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An Open Letter To My Baby Cousin

I just wanted to say once again, Congrats on the new baby! I wanted to share with everyone the time that I first heard about when you were pregnant with your 2nd when your 1st was still only a baby. I found out about it on Facebook and I was so mad that I called you stupid. There was an outrage from your friends that I shouldn’t have called you that and so on. The reason why I was so mad was because you were still really young and I just couldn’t believe that you could get yourself into that again. I felt upset because I think of you as more than a cousin. We all grew up close and I think of all of my cousins as brothers and sisters. I was scared for you. I’m glad we moved past that rather quickly because your girls are 2 of the most beautiful girls ever and I love seeing them and having them be a part of my life and my kids lives. I can say with a relaxed heart a congrats because you have your life together with a husband, a home and you are doing a great job keeping everything together. I am excited for your family and what’s to come. We Woods love you Peterson family! Can’t wait for your new arrival!!!

Where did these 5 years go?

I have been so emotional these past two weeks or so knowing Corey is going to be in kindergarten in exactly 7 days. He is also starting flag football this week as well. So many changes. I have a big lump in my throat knowing that it will be coming: The day I’ll have to take him to school and give him up to another person other than a family member for 7 or so hours. I just hope these teachers and coaches have enough patience for my little boy. He will forever be my baby and it’s hard to let him grow up and do things on his own. I worry about him more than I worry about my younger child. Lily’s much more independent than Corey is. I’m worried about everything from him needing help opening his lunch box at lunch time to him being bullied or that he won’t make friends. I’m worried he will get in trouble that he’s not following directions because he’s just in his own world, pretending that he’s on a construction site driving an excavator. But I know I need to have faith. I have faith that he will have friends who are just like him. Who pretend they are garbage men, picking up garbage and taking it to the dump. I have faith he will be able to tie his shoes by Christmas break. I am excited that he will be learning to read, to write, to follow directions. I’m excited to hear about his day and hear about him eating with his friends at lunch. I just need to relax and hope for the best. It’s hard when he’s my baby. I don’t want to let go!

Before I forget, I wanted to write down about Corey’s 1st week of school. 
He had a few preconceived ideas about school. He looked out of the window the first morning, asking when the school bus was coming. I had to tell him I was going to drive him everyday. I felt him relax a little. As we were running out the door, he got confused again and asked where his lunch box was! I said I will be picking him up before lunch so he won’t need to eat there. He then smiled at me! I dropped him off and they had a routine down: put your bag on the hook, put a sticker on your folder, wash hands and find an activity to play with until circle time. I left him in someone else’s care, that was not a member of our family, for the first time ever. I held all of my emotions in then and when I got home while I stared at the clock. Lily helped a whole lot. We went to go pick him up at 11 and he had the biggest smile. He had a lot of fun. He told me his cousins, Kaitlyn and Luke, were not there. He was pretty confused about that but he understands now that they go to a different school
The second day was really difficult. He didn’t want to get up for school and he cried while I got him ready. He was so sad when I dropped him off. He kept saying he didn’t want to go to school. I was sad he felt this way. He did his routine of book bag, folder and hand washing. He was holding back tears when I let go of his hand and his teacher, Ms. Robin, guided him to a table for activity time. He gave me a slow, small wave as Ms. Robin gave him a hug. I left with a lump in my throat. I couldn’t wait to get back to pick him up. When I did, he came out with a big ol’ smile on his face. His teacher said he did great. I was relieved. We left as two little boys shouted, “Bye Corey!” to him. 
Day three was quite different than the last two days. He was pretty hard to wake up but when he was fully awake, he was excited about school. He ate a bowl and a half of cereal. He was really happy but had a small hiccup when I took him out of his car seat. He was sad again and said he didn’t want to go in. I took him in without a fight. We did the routine and sat down with a boy who was doing a puzzle. I dumped one out for him and he started putting it back together. He didn’t even look up to tell me bye! I was back to get him right on time & when he saw me, he gave me the biggest hug. I got the two kids in the car and he proceeded to tell me, as excitedly as possible, that he loved school and that he was going to go back and he liked his teacher, Ms. Robin. He kept saying, “YESSSS, YESSS YESSS! I LOVE SCHOOL!”. It was a great end to the first week. & with all the art projects, I am starting a binder for all of his preschool masterpieces! 
In 10 hours, he will be starting his 2nd week. Hope we do as good as Friday!
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Before I forget, I wanted to write down about Corey’s 1st week of school.

