many words these days it’s hard to keep track. One of the best is thank you. You say it whenever we give you something (like a snack) and it’s so sweet. It sounds more like ‘day doo’ and you say it very quickly and then walk away. Other new words are elbow, happy, apple, Siri, Cas and brother. You take everything in. Your little brain is always working.

You’re learning a lot at gymnastics too. You walk on your tip toes, put your head down to do a front roll and jump. Your dad brings you every Saturday. Today was parent observation day so I went to watch and you gave a little boy in your class a hug. Just because.

You love love love Cas! You call him brother. Every morning you come downstairs go over to him in his swing and wave to him. I’ll ask you if you want to hold him then you come sit by me and I put him on your lap. You love it.

Just about every night when your dad and I go to bed, we’ll talk about something that you did that day that melted our hearts. You are the sweetest thing. I can’t tell you how happy you make us.

Love,
Your mommy

18 month stats:

Dear Siri,

You’re 17 months old today and an amazing big sister! You love Cas! It started by you making a surprised face and running to the stairs when you heard him on the monitor when he wakes up. Then you’d sit with him on his playmat. You can’t ever get close enough, it seems as if you try to sit on him half of the time! Then one day during playtime on the mat his hand reached out and touched your face and you laughed- you loved it. Then you kept putting your face to his hand and thought it was the funniest thing! You kiss him, point out his features (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hand, feet). You’ll bring me his blankie, socks, clothes, etc. You are always trying to help. You are truly an amazing little girl. I am so blessed to have you!

You started gymnastics two weeks ago and although you’re the youngest in your class, you love it. You are so smart and so good- have I mentioned that before? I can’t tell you how many people have told us how happy you are. Seriously, hundreds of strangers! Wherever we go, you give everyone a big smile and wave, sometimes you say hi, and you usually always say bye. You’ve put a smile on many faces.

I love you. You are a very special little girl.
Mommy

Dear Siri,

Happy 16 months, big sister! Cas has been home for 4 days. You have been so good with him. You’ve gotten fussy here and there, but this is a big change for you, and that is to be expected. You want to be held or cuddled with a little bit more- which is fine by me! I love to cuddle with you. I’m so proud of you. You are such a little helper. You hand me his blankie, or wipes for his face, or you’ll place his hat on the top of his head. You are always trying to help.

Your vocabulary is really starting to pick up and you’re trying to say just about everything we say. Your favorite word is shoes and you absolutely love shoes. Whenever anyone comes over, you eventually make your way over to their shoes, then squeal, “shooooes!” and bring their shoes to them (for them to put on of course!)

You love to dance, to be chased (still your favorite game!) to play with Tess (you pull her tail). We bought you a stroller for your baby and you push it around, and sometimes pick it up to bring it where it needs to go. You try to help me vacuum and sweep. And if you spill something, you go to grab a cloth to wipe it up.

You are growing up so fast! I love you so much!

Love,
Your mommy

Dear Siri,

You’re 15 months old today. This will be my last letter before your little brother or sister arrives. I was feeling emotional about this yesterday thinking that it’s our last month of just me and you cuddling in the morning. But I’m also so excited to bring a sibling into your life as you’ll have a life long friend in him or her. I know you are going to be a GREAT big sister. You love seeing babies on tv or in real life. We saw Andreas for a little bit the other day and you were reaching out to touch him and pet the back of his head. You and I cuddle every morning. If I’m in the kitchen doing something you’ll come up to me with your blankie and want me to pick you up so we can cuddle. You’ll lay with me on the couch and we’ll watch a show (really Yo Gabba Gabba is the only show you’ll watch). You use my belly as a pillow sometimes. You rub your blankie on your nose whenever you’re cuddling. You’ll also take it and sometimes go sit on the bottom step. Your dad and I think it is the cutest thing. You just plop down and sit on the step. You say so many words it seems and your vocabulary just continues to grow. You have your own little language, which I always love to hear. You say blue, shoes, bye bye (you love this one), woof whenever you see a dog or if I ask you what a dog says, mama, dada, hi, moo, and uh-oh. You point to your toes, your nose, your head, and if I hand you a washcloth and say wash your face you do (but you mostly lick the washcloth). You also brush your teeth. You love, love, love being chased around the house. We say ‘coming to get you!’ and you squeal and “run” away. You’ll slow down and turn your head a tad to peek behind you out of the corner or your eye and when you see that we’re still there you squeal again and keep going. It’s so fun. You LOVE baths. Every night after dinner I say ‘let’s go take a bath’ and you head up the stairs ready to go! You give me a kiss on the lips when I say, ‘give mama a kiss.’ It started only when you were in the bath (seems to be when you’re happiest!) but now you do it just about all of the time.
I love you so much and my love grows more and more every day. You are such an amazing little girl. I’m so proud to be your mommy. I look forward to all the years we’ll spend together and all the memories we’ll make.

Love,
Mommy