Happy 1st Birthday, PFG Girl!

1st birthdayDear PFG Girl,
Today is your first birthday! It is amazing to think that a year ago, Mommy and Daddy weren’t expecting to see you. Unlike your brother, you were excited to enter this world and you came two weeks early. Surrounded by your many aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins, you entered this world and had everyone’s love from day one… especially your big brother’s!

Maybe one day he will grow tired of you but he loves you more than anything in the world. We will see if this continues as you grow older and try to hang out with him and his friends!

Your birth marked an interesting time in our lives, Mommy decided to start her own business out of the house to stay at home with you and your brother. Daddy was still enjoying his job at the Community College and PFG boy was just about to start preschool at a new school (little did we know you were going to arrive two days before school started). A little less than a month after you were born, we had a major flood in our basement and we are still dealing with some of the aftereffects. We are just grateful that you were so young that you won’t remember the chaos.

PFG girl, you are the happiest and most easy going baby one-year old we have ever met. You go with the flow of our crazy and ever-changing lives. You love the attention from all of your cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents. You love to laugh and play and listen to the drums at services.

You just started pulling yourself up and you are finally getting your top front tooth… don’t most babies get a canine tooth first? You just started rolling a ball back to Mommy and me. You love Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck and the way you hold your sippy cup reminds us of your brother. (Wait isn’t the cup supposed to be held against your face to soothe you? The liquid inside is just a bonus!)

There isn’t a food that we have introduced to you that you don’t like and you love to feed yourself. You love to giggle with your brother and when you both get going, the whole house becomes full of laughter.

We are so excited to watch you continue to grow and learn. From taking your first steps to speaking your first words, we know this next year will be full of growth and memories.

We love you so much and are so glad we are your parents!

Love,
Mommy and Daddy

 

 

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Letters to Our Kids: Happy 6 Months PFG Girl

Kids Email AddressWelcome to a new addition to the Pure Family Gold blog, letters to PFG Girl and PFG Boy.  On big occasions (ie. birthdays), we will write letters to our kids.  Additionally, some of these letters will be added to a new project that we are starting (see the picture to the right) where we are starting email addresses for PFG girl and PFG boy to highlight milestones in their lives over the years.  We will probably set up the email addresses but give them to them earlier than their 18th birthdays. 

Dear PFG Girl,
Happy 6 months of being a part of our family.  When we found out you were going to be a part of our lives, we began making changes.  Mrs. PFG quit her full-time job and we built her a hair salon in our house.  PFG boy began going to a new school but he also was able to spend more time with his mom for the first time since he was six weeks old.

Your time with us has been full of excitement (hey, you were only four weeks old when our basement flooded), family celebrations (two first cousins and a second cousin being born), and hugs and kisses (more than your fair share from PFG boy).

You are an easy and care-free baby.  Your laughter and smiles (with your tongue out of course) brings a smile to my face after a long day of work.  You recently found your feet and toes and everything finds its way into your mouth.  Each morning you welcome us with a bright smile and a laugh for your brother.

There isn’t a food that you have tried so far that you don’t like and you are growing so fast already.  You love watching PFG dog run around and you are fascinated by lights.  You love being passed around and your many aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents keep threatening to take you home with them.

Mommy loves making faces at you and I love just having you lay on my chest.  Your short time so far has brought us joy in ways that we cannot even describe and we look forward to watching you continue to grow.

We love you!

Love,

Daddy and Mommy

She Really Loves Him, Will It Last?

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The way she looks into his eyes and smiles, you can tell she really loves him.  He makes her laugh with his charming faces and silly games.

He drowns her with hugs and kisses and she loves every moment of it.  But will it really last?

Will she still love him when he does something to annoy her?  Will she still love him when they get into a fight?  Will she still laugh at him when he jokes about her?

Is this just a phase that they will both outgrow?  When he gets cooties will she still find him adorable?  Will she still love his hugs and kisses or be embarrassed?

Oh, the love and admiration of two…

siblings.

Right now the way that PFG boy makes PFG girl smile and laugh is a sight to be seen.  Even when he makes those silly faces that are gross, she still laughs and smiles at him.  Encouraging him to be silly and crazy.  Will this last?

Will she still love him when he steals her toys?  What about her?  Will he want to play with her when she is old enough to play with his friends?  Will he still want to give her hugs when they are in elementary school?  Or is this just a phase?

A phase that we all outgrow.  A phase where it is okay for siblings to show love.  When and why does our society shun this admiration for our siblings?  Or is it a case by case situation?

As a parent, I want my kids to share their laughter and share their tears.  I know that life moves fast but I hope their love for each other only continues to grow.  I hope that they will remain as close as they are today and that we foster their relationship so there is no competition.

But in the end, their relationship is only theirs.  There will be times where they drive each other crazy and say they “hate” the other sibling.  They will get into fights and will make up.  They will resent the other one and they will probably be compared at some point.  And hopefully they will come through it with a stronger love for each other.  That is all we can hope for.

As a parent, do your kids still love each other or has it changed as they get older?  Do you still “love” your siblings the way you did when you were younger?  How do you as a parent foster relationships between your kids to help them remain close?  Is there even anything you can do?