That’s What She Said!

5 months old
November 8, 2008, 5:13 am
Filed under: darling daughter, monthly letter

Dear Hazey-poo,

Today you are officially 5 months old! You officially can no longer fit in anything smaller than 6 months. A lot of the things you wear are 9 months. You tip the scales at 18 pounds. Lately, you have been pretty cranky. It’s either because you’re teething, you’re catching the cold floating around our house, or your main goal in life is to see how irritated i can get. Little do you know the powers of swaddling and a rocking chair. Muahaha.


This month you experienced your first Halloween. One of Mommy’s favorite holidays. (And now, I totally have an excuse to go trick or treating again!) You were a kitty. I planned on getting you a mermaid costume, but story of my life, they didn’t have it at the store when I went to buy it. It was either the cute kitty costume or a skunk. Naturally, I picked the one you drooled on, I figured it must be how babies mark their territory. Um, it kind of makes sense?

This month you also started eating real baby food. No more of that disgusting rice cereal. No, my big girl eats applesauce, and bananas, prunes, and sweet potatoes. (so far…)

You also now roll over maybe 4 times a day. You’re pretty much in no rush to show off. You especially like to do it when no one is watching. You know, like if I leave you for ONE WHOLE MINUTE TO PEE. But it’s okay. The only family members who haven’t seen your newfound skill is Grandpa and Auntie Abby. Sucks to be them, right?

This month something amazing happened, which you will be learning about all through your school years, probably until your ears bleed. But, Barack Obama was the first African American to be elected President of the United States. And yes, I voted for him. It was my first time ever being able to vote. It wasn’t all that exciting of a process, I mean, we just went to the polling place, I filled in little bubbles while “G-Ma” entertained you. However, it’s history baby. And thanks to me, you were totally alive during a time that’s going to be talked about forever. And when you’re an old lady, you can brag to your great-great grandchildren about it.

Earlier this evening while hanging out at Grandma/Auntie Dannie’s (Mommy’s best friend who gets tired atcranky 7pm so she calls herself your Grandma) she was trying desperately to get you to say “mama”. Well, since all you can pretty much do vocally is yell, scream, babble, gurgle, coo, and purr, obviously you weren’t in any rush to repeat the AWESOME word. But you would laugh hysterically every time she said it. Which means one of 3 things:
1- You think I am the best thing since…uuhh…a clean diaper.
2- You think I am the biggest joke of all time, cause I am a total embarrassment.
3- You think Dannie is weird/funny/cooler than mommy.
But since you can’t tell me what you’re really thinking I’m totally going to pick #1. Thanks, I totally know how awesome I am.

Not much has really happened this month, so I will end this letter with a list of bands or songs that you really like. Because you have excellent taste in music, which you definitely inherited from me!

Any song by these bands:

  • Portugal. The Man
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • Silversun Pickups
  • Tegan and Sara
  • Brand New
  • MGMT

Random songs that you totally trip out over:

  • “Just Dance”-Lady Gaga
  • “Boats and Birds”-Gregory and the Hawk
  • “One Armed Scissor”-At the Drive-In
  • “Paper Planes”-M.I.A.
  • “Corona and Lime”-Shwayze

A very merry un-birthday!



4 months old
October 8, 2008, 12:04 pm
Filed under: darling daughter, life, monthly letter

Dear Hazel,

Today you are FOUR months old! I have a lot of catching up to do, seeing how you’ve been alive for over 120 days. So here we go, head first, into your life story so far.

You’re named after your Great-Great-Grandmother Hazel Yowell, known by all the family as Momma. And your middle name after your Great-Grandmother Dorothy Faye. During Christmas while I was pregnant with you, I still had no idea if you’d have boy parts or girl parts. I was also having trouble coming up with a name for either gender, so your Great Grandmother suggests that I should name you after her and Momma thus the name Hazel Faye was born, and when it was time for the ultrasound, you totally had your legs open as far as you could as if to say HELLO! I AM A GIRL FOR SURE! You’re still stuck in the frog leg position, I hope to god you change your ways before you become an adolescent. I mean jeez, be a lady! Not only the leg thing, but when you are in a dress or a t-shirt, you can’t help but to lift it up high to show off the goods. Auntie Zoe and I call this move “Girls Gone Wild; Pedophile Edition”
Despite your exhibitionists tendencies, you are the perfect baby, and NO I’m not just saying that because I’m your mom. I’m the oldest of 5 kids, remember, and sometimes, you even shock your Grandma with how good you can be. Don’t get me wrong, you have your moments, you did after all inherit your attitude from me. (Which I’m sure will be the cause of many knock-down-drag-out-fights when you’re older. Remember, I’m your mom, I’m ALWAYS right) :]
Here is a list all about you since your life began (not in order):

  1. Your best friend is the ceiling fan in the kitchen. Any other one in the house you’re not a big fan of. But when I hold you up while sitting on the couch and you can see into the kitchen you get the biggest smile on your face. You also smile and get excited when I lay you on your changing mat in the living room. But do you voluntarily smile for mommy yet? No. All you want from me is food and a clean diaper.
  2. You hate being dressed. You’re much happier in just a diaper, or even naked. It’s cute for now, but in a few years, that’s gotta change.
  3. You eat like you’re starving about 80% of the time. You hardly stop for air. If it’s been longer than 3 hours since your last bottle, you aren’t afraid to let the whole world know that we “never” feed you.
  4. You have a million un-related Aunties and Uncles. Okay, not a million. But you also have another mommy, named Tony. She’s my boss at Starbucks and if I ever let her babysit you, I’d probably never see you again. Everyone in our lives ADORES you. Some, more than their own children.
  5. Even though you will probably look back on your childhood photos, and be completely mortified on how I dressed you, I will have you know, you are the best dressed baby. Auntie Mary has great taste, the majority of your clothes come from her, and most of them still have the tags on them, meaning Ayda has never worn them.
  6. A few days ago you discovered how to blow bubbles, it may be the cutest thing in the world, but let’s try to be neat about it huh? I don’t live for laundry like your grandma.
  7. And a few weeks ago, you discovered how to purr. Shortly after that you learned that your voice has pitches, and you like to purr, or babble with the volume all the way up.
  8. Today you tried your first solid food. Rice cereal, YUM! Grandma says she’s never seen a baby take to it as fast as you did. So, congratulations on your eating skills.
  9. You’ve discovered your hands, and you think they are the best thing since a nice warm bottle. They also must taste pretty darn amazing, you usually try to see if you can get your whole fist in your mouth.
  10. You are growing every single second. (Not just in the physical sense, chunker) I can see new things every time I look at you. Determination, fascination, curiosity, pleasure, affection, and boredom. Yes, you now express boredom too. It even has it’s own whiny boring cry to go with it. You are transitioning into this fun, adorable, interactive baby. Whereas before: you would just kind of exist to eat and sleep and have your diaper change.

I never thought I could love a person so much. I am a selfish, lazy, fickle person. But then came you, and every time I look at you, I’m in love with you more and more. Before I start oozing gooey love spew from every pore of my body I will stop. Time will tell, I’m hardly ever a mushy gushy person, on the outside.

But I do love you more than I ever thought possible. And you are and always will be the best thing in my life.