Letter to my wild birds: 47 months and 7.5 months
June 24, 2013

Dear Charlotte and Evelyn,

Yesterday morning we woke up slowly.  After your father left for work, I heard the telltale pitter patter of little feet crossing the bedroom floor and felt a tug at my shirt.  And then “Hey Momma!  Let’s make Evelyn laugh!”

So we did.  All three of us snuggled under the covers, giggling and tickling and starting the day off.

One day we will live under different roofs.  One day life will take you both away from here, expose you to fantastic new ideas, tug you in exciting new directions, and these days will be forgotten.  So while I soak up these moments, I find myself hoping that they are enough to build a strong foundation of love, respect, and sisterhood between the two of you.  May you always delight in one another’s company.  May you always appreciate making each other laugh.

May you always be the very best of friends.


You ask me every day if we can work on your letters.  Yesterday we picked up the first Draw Write Now book and you ended up spending almost two hours looking at the instructions and trying to mimic the illustrations.  Then you wanted my help writing snippets about each one.  I love watching you learn!

Charlotte, these days you are a wonder to behold.  You pick up new skills and concepts at the drop of a hat.  Lately you have been experimenting with language quite a bit and suddenly our house is filled with idioms.  You ask me to “check this out” and tell your father that you are “not in the mood” for something and you are forever trying to negotiate with us.

At the moment you are also very inquisitive.  You ask questions all day long and I am forever reminding you that it is just as important to relish a little silence here and there as it is to seek answers.  You are so busy asking questions that even meals are just a pesky interruption.  Why should we eat when you could spend all of that time chewing drilling me about whether or not I’ve ever seen a lizard with green blood?

(No, by the way.  No, I have not.  Now let me eat my breakfast in peace, please.)

Recently you have been particularly interested in archery, something you first heard about a year ago when we started reading Robin Hood to you.  More recently we showed you the movie “Brave,” and boom, all of that interest that had been brewing just ran over.  Last week when we were in the garden you ran off and found a sturdy C-shaped stick.  You announced that it was a bow and you immediately knew that you wanted to make it into a proper one.  You asked your father to notch an arrow and tie a string connected the edges of the stick.

Every spare minute of the last several days at our house has been filled with flying arrows.

Crikeys, darling, I love you at this age.  I love absolutely everything about you.


You are a very pensive, observant baby and you make me earn your smiles.  Luckily I don’t mind working for them.  You have six teeth now and your hair is nearly blonde.  It cracks everyone up that the hair in the center of your head is a couple inches longer than the fuzz you have on the rest of your head.  You have chubbed up so much that your knees have dimples.  I love it!

Evie, you are a whirlwind of learning and doing right now.  You crawl and scoot and cruise and chomp and giggle and explore.  Your two greatest milestones of late are these: you love to pull yourself up on tables and grope around at everything you see, and you love food.

This latter interest has been particularly fascinating because your sister, well, did not.  Despite all of our over-eager-first-time-parent plans and purees, Charlotte was over a year old before she began to consistently care about solid food.  She choked and sputtered constantly on even the most benign dribbles of food.

You, on the other hand, gum down whole chunks of food and wave your arms about expecting more.  You lunge at food, mouth agape, like a starving animal and you frequently smack your mouth and make contented sounds as you chew.  If I am eating ANYTHING in your presence, you expect a bite too, thank you very much.

What an enthusiastic little eater you are, my dove.  I love it!

At this stage in the game, people frequently ask about your sleeping habits.  The truth is that I never know how to answer this.  No, you don’t sleep through the night – but as long as I get a couple consecutive hours of sleep here I can still function.  We waited a long time for you to join our family, darling.  To us, you are precious and perfect and an absolute delight, no matter how little you sleep.

We never really saw you coming, Evelyn.  But we are so glad that you did.  You and your sister brighten our lives in ways we never could have imagined.

We love you both more than bears love honey (and everybody knows that’s an awful lot),
Momma and Daddy


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  1. By on June 25, 2013

    Beautiful post, beautiful girls.

  2. By on June 25, 2013

    Lovely!! I am annoyed by the sleeping question! Whenever I tell anyone about how my baby has made it easy on us or that he’s such a good baby, the next question is “oh, he’s sleeping really well?“. Well, no, he’s waking up twice still and he’s nearly a year old, but who cares when makes up for it awake? I personally would much rather a little worse of a sleeper that’s a happy baby during the day than visa versa…

  3. By Sarah Christensen on June 26, 2013

    Mitzie - Thank you!  I think they’re lovely too, but I suppose I’m biased =)

    Mira - I’m surprised so many people care, honestly.  When Charlotte was little, I don’t remember so many people asking?

    Or maybe I just forgot?  Who knows?

  4. By on July 03, 2013

    So cute! Love them! And I also adore the ‘nearly 4’...I had no idea how super clever a four year old can be. A full on conversation? Wow!

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  8. By Lansing Stamped Concrete on June 02, 2014

    Lovely!! I am annoyed by the sleeping question! Whenever I tell anyone about how my baby has made it easy on us or that he’s such a good baby, the next question is “oh, he’s sleeping really well?“. Well, no, he’s waking up twice still and he’s nearly a year old, but who cares when makes up for it awake? I personally would much rather a little worse of a sleeper that’s a happy baby during the day than visa versa…


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