April 2010

Dear Girls,

I realized as I started writing this that I’d taken fewer pictures of the two of you than in any month since you were both born. Note to self: start taking more pictures.

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Emily, you got tubes in your ears this past month, and what a difference it has made! The surgery literally took 10 minutes. They wheeled you in, I went to get food and as I was walking into the waiting room, the doctor was coming out to tell us that you were all done. They sucked a bunch of gunk out of your Eustachian tubes – it was so bad that they called it “glue ear.” You’ve had a little bit of congestion here and there since the operation, but you haven’t been on any antibiotics, which is wonderful.

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You still haven’t gotten any teeth, not that we’re really worried. We know they’re in there…they’re just taking their time to come out. You also haven’t started crawling…yet. But you’re getting there. You will scoot yourself across your room backward on your tummy, but you haven’t gotten the control thing down yet. You can’t really direct yourself where you want to go. You’re so close, and I suspect you’ll get it sometime next month.

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Rachel, you are on a HUGE princess kick, and I don’t know how long that’s going to last. You know every single one of the Disney princesses, even though you haven’t seen all of the movies. Your grandparents gave you “The Princess and the Frog” before they left, and you love to watch that. The Easter Bunny brought you “Snow White,” and I downloaded Sleeping Beauty for you, so you’ve got three movies that you want to watch all. the. time. We’ve had to have some talks with you about going outside to play, and how watching movies is something special, and that if you watch movies all the time, it won’t be special anymore. But at least once a day, you ask if you can watch one of your princess movies.

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You are becoming quite the girly girl. Not that you ever weren’t, but now it’s becoming almost too girly for me to handle. You love wearing dresses, and you want to put clips upon clips upon clips in your hair every day. You love to twirl so that your dress spins around. You want to BE a princess when you get older, and I’m a little worried that you just might be. We’ve been talking about putting you in soccer this summer, so maybe that will help toughen you up a bit.

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I was going to write how both of you had been healthy this past month, but I just remembered that Rachel got really sick at school one day. You had been coughing all weekend, and when you went to school on Monday, all of the yuck that you’d been coughing up and swallowing all weekend finally came up. Ten times. Before lunch. Then you got prescribed an antibiotic that you had a bad reaction to, which made you more sick. We stopped that right away, and after a few days you were right as rain. But it was not a fun week. Especially since it fell during Fiesta.

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Emily, despite not having any teeth, you’re eating everything in sight. It seems like you’re hungry all the time. From the time you get home, until we put you to bed, you’re eating. You will try to eat almost anything we put in front of you, but your favorites, by far, are flavored puffs (which are made just for babies) and saltine crackers. You’re getting really good at putting things into your mouth, and you’ve started using just your index finger and thumb to pick things up. You are also starting to drink from a sippy cup. So far, we’ve just given you water and apple juice, and the apple juice makes you make funny faces. I guess it’s still a little tangy for you.

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We’re heading into summer after next month, so your mother is going to be spending a lot of time with both of you. We have some adventures planned for our family this summer, too, which we’re looking forward to. We can’t wait to see what the next month brings for the two of you. We love you very much.

Love,
Daddy

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