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Dear Carter at 5.5, Collin at 3.5 and Rory at 9/10 months,

on Apr 18, 2015

Dearest kiddos, I just went back and read the last McKay state of the union post from last January and I can’t believe how much you have all grown up since then.  (Especially you, Rory, since you were still in my belly!) Carter, you get taller and smarter every day.  You are such a string bean, tall and skinny, and you have SO much energy!  Your latest move is doing the funny chicken dance you learned from Walker at school, and you do it to make Rory laugh and sometimes when you don’t feel like answering our questions (or you just stick your tongue out at us…you can be delightful!). VPK has been so good for you this year.  I was so nervous when we found out that you were in a class with none of the kids from your class last year, and I was so afraid you would have a hard time.  But instead you’ve just flourished even more.  Mrs. Hibbens and Mrs. Karalis have...

Dear Carter at 51 months, Collin at 28 months (and Rory at 21 weeks pregnant),

on Jan 25, 2014

Dear Boys, I had to stop and count on my fingers how many months old you are now in January 2014.  When you were little, this was a given, but once you started getting into the “teen-months” and then up over 2 years, it got harder and harder to keep track of just how many months had passed since you came into our lives.  Now I have a 4 year old and 2 year old, but for the purposes of these state of the union posts, it’s good to capture exactly how old you are at this moment. Carter, you are growing up so fast.  We have seen such a change in you these past few months as you’ve finally started mastering the independence we’ve encouraged you to find.  You started pre-school last August with pure hysterics for the first month and a half because you didn’t want me to leave you there.  Despite always having a great time and a smile on your face whenever I...

Dear Collin at 22.5 Months

on Jul 26, 2013

Dear Collin, 22.5 months may not seem like an important milestone to mark, but it’s the age Carter was the day you were born and this time around it just so happens to be the same time we started trying to have your future brother or sister.  It amazes me when I look back at little Carter and how big I thought he was at this age, then look at you, my baby, for whom I’m unwilling to mentally flip the page from baby to boy.  (Don’t worry, I’ll get there eventually.) It’s so special to watch your personality develop as you find your voice and choose your words. Speaking of words, your favorites are:  NOOOOOO!  MINNNNNE!  STOOOOOOOP! and MEEEEEEEE!  Which goes to show that you are most certainly a toddler now, and entering into those perilous terrible twos.  After months and months of the mellow boy, you’ve decided that it’s time to stand up for...

Dear Collin at 18 Months

on Mar 14, 2013

Dear Collin, When I was pregnant with you, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like having two children.  Your Auntie Lauren told me that the moment I first saw you, my heart would double in size, and she was so right!  I instantly fell in love with your squishy face, your dark hair (just like mine) and your sweet nature.   Having you, my second baby, was so different from when I first had your brother.  I knew what I was doing this time around.  I was calmer, which I think made me a better mother.  Carter may have gotten more of my undivided attention as a baby, but you benefitted from my experience, your Dada’s experience, and from having your brother around, too.  (Though I do give YOU most of the credit for your easygoing nature.)  Having you around as a newborn was never a struggle, and you were just so content as a baby.  You loved tagging along with me in the Baby...

Dear Carter at 20 Months

on Jun 19, 2011

Dear Carter, Wow, 20 months already?! My little guy is not so little anymore. You’re getting closer and closer to being a big brother, and thankfully you keep getting more and more ready with each passing month. I just wanted to take a few moments to capture you in all of your brilliance at 20 months. I know how easily I forget exactly when you did what (and a lot of this has been going on for a while) but I just wanted to document it here for posterity. 🙂 – You know most of the alphabet (still mix up a few letters here and there) and can identify most of the letters, match letters if there is more than one of a kind, and are starting to learn the alphabet song with me. – You can count 1 to 10 well, sometimes up to 20, and are starting to understand how to count things…you definitely understand when there are a few items, but get a little mixed up when there are...

Dear Carter at 18 Months

on Apr 16, 2011

Dear Carter, I’ve started a letter to you in my head about a million times, but somehow I never find the time to sit down and write it. I’m constantly making mental notes to myself to remember this, or write that down, so that I can remember all of the wonderful, endearing qualities about you at this age (and really, every age), but since my memory isn’t what it used to be and I know it’s not getting any better, I’m finally forcing myself to sit down and write you this letter as your turn a year and a half old, despite the fact that as you well know, your mom is a big sap, and I’m already teary as I write. Let me start by saying that I really wasn’t prepared for just how much I would love you. Before you were born, I spent a lot of time imagining what life would be like as a mommy, but nothing could really prepare me for you. Being your mother...