Sunday, September 28, 2014

9 Month Letter to Logan

Dear Logan,

Your 9th month has been quite an adventure for you.  You broke your finger, learned to walk, added more words, and got to come with Mom and Dad to the Essential Oil Convention in Salt Lake City.

You had your 9 month baby appointment on September 11th, and all four of us went (it was Daddy's day off).  You did great, even though you didn't appreciate the shots, and we went home for a calm day of cuddling after that.  In the evening, you got into the open pantry while we were making dinner, and you knocked a class jar off of a shelf.  It landed on your pinky finger and, oh my baby, that's one of the scariest times I've been through.  Your little finger turned purple and swelled to more than twice its size.  I tried to calm you by nursing you so that we could ice your finger, but you could not stop screaming.  We swiped some oils on your finger to help with the swelling, put a few more oils on you to help calm you, and then I put you in your car seat and drove to Urgent Care while Daddy stayed behind to put Kayleigh in bed.  We are 45 minutes away from the closest Urgent Care our insurance will cover (got to change that!!!) so I was so glad when you fell asleep on the drive.  When we got to the hospital, I woke you up and carried you in.  You were smiling and waving to everyone while I was trying to check you in, and when the doctor came in to see you, you tried to give her a high five with your injured hand!  I was starting to think that maybe I was crazy for bringing you in since the swelling was down, the color was better, and you were clearly not in the significant amount of pain you were when we were at home.  But sure enough, after the Xrays came back, the doctor told us that your finger was broken.  I was so sad for you!  But wow...what a testimony to our good God and these amazing oils.  We applied oils to your finger for two weeks, but you stopped acting like it bothered you after just a few days.  Praise God!

Another big excitement (much more positive) was that you got to join us for the Convention.  Kayleigh stayed behind and spent time with Grammy, Papa, YiaYia, and Ami, but you got to brave the 10 hour drive up and the 4 days of being whisked around from one event to the next.  You were a trooper, though!  I made a different shirt for you to wear for each day of the Convention, and you stole many hearts with your big smiles and happy waves.
"I hit SILVER in my sleep!" 
It felt very full-circle to reflect about how my pregnancy with you is what got us started on our essential oil journey, and while at Convention, you got to go across the stage with us celebrating our achievement as Silvers. 

September was also the first time you got to go to Bible Study Fellowship as a participant.  Last year, I wore you in the Ergo and took you to my class, but this year, you got to go to your own class.  I was anxious about the thought of leaving you with people you do not know (since you have given several loved ones very difficult times when we leave you behind to go on a date) but you've been a champ at BSF!  I think it has to do with the fact that there are so many other babies there and that you're such a social little person.  You seem to love it, and I'm so thankful for that!

We love you so much, Logan Mark.  So, so much.

Love, Mommy

Nicknames: Boyo, Little Man, Logan Mark, Puppy, and whatever character Kayleigh decides you are for the day.
Temperament: Happy happy, except when teething or tired. 
Things I Could Do Without:  Broken bones!  Never again, ok?
Things You Could Do Without: You don't seem to mind when we tell you not to do something.  You just smile and wave and keep on doing it.  Hopefully that changes soon!
Item/Toy We Love The Most:  We bought a diffuser for your room, and we love it!  You're sleeping better now, and we. are. so. thankful.
Item/Toy You Love The Most: I'm always asking why we need toys in this house.  YOU don't need toys; you just need people to love you and something to hold in your hand as you walk around the house (preferably paper that you can eat.  That's definitely a favorite right now)
Things I'm Loving Most Right Now:  You wave at everyone and say "Hiiiiiiiiiii!" in a very high pitched squeal.  It always makes people smile.
Things You're Loving Most Right Now: Playing Peek-a-Boo, holding onto something flat and scooting it across the floor while your propel yourself with your legs.  You are FAST!
Sounds/Words: You say "a-doo" when playing Peek-a-Boo, and it's absolutely adorable!  Also Mama, Dada, hi, bye, and tap.
Foods You Like: You will eat anything we give you.  Chicken, pasta, cooked vegetables, love it all.
Milestones: First steps!  Like a true mom of two, I didn't write down the day you took your first step, but you took it here at our house with Mommy and Daddy both watching.  It was so special!