He had a few preconceived ideas about school. He looked out of the window the first morning, asking when the school bus was coming. I had to tell him I was going to drive him everyday. I felt him relax a little. As we were running out the door, he got confused again and asked where his lunch box was! I said I will be picking him up before lunch so he won’t need to eat there. He then smiled at me! I dropped him off and they had a routine down: put your bag on the hook, put a sticker on your folder, wash hands and find an activity to play with until circle time. I left him in someone else’s care, that was not a member of our family, for the first time ever. I held all of my emotions in then and when I got home while I stared at the clock. Lily helped a whole lot. We went to go pick him up at 11 and he had the biggest smile. He had a lot of fun. He told me his cousins, Kaitlyn and Luke, were not there. He was pretty confused about that but he understands now that they go to a different school

The second day was really difficult. He didn’t want to get up for school and he cried while I got him ready. He was so sad when I dropped him off. He kept saying he didn’t want to go to school. I was sad he felt this way. He did his routine of book bag, folder and hand washing. He was holding back tears when I let go of his hand and his teacher, Ms. Robin, guided him to a table for activity time. He gave me a slow, small wave as Ms. Robin gave him a hug. I left with a lump in my throat. I couldn’t wait to get back to pick him up. When I did, he came out with a big ol’ smile on his face. His teacher said he did great. I was relieved. We left as two little boys shouted, “Bye Corey!” to him.

Day three was quite different than the last two days. He was pretty hard to wake up but when he was fully awake, he was excited about school. He ate a bowl and a half of cereal. He was really happy but had a small hiccup when I took him out of his car seat. He was sad again and said he didn’t want to go in. I took him in without a fight. We did the routine and sat down with a boy who was doing a puzzle. I dumped one out for him and he started putting it back together. He didn’t even look up to tell me bye! I was back to get him right on time & when he saw me, he gave me the biggest hug. I got the two kids in the car and he proceeded to tell me, as excitedly as possible, that he loved school and that he was going to go back and he liked his teacher, Ms. Robin. He kept saying, “YESSSS, YESSS YESSS! I LOVE SCHOOL!”. It was a great end to the first week. & with all the art projects, I am starting a binder for all of his preschool masterpieces!

In 10 hours, he will be starting his 2nd week. Hope we do as good as Friday!

My big girl at 10 months old.She is still 15.8lbs. She had her first double ear infection this month. She likes all things chocolate and hates broccoli. She eats everything in sight but yet she still has no teeth…zero, none…zilch…nada! She still nurses like a champ and we have no plans to stop anytime soon. She loves to be read to and sang to and she loves taking walks with Daddy and Corey. She likes being outside and she is starting not to like her bows, flowers and headbands. I am still very adamant about keeping them on her head, though. I love dressing her up really girly but I also loves that she likes playing cars with her brother! She has a princess way about her with her temper tantrums and her charm but I would not change this little girl!
I would have liked to have started these entries months ago to go with every month for her but I do have stuff written down that I will keep for her and her scrapbook. I am thankful that I have technology that lets me document my kid’s lives!
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My big girl at 10 months old.She is still 15.8lbs. She had her first double ear infection this month. She likes all things chocolate and hates broccoli. She eats everything in sight but yet she still has no teeth…zero, none…zilch…nada! She still nurses like a champ and we have no plans to stop anytime soon. She loves to be read to and sang to and she loves taking walks with Daddy and Corey. She likes being outside and she is starting not to like her bows, flowers and headbands. I am still very adamant about keeping them on her head, though. I love dressing her up really girly but I also loves that she likes playing cars with her brother! She has a princess way about her with her temper tantrums and her charm but I would not change this little girl!
I would have liked to have started these entries months ago to go with every month for her but I do have stuff written down that I will keep for her and her scrapbook. I am thankful that I have technology that lets me document my kid’s lives!
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My big girl at 10 months old.She is still 15.8lbs. She had her first double ear infection this month. She likes all things chocolate and hates broccoli. She eats everything in sight but yet she still has no teeth…zero, none…zilch…nada! She still nurses like a champ and we have no plans to stop anytime soon. She loves to be read to and sang to and she loves taking walks with Daddy and Corey. She likes being outside and she is starting not to like her bows, flowers and headbands. I am still very adamant about keeping them on her head, though. I love dressing her up really girly but I also loves that she likes playing cars with her brother! She has a princess way about her with her temper tantrums and her charm but I would not change this little girl!


I would have liked to have started these entries months ago to go with every month for her but I do have stuff written down that I will keep for her and her scrapbook. I am thankful that I have technology that lets me document my kid’s lives!

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