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Mila | 1 month

Our dearest Miss Mila is 1 month old! It’s hard to believe she’s been with us for that long already. Here’s an update on her happenings:

  • Takes 4 naps a day (if we’re lucky)
  • Nurses every 3 hours during the day
  • Sleeps one 5.5 hour stretch at night, and wakes up 2 times (if all goes well)
  • Holds her head up quite well
  • Started smiling (see below!)

My dearest baby girl, we love you so much.

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Christmas 2012

Something happens when you have a child. Christmas transforms into this even more magical time of year. You cherish every moment.

As per the norm, we drove up to New Jersey to spend Christmas with my Mom, Dad, and sister. I was a little nervous about how Elliot would do during the long car ride, but he did surprisingly well. He only really started to fuss during the last hour, which was great considering we were on the road for a total of 8 hours.

Christmas Eve dinner consisted of traditional Ukrainian food, and of course my Mom knocked it out of the park! So so good. Elliot enjoyed his first tastes as well! My Aunt Jane, Uncle Artie and cousin, AJ, joined in on the feast… it was so nice to be together as a family again.

Christmas Day started with gifts, and I had so much fun watching Elliot play with the wrapping paper. I could tell he wasn’t too sure about what was going on (he gets very quiet and serious when he’s processing things), but he had a good time.

I love my family. I’m so thankful for everything. Happy 2013!

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9 months old

Dear Elliot,

I’m a day late, but I’ve been sick for the last few days and this month has been busy!

I hate to start this letter off with bad news, but your Great Uncle Dietmar passed away the Monday before Thanksgiving. He was my Uncle (Vweko in Ukrainian) and Godfather, and a great, hard-working man. He will be missed by many. I flew to Berlin, Germany with Babcha and Teta Lida to be with the rest of our family for his funeral. It was a sad trip, but it was so nice to spend time with everyone. I wish you could have met him, but one day I’ll tell you all about him and hopefully after that you’ll feel like you have.

Now on to some happy news! You have a new cousin from Aunt Charity and Uncle Chris! He was born on Thursday night and his name is Cody. We met him today and he’s so little and so precious. It’s hard to believe you were that small only 9 months ago. He’s your cousin closest in age, and I hope you will be great friends!

As for milestones, something very exciting happened this month… you said Mama! And now you just won’t stop saying it. That’s okay because it’s music to my ears! Daddy and I are trying to teach you to say Dada now, but no luck so far. I know you’ll just blurt it out one day and it’ll make Daddy SO happy.

You’re not walking yet, but you’re getting really close. Though, if it were up to me I’d have you wait at least another 3 months. I’m not ready for a walker yet. I can’t barely keep up with a crawler! I’ll be so proud when you take your first steps though, regardless of when it happens.

Until next time…

Love,
Mama

6 months = food!

Dear Elliot,

Well, you’re officially 6 months old! When you were first born I remember looking forward to this age SO much, but now that it’s here I wish I could hit the rewind button. It’s not that I don’t want you to keep growing (I do, I do!), but time is flying by. Every time I get used you being a certain age, and you being able to do certain things, you learn something new and it changes the game. If nothing else, it keeps me on my toes!

As evident from the photo above, we’ve started to feed you solid food. How exciting! You haven’t ingested all that much yet, but you’re doing a great job exploring all the different tastes and textures. So far so good. I’m glad we decided to go with baby led weaning instead of mush, and obviously Eegor is as well!

This past month we also transitioned you from a combo 3-3.5 hour schedule to a 4 hour schedule. I am really thankful because it makes life a lot easier. Our next schedule change will be dropping your 3rd nap of the day, but you’re not quite ready for that yet.

And last but certainly not least, you are trying oh so hard to crawl. You are getting so close, and I think by this time next month you’ll have it mastered. For now, you are rocking and scooting as much as you can.

Thanks for being such a sweet, adorable and well behaved little man.

Love,
Mama

5 years

Ben and I were married 5 years ago today, but oftentimes it feels like it’s been much longer, and other times much less. Today I woke up and thought about just how much has happened since we were married. The biggest and most obvious being the fact that we now have a son! It makes my heart SO happy to see Ben and Elliot together, playing, laughing and smiling. I couldn’t imagine having a family with anyone else.

Benjamin, I love you, and I’m so happy I get to spend the rest of my life with you. You’re an amazing, patient, and loving husband and father.