Before I had Rhys, I had all my parenting philosophies figured out. I did my research. I read the books. I researched the articles. I believed I would learn from my parents’ mistakes and do better. I had friends who were parents already and I had things I liked and didn’t like. There were things I swore I’d never do as a mother.
For the first few month’s of Rhys’s life, I was very stringent–I let my Type A, anxiety-ridden, first-mom-self take control. It was hard. I absolutely loved every moment I spent with Rhys, but it was hard to change my philosophies. It kept happening and happening throughout Rhys’s life and now even during Evelyn’s short 6 months!
Summer gets hot here in Texas. Like really hot. Like unbearably hot. Like I want to sit naked on my bed with the AC blasting and the ceiling fan whirring hot. But, that’s not possible. Especially not for a mom of a preschooler and a mobile infant. Add into the fact that I’m Mormon and have to wear special Mormon underwear that covers my entire shoulders, belly, and go above my knee! So, I can’t wear short-shorts or tank tops. And, it’s like having another layer of clothing on. But, I’ve finally found my go-to modest summer mom outfit that works for the hot Texan summers!
Dear Rhys Michael,
You continue to be my pride and my joy. Every day, you continue to amaze me with how much you have learned and grown. It boggles my mind that you are three years old. You are officially no longer a toddler–no. Now, you are a preschooler. I have a preschooler!
Dear Evelyn Morgan,
How in the world are you half a year old already? I just barely gave birth to you, and blink, you are six months old. You are growing up way to fast for me! Please slow down. I want my baby girl for a while longer, please.
Although this past month hasn’t been the best for me, you have blossomed the past four weeks. You are trying to hit all the milestones right now–again, slow down! Everyone loves you and calls you “princess” or “baby doll”, to which Rhys responds, “Not princess, Evie!” He’s becoming fiercely protective of you and absolutely loves you. You also went swimming for the first time with us and the not-warm water didn’t phase you at all. You loved it and tried to splash the whole time. We have also transitioned you to the big tub with your brother–you use his old booster seat as a bath chair until you are better at sitting up. Again, you absolutely love being in the water and spend the whole time splashing.
Dear Evelyn Morgan,
I can’t believe how big you are getting. Your face (especially your cheeks) are filling in, and your thighs are fattening up. Sadly, your hair is beginning to thin, and I am afraid of what will happen to your red when and if it all thins and falls out!
But, your personality has definitely begun to emerge. And, Rhys is finally beginning to give you more attention. You’ve also gone to Six Flags for the first time and went on a few slow family rides. Your eyes were just so huge and non-blinking the entire time!