I’ve been seeing an internist since December of 2016. I’ve been feeling rundown, sluggish, excessively tired, and no matter what I do, I can’t seem to lose weight (1400 calories or less and the scale won’t move!). So, I went to the doctor. I’ve had bloodwork done several times since then, and my labs that I had done in June came back as hypothyroid, and I’ve been prescribed synthroid. I started taking synthroid on June 21, 2017 at 50 mcg. I went back for bloodwork on July 18, and they doubled my dosage to 100 mcg daily. However, starting on Monday July 17, I’ve been having the WORST headaches I’ve ever had. The pain is almost tension headache like, and severe enough to cause nausea.I’ve been reading that it can be a reaction to the medication, and that basically my body doesn’t know yet what to do with this extra hormone that’s floating around. Once I’ve been taking it for a while longer, my body will get used to it. So, I’m hoping these headaches go away soon because this shit is seriously painful. I have noticed my appetite decrease, so I’m hoping that the numbers on the scale will start to go down. I guess we’ll see how it goes.
I always love this time of year. Your dad and I are inundated with photos of you from when you were a baby, through last year when you became a brother. It’s amazing to watch you grow and compare you from one year to the next. Every year I look back and think to myself how amazing you are, and you really and truly are amazing.
This past year you started school at The Burlington School in their PreK program, and you loved every moment of it. There wasn’t a single day when you didn’t want to go to school. You were motivated and raring to go every day, which made me beyond happy. You’ll be going back to The Burlington School this year in their TK (transitional kindergarten) program. I know that you’re excited to be in the same class as your best friend Amare, but you’re sad and a little scared because you have a new teacher. I know that you’ll end up loving her as much as you love your PreK teacher.
We’ve spent the summer going to the Aquatic Center here in Burlington. You love to go and play in the water. You’re a little intimidated from it all, and I really want to get you some swimming lessons so that you’ll be super confident in the water. You love playing with me and your dad in the water, and we love being in there with you!
Your birthday party was at the Splash Park this year, and you shared the party with your brother. I made you a chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting, and a Superman logo on it, per your request. We invited your entire class to your party, and it felt like most of them showed up! You were running around, playing with friends, trying to put ice water in your water gun to shoot at your dad (which was incredibly funny). It warms my heart to see you have such a great time!
For your actual birthday, I took your to Chuck E. Cheese’s, which is where you were dying to go! So, you and I went, and we played all of the games until we ran out of tokens, and then you took your tickets and bought some candy and a few other trinkets. You and I had a marvelous time! After the games, I took you to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. I had a wonderful time hanging out and talking with you.
The only downside to the year has been that I believe you’re developing some anxiety. You seem to constantly worry about things that are out of your control. You worry about car accidents, and robbers coming into the house. You worry about being separated from your family or things changing. Sometimes it gets so severe that I worry about you, and starting thinking that I might need to find a child psychologist to work with you. For now, I’m keeping an eye on things, but if it gets much worse, we’ll seek professional help for you.
Henry, you are such a sweet child. You’re continually curious, wanting to know and learn more and more. You’re as silly as can be, and no one can make me laugh like you do! I also find that you’re the most loving child imaginable. You tell me 50 thousand times a day that you love me. Whenever you go and spend the night at your grandparent’s house, or your Uncle and Aunt’s house you tell them 50 thousand times that you love me and that you miss me. It warms my heart that I’m in your thoughts so much, because you certainly are in mine.
You light up my life and you always have. I will love you forever and always, no matter what. You are my child, you are linked to me and I always want what’s best for you and what will make you happy.
You are now a year old! I seriously feel like I just wrote your 6 month letter, and I can’t believe that you just had your birthday. You turned one on June 19, but on the 18th, I found myself super emotional, to the point of tearing up several times. I just kept thinking that, a year ago on the 18th I was in labor with you. I started having regular, but FAR apart contractions around 4:00 in the afternoon. I realized that I was in fact in labor at about 10:00 pm. We got to the hospital around 2:00 in the morning and I was 8 cm dilated. You were then born at 4:23 in the morning, in a tub of warm water.
- stop (dop)
- night night (nye nye)
- cat (tat)
You are starting to really use the baby sign language. You can sign:
- milk (although, we think you do this for “food”)
- all done (but you don’t do this that regularly
We’re working on a few others, and I’m sure that you’ll pick those up soon as well.
You’re doing so well in your PT! So well in fact that they’ve dropped you down to just twice a month, instead of once a week. You’re crawling, and cruising, and getting into everything that you can possibly try and get into. Right now you love to take the sheet trays out of the cabinet, and push them around on the kitchen floor.
You absolutely love the pool! We got a membership there for the summer, and you love to cruise around the edge of the pool, and you’re pretty fast too! You’ll also crawl up and down the ramp into the pool, and we have to really watch you because you’ll crawl until you’re almost under water – you just don’t seem to know when to stop.
You are also really trying to be more and more independent. You want to do things yourself and you don’t want anyone or anything to stand in your way. For example: you’re trying to put your food on a fork and feed yourself with it. It’s adorable to watch you pick a piece of food and place it on your fork, and then try to turn and maneuver your fork into your mouth. The down side to your newfound independent streak is that it also applies to you wanting to crawling into the dishwasher; to pulling the childproof plugs out of outlets; to chewing and pulling on electrical cords….and when we try to get you away from those things, your temper checks in. And you have a TEMPER. When you get upset or angry you scream, cry, throw things, collapse on the floor and kick and your legs….you have perfected the 2 year old tantrum a year early….
You’re still nursing! We’re down to just three times a day. Once before I go to work, when I get home from work, and at bedtime. You still love it, and ask for it all the time. You’ll pull at my shirt, or stand in front of me and sign for milk. I don’t want to say no to you, so any time you want to nurse, I will cuddle you and nurse you.
I’m not sure if I mentioned before, but you LOVE to dance! If music comes on, you start moving to it. You’ll bounce in place to the beat, clap your hands, twist side to side, throw your hands in the air (like you just don’t care). It’s adorable. I hope you keep it up!
You and your brother had a joint birthday party this year at the Splash Park. It was amazing! You had such a great time playing in the water and watching all the big kids run around. You were crawling all through the splash pad, and getting soaked, and you were loving every moment of it. I made a cake for you, and a separate one for Henry. Yours was a chocolate cake with strawberry buttercream frosting and a batman logo on the cake. You loved that cake, and happily gobbled up your dessert as fast as you could.
This past year has been amazing! It really and truly has. I cannot believe how fast it has gone by, and how much you have grown and changed. You are an incredible boy. You bring so much joy and laughter into my life. I’m trying to soak up every moment and savor everything that I can. You make me laugh and smile every day. You warm my heart, and have taught me how to be a better mother. I love you with all of my being, and I always will.