I haven't written to you since just before Daisy was born and you have changed so much since then. It used to be you that was my baby but you've gown up so much and of course you have a little Sister now.
You took to Daisy straight away, happy to be a big Sister and it was lovely. I was so proud of you. Unfortunately though, Daisy was quite Sicky and needed to be upright a lot of the time. This was difficult for you as it must have seemed as though I just held her all the time. I was also quite tired and grumpy so wasn't very patient when you were naughty trying to get my attention. It was bit of a tricky few months and im sorry about that.
It all settled down though when Daisy got her medicine and started napping properly. When Poppy is at School and Daisy is napping thats our time now – Mummy/Rosie time and its making all the difference. Sometimes we have a lttle cuddle and watch Peppa Pig or read stories, sometimes we play games and do jigsaws or we might do colouring/ play dough. You are very easily pleased.
You've had one illness after the other since Christmas and I've been quite worried about you. It seems to be settling down now though and the GP wasn't too worried. This was you a few days ago. Daddy took this picture but I think he captured your cheeky personality. It's lovely:
You really are a gorgeous little girl. You love cuddles and kisses and are very affectionate. It's so cute. You do have a naughty side to you too though, especially when unwell. You actually bit me twice last month: once on the finger and once on the neck. I wasn't happy!
You still suck your thumb and I'm not sure how or if I should get you to stop.
You are going to preschool in September and are really looking forward to it. I haven't rushed to put you into nursery instead waiting to get you in to the one at Poppy's School. In the meantime to keep busy we go to a singing group on Tuesdays, a toddler group and Tumble Tots on Thursdays and you have ballet lesons on Saturdays. They've all improved your confidence and you enjoy them all.
You love to sing, dance, dress up and giggle. Your little imagination is developing too and you love playing with your big Sister. She bosses you around a bit but you play Schools, shops, Doctors and so on. I like it when you use the cushions as cars and bottom shuffle around the room. It's so funny. You also put on plays for me which I really enjoy.
You are turning out to be quite clever too. You're not 3 for a while but can count to 30 already. Infact you know after 30 it's 31,32 etc but need help with 40,50,60 and so on. You love books and stories and show an interest in learning to read and phonics. You really enjoy the Jolly Phonics songs and even know your vowels. I guess that's having a big Sister.
Fiercely independent you like to be able to dress yourself, have an opinion on what you wear and even put your shoes on alone. Your favourite colours are purple and red and if it was up to you you would be dressed head to toe in purple everyday.
Here are a few more pictures to show how much you've grown:
You really are a gorgeous girl even when youre bit of a monkey.
Love you to the moon and back sweetheart.
It's been so long since I last wrote you a letter, seven months to be exact! Life has been crazy since your baby Sister arrived. It's all settled down now though and I wanted to let you know what a lovely big girl and big Sister you are turning into.
First of all you have settled really well into School. You love your Teacher Mrs Mills and have made lots of new friends. Daddy and I are amazed at how much you have learnt already. You are in the top stream for everything: reading fantastically well, writing really nicely and now spelling too…such a clever girl. It's hard to remember sometimes that you are only four!
You just soak up everything like a little sponge and are eager to learn. Always counting, getting Daddy to set you Maths problems and even reading my emails when I'm checking them….cheeky Madam! This was you on holiday last week spelling out words:
You also wrote out Go Away amongst others.
Most of the time you are a happy little thing but you do have a bit of a temper too. We have this new thing at home so when you feel yourself getting cross you go and sit on the stairs for a few minutes and count to 10 to calm yourself down. It's really working. I think it's because you're at that stage where you think you know everything and don't like to be told off, you really believe you are right all the time.
You are very good with your sisters. Daisy already idolises you and her eyes light up when you pay her attention. It's magical to see. You also play really nicely with Rosie when you can be bothered. You play great imaginative games like Schools, trips to the beach, shopping and so on. You both love dressing up and putting on shows for me too. I love it!
Here's a few photos to show you how much you've grown up:
A gorgeous little girl. You are very affectionate and sweet natured too always telling me how much you love me – more than marshmallows, rainbows, sunshine and holidays apparently
I love you too sweetheart and am very, very proud of you.
Dear gorgeous girl,
I really can't believe how quickly you are growing. The past seven months have flown by. You have just slotted into this family and our little family is now complete.
You are such a happy little girl whose smiles and giggles light up the room. Now you have some magic medicine you are so much more more content, no more trapped wind, wriggling and squirming for you, you are like a different baby.
It's been a busy month for you learning lots of new things: you sit up really well now which means you can play with all the toys. We think you are like one of those Weeble's though. You wobble when you get tired and try to stay up. It's quite funny to watch. You get upset when you do fall back though so we prop pillows up around you.
Your Sisters love it now you can sit up. I love watching them with you, they are pretty gentle most of the time. Rosie in particular loves building you towers to knock down and you squeal with delight each time you do it. It's very sweet.
Best of all though you can say Mamma and Dadda now. You actually said Mamma first which was pretty special as the other girls both said Dadda first. It really makes me smile each time I hear it.
In some ways it feels as though you have always been part of this family whilst at others it feels only 2 minutes since I was pregnant. It's scary. I want to wrap you up and keep you tiny but know you will be running around before I know it.
This is you this month.
I love you sweetheart.
Every few months I like to write a letter to you girls that you can look back on when you are older. It's a way of me letting you know how much I love you and recording all those little memories and milestones before I forget.
I can't believe you are 6 months already and this is the first time I am writing one. To be honest Mummy found the whole juggling three children harder than she thought she would at the start. It's only now things are settling down and I have more time to do these sorts of things again.
You came into this world late but in a hurry, we didnt even make it to the hospital although we ended up there straight afterwards. Once home though you just slotted right in to the family. Now we can hardly remember life without you.
The first five months were tough for you as you were quite sick. The Doctors and health visitors weren't concerned as you were putting weight on but you screamed and squirmed for hours after feeding. I think to be honest you had a bit of reflux. You turned a huge corner at 5 months and became much more settled. Mummy still needs to avoid certain foods though like citrus fruit, garlic and nuts though as they set you off again. We are also being careful with weaning and not rushing to give you dairy etc. as they all start you off again.
Seeing as though so much has happened in 6 months I thought the best way to show you what you have been up to is through photos:
These days you are a gorgeous happy little girl, who giggles and smiles at everyone. You are very tickley especially around your tummy, which makes nappy changing quite funny. You giggle every time which is pretty cute.
Content to sit up in the Bumbo, stand up in your exersaucer or lie on the floor, you no longer have to be held all the time. You do like to keep an eye on everyone though and still love your cuddles. In fact, Your body temperature is much more like mine, cooler than Daddy's and your Sister's. You love being cuddled and snuggle right in especially if we wrap you in a blanket. You have a few faves. You also love being carried in the moby wrap.
You can't crawl yet but can roll over and over to get to where you want to. It takes a while but you can do it. You are also trying to sit up and like it if we prop you up in the feeding cushion. You really like to be sat up at the table though. That way you can see everyone and join in.
Your favourite time of the day is bath time. You like to share deep, bubbly ones with your Sisters but really prefer the really shallow ones you have by yourself. You use your legs to propel yourself from one end of the bath to the other, giggling and splashing all the way. It's very cute and I always end up soaked
You love watching your Sisters and I love watching the way you all interact with each other. They are very gentle with you, giving you kisses and cuddles and helping me by fetching nappies and stuff. When you smile and giggle at them your eyes light up…it's gorgeous.
You sleep pretty well at night (only waking once to burp usually) but I'm still working on the naps. It hasn't helped that you've been so windy. You go to sleep then wake up screaming before burping and then think its time to get up but we are getting there.
I can't believe 6 months have gone already, it's just flown by. Looking forward to recording millions of more memories, enjoying millions of cuddles and watching you grow and develop into a little girl.
All my love, cuddles and kisses.
Wow girls, you are growing up so quickly its unbelievable. I thought I would write one last letter to you before we have another Sister and I am writing to the three of you. I dont want to forget all the little things that you have been up to before the new baby arrives.
Poppy – You just turned four today and suddenly seem much more grown up. I cant believe you are starting School properly in September but you are ready for it and have been for a while. We have been to your School several times and you really like it. You have met and like your new teacher and some of the other children too and I have no worries you will settle in.
You seem to have taken the move in your stride and love the new house and garden. You are always telling me how much you like it here which is great news. You have also adapted really well into sharing a room with your little Sister even if she does wake you up a bit earlier than usual.
Despite seemingly adapting to all these changes really well, you have been playing up a bit lately. You have been throwing proper tantrums which you have never really done before and are really quite embarrassing. I think its to do with waiting for the new baby to arrive, you are always telling me you are “bored of waiting now”. I guess Mummy doesn’t have as much energy to play with you as usual but I don’t let you get away with it.
Your reading is coming on now and you are trying to read everything, I have also noticed a difference in your drawings and how you colour in the lines. You really are growing up and getting more able.
All in all you are a happy content little girl most of the time but have been a bit of a monster at times over the past few weeks.
Rosie – You just turned two a few weeks ago and you surprise me with how able you are at your age. You are a bit of a gymnast, you love to climb and can even do forward rolls which your Sister cant do every time. You can count to 5 and then say 8,9,10,11, you know all your colours and can string whole sentences together.
You too have tantrums though which are pretty spectacular. You have spent lots of time on the naughty cushion recently as you have been a bit of a monster. I am sure its because I am fed up waiting for this baby to arrive and you and Poppy are picking up on it but nevertheless its not good.
You are a very affectionate little thing though and love cuddles and kisses. Your favourite activity is too snuggle in for a cuddle and story. However, recently you are wanting to spend more and more time doing creative things like paining and play dough.You will sit for ages engaged in what you are doing.
You have now decided you don’t need to wear a nappy to bed any more and have done surprisingly well. There have only been a few accidents so I am very proud of you.
You are loving sharing a room with your big Sister and your new big girls bed. You look so tiny i it as you take up hardly any room.
I love both you girls very much and am keen to make sure that neither of you miss out too much when the new baby arrives. It will be hard splitting my time but I will do everything I can to make sure neither of you feel left out.
Lots of love and kisses
You girls are both growing up far too quickly and changing all the time so I love writing these letters to you. Its my way of recording memories, of not forgetting the little individuals you are becoming and of making you realise how very much you are both loved.
Poppy at almost four now you really are a bit of a character. All day you run, dance, sing and talk…in fact you find being quiet impossible. You have recently got into playing games on my laptop but I dont let you do it for too long. You have made up this routine though, where after playing you do some exercise. You get me to shout out instrctions like run up and down the hallway four times or do ten star jumps and you happily do it.
You love baking and anything crafty still and you are really trying hard to read. At the moment you are also eating really well too.
Now your Sister is getting a little bit older and able to play better with you, you love it. You can be quite patient with her and love playing games like chase, hide and seek and egg and spoon runs!
You keep telling me you cant wait for the baby to arrive and how you are going to help me lots. You are apparently going to give her lots of cuddles and kisses and share your toys nicely.
We are due to move soon and you are handling it pretty well, You keep talking about the new house and new school and dont seem to be nervous at all. Fingers crossed it stays this way.
You are a very affectionate little girl who loves hugs and kisses and daddy and I love it. We are very proud of the gorgeous little girl you are turning in to.
Rosie at 22 months you have changed soo much. I cannot believe you are almosot two!
Your favourite thing at the moment is to dress up. You are always found wearing dressing up clothes, tutus and fairy wings. We have to check you before you go out as chances are you will have something else on under your outfit. We always joke that you might have a job in fashion when you are older.
Daddy has just had a few weeks off and cannot believe the way your speech is coming on. You talk non stop now and can string along about 4 words. You also understand everything we say. Today you came out with “Daddys Work” pointing to where he works then you followed it with “my Daddy works there”. You also point continuously at things telling us what they are.
You are trying really hard to count but usually come out with “1,2,3,8,9,10,11″ not quite right but pretty good for your age we think. Today you told me you had three books for story time and you did! You are a clever little thing and we are very proud of you too.
You don’t really have temper tantrums as such but you do shout “that’s not fair” and stamp your feet already. You have got that off your Sister and I have to try really hard not to smile because you look pretty cute doing it.
You have also started to tell me when Poppy does things …all I hear all day is “Poppy push”, “Poppy not share”, “my turn, my turn”. You are a bit of a monkey.
You are starting to understand we are having a new baby I think. I have been reading books to you and you have started to kiss my tummy and say “hello baby”. It is very sweet and makes my heart melt. You have also decided that you are too big now for things like a high chair so say the baby can have them.
You are both growing up so quickly that I am loving recording everything in these letters for when you are older.
Sisters are really special and I hope you continue to be as lovely towards each other and that you will get on just as well with your new Sister.