Two Years, Six Months

Dear Rachel,

Earlier this week, you turned 2 1/2 years old on the same day your Grandpa Rick turned 61. It was so nice to be able to spend a birthday with Dad again. Grandma made dinner, and you helped bake the cake!


This has been a really big month for you. There are two things in particular that have happened this month that will forever alter your life.


The first is that your Grandma Connie and Grandpa Rick have moved to Texas for the winter. Even though it’s just three months, I have a feeling it’s going to have a really big impact on your life. When you think back on your childhood, years from now, I’m very glad that you’ll have so many memories of the times you spent with your grandparents.


The other big thing is that this was the month we found out that you will have a little brother or sister. You’ve been the only child for so long, and now that’s going to change. I’m not sure how it’s all going to turn out, but in less than a year, life as you know it will completely change. We think you understand that there is a baby coming, because you’ll tell us that, yes, you’re going to be a big sister, and you tell us that Mommy has a baby in her tummy. I’m just not sure how much you understand it because you say it like it’s no big deal. But it’s s really big deal.

Hmmm...wonder what that could be about?

Your speech is improving dramatically every day, and you’re repeating almost everything we say to you. It seems like every day you wake up with new concepts and words that you’ve learned, and sometimes we wonder where you learn things.

Are you ready to rock?

Your potty training is coming along, but you’re still not ready to drop the diapers yet. You’re perfectly happy to pee in your diaper all day until we make you sit on the potty. We’re trying really hard to get you to go more often, but I guess you’re just not there yet.

Fashion Queen

I’m amazed at how much you’re remembering these days. It started several months ago when you’d tell us about something you did a few days back, but now you are really remembering long term things (at least in regards to your age.) When Nana and Dodd are here, you talk a lot about the subway from when we were in New York almost 6 months ago. “We go WHOOOOOOOOOA on sub-ay tain!” It makes me wonder what your earliest memory will be when you grow up.

Trapped Barbies

Whatever it is, I hope it’s a happy one.

We love you very much.


Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is Dad’s 61st birthday. Sixty one, and still going strong.

This was the first time in several years that we’ve been able to celebrate Dad’s birthday with him in person. It’s so nice to have Mom and Dad down here for a few months, even if it is temporary.

Rachel is thoroughly enjoying her time with Nanna and Dodd, and I think the feeling is mutual.

Happy Birthday Dad, and many more to come!

We all love you very much!