Saturday, January 23, 2016

Brighton Kevin: 4 Months

Dearest Brighton,

There is so much daily joy that you bring to our lives. I will never be able to fully capture it all in words, but I hope that you will always know how special you are to me, daddy, Adelaide, & Aspen. Adelaide loves to play mommy to you and hold your hand, kiss your feet, or hug on you. And Aspen loves sharing his toys with you or laying down next to you for some snuggles. I never imagined that my heart could be anymore full but you have made that so!

Your fourth month saw many firsts including your first Christmas and first New Years Eve. You rocked those holidays out with the family and enjoyed every minute of them. You were sweet as pie and loved being cuddled & hugged on by all.

You also had your first trip to Naples, FL which also meant your first time swimming. No surprise that you loved it as much as you love bath time! You couldn't get enough of the warm sunshine and being outside in the Florida temperatures.

You have certainly found your hands and unfortunately are teething. Little spurts of pain at times with a shrilling cry, but for now it seems to be very mild compared to your siblings. You like to "hug" me around my neck and grab my hair. Your little kung fu grip is quite intense these days actually ;)

You are rolling from belly to back when the mood strikes you. You also have some fierce momentum while on your back and trying to swing your legs to get yourself onto your belly. You can wiggle all around your jungle mat on your back in circles. 

You love the new swing we was your staple and go to in Naples so we decided to add one here in New York. You like the rocking back and forth and enjoy daytime naps there as well. 

You have had a very annoying 4 month sleep regression...two weeks of the worst sleep of your entire life! Ahhh mommy does not care for this part at all. Sometimes you are up every hour for 4 hours straight. You are not looking to eat, just to be rocked back to sleep. I think it is a combo of sleep regression and teething. I just hope it ends soon!

However you do the cutest little thing when you are tired and trying to fall asleep. You take your right hand and pull on your hair to get yourself to fall asleep!

Other than that, you love life and are constantly smiling and talking to all! I constantly hear how sweet and adorable you are...which of course I already know this! It is hard to believe that you gave us such a scare so many times in utero and now to have you here with us in complete perfection! We had our follow up appointment with Dr. Crowe on your heart and he said it was the most perfect EKG he had ever seen on a 4 month old. I cried tears of joy as I watched you laughing and kicking around during the exam.

Sweet boy, I cannot imagine my life without you!

I love you!



    Friday, January 8, 2016

    A Naples New Years: Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

    We rang in the new year Naples style with a seafood dinner at the Dock in downtown Naples. We were all jazzed up in our fancy outfits and said goodbye to one hell of a year. Then tuxedo jammies for the kids as they kissed 2015 goodnight :)

    May 2016 bring you much love, peace, and joy!

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

    The Collins Family Take Naples: December 2015

    Per tradition, we headed to Naples the day after Christmas. The kids enjoyed a whole lot of swimming and playing with their cousins. Ryan & I enjoyed walks, bike rides, playing cards, working out, swimming, laughing, and relaxing with our family. I love the memories made at my parents' house and the fun in the sun!

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    Life Letters (December): Intimacy

    I will keep this post brief for *privacy* of my marriage...wink, wink...but I will share what the purpose of this month's life letter was for me. Intimacy between the sheets has always been an awkward thing. I am not a naturally comfortable person in that realm even with my husband. I am cautious and weird and nervous. I wish that I could be better or more at ease or crazy like in the movies when the hot, steamy scenes are shown...but truth be told that just isn't me.

    So I tried to dedicate one month to being more intimate with my husband in the best ways I know how...through talking, learning more about each other, initiating more "together" time, dressing up and wearing make-up, being spontaneous, and being open to new things.

    I wouldn't give myself an A+ but I would say that I tried my hardest to make it work on more days than not. Remember that we do have 3 kids ;)

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    A Thompson Christmas: New York & Kentucky in 2015

    We have so many Christmas celebrations over the month of December in this family! Santa comes a little early in New York so we don't miss him while we are in Kentucky :)

    In Kentucky, we spent a lot of time with cousins! This will forever be one of my favorite pictures of the cousins :)

    I treated Adelaide to the Galt House's Snowflake Princess Tea Party. We could not have had a better time together. She thought she was so big and was in absolute heaven!

    Shane, Amanda & Sawyer spend Christmas in Michigan so we celebrated with them a little early...

    Christmas Eve we spent with the Thompson side...

    And Christmas morning Santa visited Mimi & Papa's house with so many goodies...

    Hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas!