Letter to my Monsteroo: 14 months.
September 24, 2010

Dear Charlotte,

When I look back at this past month, I am overwhelmed by how much fun we’ve had together.  I never dreamed that parenting could ever be this wonderful.  Sometimes I look at you while we’re playing together, while we’re laughing together, while we’re loving together, and I am curious: are you enjoying yourself as much as I am?

Somehow, I think you are.

The rate at which you are growing and learning these days is unbelievable.  It’s like one day a couple weeks ago, puzzle pieces just began fitting together.  Suddenly, you understand everything.  When your father asks you to bring him a specific book to read, you will search everywhere – in different rooms, under piles, in the bookcase – until you find it.  When I ask you to meet me in the kitchen, you toddle off toward the kitchen, beckoning me to follow you.  And when I tell you that we are going to the park and then it takes us awhile to leave, you shove your hands in my face every chance you can.  PARK!, you sign.  PARK PARK PARK.

Or SLIDE or SWING or TREE.  Whatever.  You like to mix things up when you make unyielding demands.

You are also picking up vocabulary at an astounding pace.  For example, sometime this month, you learned to identify numerous animals and to locate most of your body parts.  MOST is, of course, the operative word in that sentence.  You cannot find your shoulders to save your life – every time I ask where your shoulders are, you look very confused, like, WHAT ARE THESE SHOULDERS YOU SPEAK OF, OH WOMAN WHO MERELY BIRTHED ME?

One of the really cool things about this past month, though, has been all the adventures we’ve had.  We’ve baked graham crackers and made play-dough and spent hours wading barefoot through mud.  We’ve visited libraries and museums, art centers and cultural activity groups, parks and nature conservatories, splash pads and dog beaches.  We’ve planted vegetable seeds and taken chalk to the driveway and squeezed orange juice and hunted praying mantises.  We’ve seen a parade, visited a historical fair, watched tree trimmers at work, and whizzed down at least ten thousand slides.  We’ve had all sorts of messy, thrilling escapades – and you always have a blast.

The older you get, the more your father and I realize that you have made us a family.  We love having you in our life, teaching you about your world and watching you develop that iconic toddler sense of wonder.  We love reading you bedtime stories, laughing as you make animal sounds with us, taking evening walks with you on our shoulders, and just hanging out with you on slow mornings.  We love you, plain and simple, more than we could ever put down in words.

So keep growing, my love.  Keep changing, keep moving, keep learning, keep having fun, keep spraying me up the nose with the garden hose and laughing like a maniac.  Keep smiling.  Keep exploring.  Keep encouraging me to be a better woman and a better parent.  Just keep being you.  I loved the baby you were, Charlotte, but I have to admit: I love the toddler you are even more.  And I cannot wait to see what this next month will bring.

We love you more than bears love honey (and everyone knows that’s an awful lot!)
Momma and Daddy

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  1. By Kim on September 24, 2010

    She’s such a cutie pie! My Charlotte is 2 months old today and I’m trying to enjoy every single precious minute with her because she has already changed so much!!!!!

  2. By Bethany on September 24, 2010

    Beautiful letter to Charlotte. But even more beautiful, her little blonde wisps of hair that are glowing in the sunlight in your first picture. Perfection!

  3. By Lyndsey on September 24, 2010

    baked graham crackers?

  4. By Sarah Christensen on September 24, 2010

    Kim - Enjoy it!!  Also, obviously I’m partial, but you clearly have great taste in names =)

    Lyndsey - They’re actually really tasty.  Not as sweet as store-bought ones, but it took like half an hour to make the dough and bake them, and every time we have little kids over for family dinners or whatever, they always go crazy for them.

    You just have to be careful not to overdo the molasses.  Not that I would know anything about that…

  5. By Christian on September 24, 2010

    I can’t imagine my little 18 day old being that big, brings a tear to me wee eye just thinking about it…

  6. By Tracy Roberts on September 24, 2010

    The puzzle pieces fitting together like everything is suddenly clicking, so true!!!

  7. By beyond on September 24, 2010

    she looks like a little girl and less like a toddler now. cute kid!

  8. By Lyndsey on September 25, 2010

    would you care to tell the recipe?

  9. By frehmom on September 25, 2010

    What a cute post!  My baby is only 7 months old and this gets me so excited for the toddler stage!!!  At every age I think “it can’t get better than this” ... and then it does.  what a cute little girl :)

  10. By Cynthia A on September 25, 2010

    She is adorable Sarah!  I love how she is looking like a toddler!  It is all in the face, I think it has changed shape a little in the last months!  She is adorable and what fun adventures you guys have had!  I love how each and every month the adventures change based on their new found sense of the world and of their environment.  Keep having fun!

  11. By elizabeth Mackey on September 25, 2010

    *Sigh*........Love the first picture so much! Her little eyes have so much behind them. Mostly I see joy in them, so yes she is having a lot of fun I think :)

  12. By on September 26, 2010

    interesting, bookmarked and link from my blog.

  13. By on September 26, 2010

    she is getting cuter and cuter everytime I see a new picture toO!
    adorable!! I remember these days of play and intense learning!! so much fuN!!!
    keep loving and enjoying her!
    you are an AMAZING Mama!

  14. By Amber on September 26, 2010

    Another beautiful letter to your beautiful little girl. Since she is about two weeks older than Nate I love reading your letters for IDEAS. Make playdough? We need to that too! Barefoot in the mud? Well, maybe we’ll skip that one for now :)

  15. By The Vamp Tramp on September 27, 2010

    Fourteen months? Are you sure??? She is so adorable. (It’s scary that fourteen months have already passed.)

  16. By Sarah Christensen on September 27, 2010

    Amber - Making play-dough is alot of fun.  Also, something I just tried for the first time this week was making ‘play dough’ that was actually cookie dough.  After we were done playing (really, she just mixed it up with her hands), I mixed it smooth and…mmmm =)  Best play-dough ever.





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