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Since having Scarlett, I have enjoyed completing a variety of baby books and journals. Even when I was pregnant, I completed a beautiful memory book, month-to-month, that I kept and will be able to look at later on with her.
I found a book a few years back that I knew I was going to get, along with the pregnancy book. The book is called Letters To You. It is written by Miriam Hathaway and published by Compendium.
This book has such beautiful details from year one all the way to 18 years. You complete a “letter”, along with a few additional messages and memories from that year all the way to their 18th birthday.
It is simple, fun & neutral. I love the idea of reading it through out the years together or saving it for their graduation or wedding gift.
Since we just celebrated Scarlett’s second birthday, I wanted to share her second-year memories and my letter to her.
To always be there for others, no matter who they are. After a year of tough trials in our world and country, raising you has shown me how important love, acceptance, understanding, and forgiveness is. Keep building your empathy sweet girl.
Someone you love is playing with you. You love to have a great time. Music and dancing make you so excited that sometimes you start laughing and giggling uncontrollably. You love getting tickled and jumping on the bed. Of course, right before bedtime! You laugh when you are with your cousins having fun, like at the park or hanging out at home. You also are starting to laugh and understand fun cartoons, like Elmo on Sesame Street and Curious George.
Talk and learn all new words! You have always been eager to tell us what your needs are, so starting off with signing helped you do just that. On your first birthday, you had a dozen favorite words, like Tuck-Tuck and Dada. Now, you repeat everything. You have great manners, with lots of pleases, thank you’s and your welcomes. You usually say them all together, back to back, which is pretty cute.
Read lots and lots of books. We cannot get enough of reading and all the fun we have when doing it. This year, you were much more engaged with your books. After some snuggles in our pajamas with books, we then brush our teeth while listening to the Elmo song. You love it & stay nice & still for Dada and Mama. We then say goodnight to pictures, Tucker and Daddy’s disc golf discs. We then sing our ABC’s, tuck you in with lots of love & off to sleep you go.
Watching you help others. You have such a kind and sweet heart. Whether someone is hurt or sad, you go to comfort them. Always keep this loving trail and never change that. Empathy is very hard to come by these days.
After another year, I can say that I am the luckiest Mommy in the world. Since you were born, your sweet demeanor has radiated. As you grew this year, you learned more independence, more vocabulary and you learned that the world is much bigger than just your home. After this year, I wanted to make a list of your best and most unforgettable moments.
Your first birthday celebration
Meeting Santa again and not digging him
Experiencing snow days with Mommy & Daddy
Watching Hockey and loving it
Coloring art at school is your favorite
Celebrated cousin Alex’s first birthday
Cousin Joey’s birthday was right afterward
Cardiology appointment went great
Your first zoo trip on Mother’s Day
Ready for summertime in 18-month gear
Lots of park and water time this summer
4th of July parades & fireworks were fun
Baseball games galore
Your first camping trip with family
Celebrated turning 2
This year has been so special. Your Daddy and I are so proud and can’t wait to watch you grow.
Here are my 5 Unique Styles of Baby Books that you can start on today…it is never too late to start writing down those special moments.