February 28, 2013


Dear Johnny,

Since this month has only 28 days, we are going to consider today as your 10th monthday!  You are always wonderful, but I must say that the bigger you get, the more fun we have together.  You can walk, you say things, and even though you had a couple of difficult weeks because of the teething, you are as mellow and sweet and happy as it can get.  I love you, baby!  We all love you more than we can ever hope to say.

February 20, 2013

Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.

~George W. Russell

Dear Johnny,

You get a lot of compliments.  Today a grumpy Post Office clerk said you are super cute.  Yesterday the lady at the bookstore said she's in love.  The day before a mom at the park said that you are too much, whatever that means.  You are a handsome boy, and I will be lying if I say that these compliments don't make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but let's get one thing straight - you are not growing up to be a narcissist   No sir.  I would rather teach you to see the beauty in the world around you, and inside others, than have you be too proud of your own appearance.  Good looks eventually fade, but the ability to find the good side of things is something that must be cherished until old age.

Still, not many folks can say they look as gorgeous on their passport photos :)

February 18, 2013

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.

Dear Johnny,

Sometimes I wish I was you for a weekend.  Your weekends are so much fun, and I genuinely envy you.  Then I remember that I am right there next to you all the time, and I feel good about my own weekends again :)

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.

~ Ralph W. Sockman

Dear Johnny,

They call it CCTV in Britain, Video Surveillance in the US, but we simply call in Johnnycam.  We bought one to be able to watch how you respond to your sleep training at night, but it has turned into a much more powerful - and fun - tool than that.  We also use it to watch Shelby as she prowls your room, and we check on things at home directly from our phones.  Ah, the times you live in, baby.  They are very technological, but also full of miracles.

The image of you crying your head off in your crib is not miraculous, but it makes me laugh every time.  I am sorry, but it does.  And sometimes I go in there and make funny faces at the camera.  Sue me.

February 12, 2013

It is never too late to have a happy childhood.


~ Tom Robbins

Dear Johnny,

You still wake up a few times a night, but although you have resisted sleep-training so far, you are now able to put yourself back to sleep.  This is a great news, because Mommy and Daddy surely need to catch a break.  I am happy that despite the inevitable crying in the small hours, you wake up in a great mood, and you proceed to have a wonderful day full of smiles and games and good stuff.  You are now also capable of clapping your hands, putting lids on and off boxes, matching shapes to one another, and playing on your own for extended periods of time.  You are such a nice company, Johnny.  I am thrilled to have the chance to sit beside you (most likely trying to read and unable to concentrate) and witness it all.

In other news, we bought tickets and it's official - we are all going to Bulgaria this summer!  You will love it there, baby.  I know I will, too.

February 8, 2013

One Small Step For Bearcat...

One giant leap of Mommy's heart!

Dear Johnny,

You took your first steps on your own today.  You are 9 months 1 week old.  Not too shabby, baby.  Not shabby at all!

(please watch in HD)

February 3, 2013

Let's Make Lemonade!

Dear Johnny,

You turned 9 months last week.  Mommy was too busy to post this up until today because she started her new job and because she was going through some rough patches (hint: you are not going to be a big brother...yet).  But today is a good day, and I am ready to roll again.

On your 9th monthday, I took you to the back yard, gave you some lemons, watched you make funny faces at the sour taste, and took a gazillion photos of you.  Needless to say, you are the most beautiful creature I've ever seen.