Category Archives: Dear Amber

Has It Been Two Years Already?!

Dear “Baby” Amber,

Happy Birthday! You’re two years old today!

The time sure has flown by – though I think I say that in every single letter that I’ve ever written to you or your sisters. (Which reminds me – perhaps I’ll do a monthly letter addressed to all three of you from now on instead of three individual ones).

Two years ago I was waddling to and from Sierra’s school 5cm dilated and scared to death that my water would break at any moment. Thankfully our Midwives came over to check on us that night because while they were over my water did break and the contractions started almost immediately. 67 min after those contractions started I was holding you! You were in such a hurry to come meet your sisters!

Here we are two years later… You are one independent woman! You want to do everything yourself, and everything that your sisters are doing. And man, do you ever get mad when we try to stop you! You’re taking parent & tot swimming lessons and gymnastics classes with daddy and absolutely LOVE them! You are doing really well, and are one of the few toddlers who really TRY in your classes. You watch your teachers and try to do what they’ve taught you to do. It’s really cute watching you practise your gymnastics moves at home.

This week you went trick or treating for the first time.

Your sisters zig zagged across the street going from house to house, while you stayed pretty much on one side. The funny part was that you came home with just as many treats as them, even though you went to half the houses. You were really cute in your butterfly costume, and everyone shelling out enjoyed talking to you while you just smiled back at them. You got really mad at me when I tried to carry you from house to house, and you also insisted on doing as many houses as you could. Of course, when we got home, you wanted us to open every single candy so you could try one bite from each thing.

Potty training… You are doing awesome! You go potty at daycare twice a day and every night before bed. We tried undies on you one night recently and you stayed dry the whole evening! Soon we’ll start on a Saturday morning and try undies through the weekend, then daycare on the Monday morning. I can’t believe we’re at this stage already – but like I’ve said, you’re so independent.

Independent Woman

Soon it will be Christmas, and winter. I can’t wait to take you sledding at the hill, pull you around the block and shower you with Christmas gifts. Oh Amber, we love you so much and you are such an important part of our family. Happy Birthday girl!

Love,
Mommy
XXXOOO

Fifteen Months

Dear Amber,

Wow girl! You’re 15 months old already!! Where has the past year gone? You are growing up to be a very happy and smart little girl – eager to play and chase your sisters around the house.

Lately you’ve been a bit cranky though – I think you may be teething, and getting your “eye” teeth. You have a total of 12 teeth now – the four front teeth across the top, four front teeth across the bottom, plus four molars. There’s a gap between those four front teeth and the molars for your eye teeth that I believe you’re working on getting now. That said, you love to eat with your beautiful little chompers, especially your favourite foods: Pizza, Buttered pasta, fries, cucumber, green melon and mommy’s Chobani yogurt:

You, my darling, are VERY independent! When you notice us getting ready to leave for work/school/shopping/out to play etc, you get your jacket off of your hook, bring it to us and say, “Go… Go… Go!”. You just love to try and do things youself, and you get so mad at us if we try to help you.  Socks are your favourite – you take them off yourself at bath time, and put them in the laundry hamper for mommy and daddy. When I try to take your socks off for you you throw a VERY big temper tantrum! Oh the injustice!

I saw these socks called Ezsox and thought they’d be perfect for you:

You could grip the little handles on them and pull them on and off yourself!  I also saw that they give 40% off to their facebook fans so I “liked” them in order to get you some.  It’ll be really cute to show you how to do it, especially since you’re so keen on doing EVERYTHING yourself.

Ahhh speaking of doing things yourself, little miss independent…. You love swimming lessons with daddy – but aren’t too keen on doing what everyone else is doing.  You really like to jump from the edge of the pool into daddy’s arms – you don’t even mind getting your face wet!  One night daddy was too sick to take you, so I took you to your class and I had to do an “underwater pass” with you.  This is when the instructor passes you underwater to me! I thought for sure you would freak out but you loved it!!  Holy moly kiddo – you LOVE to swim!!!

Oh Amber – you have no idea how perfectly you fit into this family – we love you, your independence and your bright beautiful smile so much!

Thank you for being part of our lives – I love you!!

Love,

Remember: “You’re only one workout away from a good mood!”

Four Months

Dear Amber,

This is my first letter to you. I wrote a few letters to your sisters when they were babies, so its only fair that I write a letter to you too.  I’ll try to write a few more during your first year, ok?

What can I say about you sweetie? You’re AH-mazing! Healthy, smart, beautiful and so HAPPY! Little lady, you never ever stop smiling! This is the face that greets me each morning when you wake up:

Amber - 4 mos

You’re such a happy baby! You sleep well, you eat well and you LOVE your sisters! Actually truth be told, they love you too! You giggle at all of their crazy antics and I’m sure you can’t wait to start moving around and playing with them. Sierra always wants to snuggle and hold you, while Brooke likes to show you her toys.

Amber & I at Sunset Beach

Last month daddy and I took you to HAWAII! Yes! You and I got to spend a great week together exploring the Island of Oahu while daddy worked.  We went to Sea Life Park and saw real live WILD whales breeching in the ocean! Then we drove along the coast to Sunset Beach and watched the surfers, followed by a trip to Waimea Falls, StrollerStrides at Ala Moana Park, and a visit to Honlulu Zoo.  We even visited Waikiki Beach together :) I had such a great time with you!  I was hesitant to fly so far with you – but you travelled quite well – in fact you thought the turbulence was funny and giggled for the first time!

Tomorrow I’ll be bringing you to the Dr’s for your 4 month well baby check up – I’m quite curious to see how much you weigh because you’ve outgrown so many clothes!

Oh Amber- you have brought so much joy to our lives!  I love you sweetie!

Love,
Mommy