Wednesday, May 30, 2012

field day

Dear Little Leah, 
Thanks for letting us tag along and come to your end-of-year field day. I loved every second of watching you participate in each activity. 

 Although it was even more fun when they put you in the wagon so you would stop screaming. 

I wanted to eat you right up when I saw you with that yellow bandana on your head. 

They even wrangled daddy into helping with the soccer ball station. He got a kick {no pun intended} out of it. 

I love seeing you at school and how you interact with all of your friends. You've made some good ones this year. That is for sure. 

And you know what else is for sure? I love you. Yup. I do. To the moon and back. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

big sister

Dear Little Leah, 

Well, the day finally came. Just like we said it would. You became a big sister! Your sister Kate Jensen was born Sunday, May 13th at 10:07 pm. 

You came to visit her the very next day and, after your first visit, I don't think you were as impressed as we hoped you might be. 

But don't worry. Since then, you've warmed right up to her. You give her just as many sweet kisses and loves as you do whacks and thumps. That's probably a better record than most older siblings, right? 

I have to admit, you've taken to these changes in your life with flying colors. Other than one or two emotional breakdowns, you've been downright amazing. You often come up and snuggle right next to me while Kate is eating and I LOVE it! You are the best cuddler.

I know it's a big change. And it's going to be hard to get used to having her around. But Leah, you are going to be the best big sister. I just know it. Thanks for being patient while we all figure this out. Just one more reason you're amazing. 

I love you to the moon and back, little Leah. I always will. 


Thursday, May 10, 2012


dear little leah, 
um, i'm sure you're aware, but you grind your teeth. a lot. 

i'm sure it's more annoying and painful to you than it is to anyone else {and that's saying something because it's extremely annoying and painful to me and your dad...} but the grinding got so bad that you actually perforated your left front tooth, causing it to abscess. 

this had to hurt! and it had to be taken care of. 

so, off to the dentist you went, to get checked out and x-rayed {may 3rd}. eventually, it was decided that both front teeth would be pulled as the right front tooth was on the same path and would need to be pulled in a month or two anyway. 

when extraction day came {may 9th} you were oh so brave in the dental chair. dr. bachner was great and you loved kenny the kangaroo, who showed you everything that was being going to be done on you on his own teeth first. that was nice of him. 

daddy was also brave. he held you tight and kept you safe the entire time. 

i was not so brave. i'm blaming it on billy, but i had to turn away and let the tears stream down my face. the long needle with the novocaine has never bothered me - but then again i've never had to see it pierce my child before.
other than a few tears, we all came out unscathed. and you got some extra ice cream out of it, so i think it turned out okay. 

oh yah, and the tooth fairy came. that was pretty fun too.

thanks for being so brave, miss monkey. you really are the best.