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Monday, September 26, 2011

Dear Olive,
This will be my last happy monthly birthday letter because in just one month you'll be two. TWO! And after that, I think we'll finally stop counting in months and you'll simply be two. Until you become two and a half. And then three. And so forth. As two draws closer, I keep thinking about how much you've changed, and how so much of looking after you has gotten easier. The most challenging parts about you now really are my inner battles of controlling my own frustration. Frustration at not getting any personal space, how annoying it is having you try to wipe my bum while I'm on the toilet, eating meals with you jumping all over me. Struggling not to feel infuriated by you whinging under my feet while I'm trying to get ready. How the fact that you never, ever shut up sometimes drives me insane. None of this is a problem for you. Just, at times, for me. I've realised that our most brilliant and enjoyable days together are the ones where I manage to control myself and keep calm. You've certainly shown me a lot about my shortcomings in the areas of patience and not reacting. Anyway, happy 23 months!
PS Remember the photo shoot with this lady that I told you about? Well, the photos are in! And I love them! I'll share more in the next few days. So fun.










12 comments:

::The Beetle Shack:: said...

oh my goodness- window cill photo, priceless!

Almost two!! Crazy times!

xo em

KERRY said...

Happy 23 months! She is such a beaut! And Bertie is 20 months today. You just pretty much summed up my life (minus the bum wiping...haven’t had to tackle that one yet, but give it time)! I agree about better days often being ones where you have managed to stay calm and in control yourself. I always feel quite proud on those days. Like I’ve achieved and been a good mum! Looking forward to seeing more photos xx

picklebug said...

Wow, those photos are gorgeous, I can't wait to see the rest of them
Rach x

Lizeylou said...

Such fantastic photos ... Olive really is gorgeous isn't she!

one claire day said...

I love this post, Kellie. It's so well rounded... the words tell the story of a mothers (sometimes)struggles...while the photos show the other side - that magical glow of family and love.

Beautiful.

X

kristi said...

gorgeousness. x.

Krystal said...

Those pictures are PRECIOUS!

fast times in m√ľnchen. said...

Look how beautiful Olive is, espesh in that first pic. She truly is divine. Gorgeous. There is just so much love in those photos up there Kellie...and some pretty cool threads to boot!

I hear you on your motherhood struggles. HAving more patience is something I strive for everyday. And personal space! It's the battle of the wills at the moment. Elke and I really are as stubborn as each other as I guess I only have myself to blame.

But as Dave always says, the sweet is never as sweet without the bitter. Or something like that. xx

alex sunday said...

i love this post! coco's a big 10 months tomorrow (well, she's little really) and i'm astounded how fast 'one' is dawning on us. 'two' seems so far away but i'm sure it's not! glad to hear it gets easier, and i understand what you mean about the best days being the ones where mama is calm and patient!! not looking forward to the bum wiping so much, though it does sound cute.

and the window sill photo is priceless....

flannery o'kafka said...

Lovely photos. Our Olive is approaching two as well. And there's not a mum out there who can't completely relate to what you've said. Thank God they sleep sometimes!

Cassandra Allen said...

Gorgeous photos, great to have. Amazing how fast the little one grow into big ones, or twos, haha

The Franglaise said...

hard to believe she will be two already. and funny to think I have been watching her grow for almost a year now.

i hear every word you say about motherhood and relate to it so much. i think of you when i read "buddhism for mothers" and you've sort of summed the point of the book here. our kids are just them. it's us who change and have to adjust to this new (demanding) lifestyle. and it is true that the best days, are those when we are zen. thank you for recommending that book to me because it has helped a lot and i always go back to it every now and then when I'm having a 'down' day.

happy 23 months dear sweet olive!

 

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