Monday, November 14, 2011

Dear Brooks,

Hi there sweet boy! Goodness it's been much too long since I've written you!

So, my little munchkin...we've been going through a bit of a phase...you and I have both been working on communicating with each other better. It's been so fun seeing your little personality come out more and more each day. But I can see you struggling with not being able to tell me, in words, what you want or need. When you get your mind on something that you want, you stick with it. You point, grunt, scream, say "peeeeeaaa!" (please) but I only know what all that means half the time...so we play the guessing game. A lot. Which I can only imagine is so frustrating for you. I'm also trying to be more patient and use the word "no" less...it's become your favorite word as of late, and I sadly think it's because of me. Brooks I love you. More than words can say. And this whole mom-gig is better than I imagined! But a lot harder too... I am so grateful for your patience with me. And I plan to keep working with you until we get it right. Your Daddy and I are always praying for you...never forget that.

You're napping right now, and I couldn't help but look through my phone at some sweet pictures of you I've captured the last couple weeks...goodness you make me smile!! While you have had plenty of sass recently, you sure know how to bring such joy into our home :)

Lately you've looooooooooved helping me with the dishes. As I load them into the dishwasher, you'll unload them by taking out the bowls and lining them up along the bench in the kitchen. Then you'll proceed to stack them...then put them back...and repeat. I'm not sure why you weren't wearing a shirt in these pictures, but I like it :)
The weekend before last, when your Aunt Corrie came to visit, we enjoyed granny smith apples dipped in caramel...and you mainly enjoyed the sticky caramel :) (and do you see the dry erase marker in your chin? yep, you're getting creative on canvases other than the white board and paper)
You and the park...a match made in heaven. Even with the temperatures dropping you have still loved it!! All you need is your beanie and a thermos of hot cocoa and you're good to go! Last time when we pulled up you about had a heart-attack of happiness because you could see the park through the windshield, we both starting clapping and cheering, it was the cutest thing.
Love you (and your heart-melting smile) forever,
Mom

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Spiritual Health:
"...Look unto God with firmness of mind, and pray unto him with exceeding faith, and he will console you in your afflictions, and he will plead your cause..." --Jacob 3:1

Physical Health:
Elliptical for 30 minutes, crunches, jumping jacks, and planks...bring on the burn!

18 comments:

Gentri said...

This is the sweetest post! He is so cute! :)

jordan said...

I cannot get over how adorable his curly hair is!!!

Emma said...

What a handsome little man! LOVE his hair. So adorable. Do you take these photos on your iphone? If so, you've sold me on it. They're fantastic!

Shawntae @ alittlekingandi said...

You are the sweetest mama!
He is getting sooo big and he is so cute. You are so so blessed.

J+K=Fly said...

I love the letters you write to your little boy. Taking care of a baby is hard, i can only imagine taking care of a toddler. You can hear the love you have for him in your writing. i love it.

Nicole Marie said...

what is it with kids and the dishes! my brothers loves it too! and washing the dishes. and vacuuming! it's hysterical!

Katie Warner said...

I loved this post! :) What cute pictures of your sweet Brooks. I think you are such a great mom.

Megan and Justin said...

his hair is amazing. seriously i love it!! what a sweet letter :)

Kati Howard said...

Haley, I can totally relate to the 'not being to fully communicate with your kid' thing. It's equally frustrating for them as it as for us. Sounds like you're being such a good mama. :)

Alli said...

Aww, I love that you clapped when you got to the park. These photos are precious and I love that you write to him periodically. I'd love to do that with my 'future children'. :) Brooks looks older every time I stop by your blog I swear!

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

this little post is just so sweet. i can see how much you love your baby. and all of these images are just as precious as can be!! adore!
xo TJ

Chelsea said...

cute pics.

Eva Marie said...

oh what a handsome little muffin you have there..

Loving all the sweet little memories you have stored of Brooks, like doing the dishes and park days .. one day when we are older we are really going to miss these sweet sweet memories

Mel said...

I've been out of blogging for a while, but I'm back! And boy oh boy has that boy grown! He is so gorgeous, I love those curls! Glad do see your family is just as sweet and happy as ever :)

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

Another sweet, sweet letter, Mama! You and Brooks are in that tough spot....where communication gets a little complicated sometimes. In no time, the words will be spilling from his cute little mouth...and all will be well! :)

He is looking EXTRA precious these days. Love his hair...reminds me a lot of another very special little guy I know. ;)

& that last pic? PERFECTION. That photo needs to be under the word HAPPY in the dictionary.

Britney said...

Oh haley look at how big he is! I loved reading your darling letter to your beautiful boy. He's such a sweet little one and I love that you two are such best friends. He'll definitely cherish these moments that you've captured of him and the sweet words you've written him. What a beautiful, loving, and lovely mother you are :)

jenny redford said...

Your little one is so sweet! love that face. Love your spiritual and physical health goals. Great way to look at it.

Marlene Fredricks said...

I'm really impressed with the quality of the pictures you are getting with your phone! They're beautiful!

Also, I think your letters to Brooks are so precious and I'm sure they will mean a lot to him someday.

I know this will sound funny, but the thought crossed my mind when I finished reading this one, that it actually felt nurturing to me as the reader!

Thanks for sharing, and for your sweet example.

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