10:57

Dear Lena,

April 13 2010 10:57am

April 13 2011 10:57am

10:57 am changed my life 2 years ago and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Love, Mutti

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23 + 2

Dear Lena,

You my little love are 23 months and 2 days. I cannot believe you are almost 2. Thursday marks the day that 2 years ago I went into labor with you the first time. ¬†Your Vati and I were excited and scared. We were only 35 weeks and a few days. Not incredibly early, but early. Your Nana and MmGally drove down so they wouldn’t miss your entrance. It was St.Patricks day so Vati was super excited, we walked up and down Park Ave, stopping at Kathleens of Dublin to pick up the cutest little bonnet with a shamrock on the side.

Fortunately you decided to bake a little longer. My labor never really stopped, but you stayed put for another month warm and cozy in your water bed.

When we ask you what you want for your birthday you happily exclaim “Cupcakes”! Mutti was planning on making a cake, but I may just have to make cupcakes for the Birthday Girl.

Mein Madchen.

Liebe,

Mutti

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Sound of Silence

Dear Lena,

There is a copycat. They know who they are. Mutti was annoyed. I am over it. Back to you my lovely.

You speak in beautiful sentences now.

“Mutti is here. Lena is funny. Hi Kahnny-Cakes. Lena loves you. Would you like watch puppy show?”

That last one is my favorite for sure. You have found that if you politely turn your wants into a question aimed at us we have a hard time resisting the cuteness.

“Would you like eat beebo? Would you like go walkine? Would you like go shoppine?”

You are more and more like your Memaw every day. You love tv and shopping. We limit the first but the second is fun because you are an excellent window shopper. You are content walking in and out of stores, passing your free hand (the other is always firmly laced with my hand) along racks of shirts, slacks, dresses, Jacke, scarves. You pick up books, look at them, rearrange a few, then gently place them back where they came from.

You love to build towers with blocks still. You happily stand back so I can snap a picture, then you run quickly over to see the little Lena next to the tall stack of blocks on Muttis phone.

“Lena is here!” you smile while pointing to yourself.

Yes, my Lena, you are here. Of that we are eternally and entirely grateful.

Love,
Mutti

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20 pictures of the side of your face.

Dear Lena,

This is you washing your hands after going to the bathroom. You like to lay across the changing table with your hands in the sink. This is one of many attempts by me to take a picture of you today (yesterday) that was foiled by your refusal to look at me.

Whatever, busy bee.

Love,

Mutti

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Return of the Len-i

Dear Lena,

We got you home from Memaw and Papa’s house (Thank you M&P) this afternoon. I missed you so much last night I slept terribly….as in I woke up every couple of hours wondering if you were sleeping or awake or sad or grouchy. The hardest for me was the 4 am wake-up (you usually join us in ‘big bed’ around this time) and according to M&P this is the time you woke up asking to see Mutti?

I couldn’t wait to wrap my arms around your little self, complete with funny bed head mohawk. You requested we look on the patio to watch Papa drive away. I know how much you love it at your Memaw and Papa’s but I know that you also love to be home. We love having you home.

Love,

Mutti

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Hello

Dear Lena,

Happy New Year!
Funny story about last night… Vati has pneumonia and slept in the living room last night. You woke up at around 3:30 and wandered into the living room where Vati was luckily awake. You said hello, Vati asked if you wanted him to take you to the “big bed” (mutti and vati’s bed) to which you happily replied “allllright!”.

I wonder if you do this every night, we might need to set up a video camera and find out!

Love,
Mutti

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Goodbye

Dear Lena,

Goodnight 2010. We enjoyed you. You made us sad. We laughed. We cried. We grew. Goodnight 2010. Good Morning 2011.

Love,
Mutti

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