Sentence Complete


Big news in the Burden house! Norah said her first complete sentence today. She was playfully avoiding laying down for pre-nap story time by opening and closing her bedroom door and saying, “bye”. Then there it was, “Bye. See you bit.” And it counts! She knows each of those words and she put them together without any prompting. We’ve waited 3 years for this and are over the moon. Trying to avoid bedtime (noticing a trend?) she tried to say, “read me a book” but the words got all jumbled. We believe her speech is taking off. It’s certainly becoming much more automatic lately with two word combos that don’t have pauses or require prompting. Her signing is taking off at the same time. Just a quick post to share the big news with all of you that love our “bug”. Bye, see you in a bit. 🙂


Boy Meets Cake


Extreme Makeover: Charlie Addition



“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
― Dr. Seuss

One year ago today our lives were forever changed in a most wonderful way. Charlie was born. Norah became a big sister. Stu and I became parents again, this time to a son. A year later I can remember life before Charlie but I can’t imagine it without him. From a daily (and nightly) work standpoint life with two has been crazy hard. But from a delight standpoint Charlie has added so much to our family. He loves all three of us so thoroughly that none  of us can get near him without him physically leaning in. So, I lean in all day, because THAT is just the “stuff”. Charlie is a funny boy who asserts himself, wants to be heard,  understood, wants to join in. He insists. He’s curious and bright. Charlie looks just like his father. And when Charlie’s motivated and interested he has a knack for catching onto things….just like his father. It seems so effortless at times and I’m regularly amazed. Both Charlie and Norah are developing SO much everyday. They are clocking more time each day giggling together. They are learning to greet one another and share. They encourage one another through competition and through celebration. They are so much fun to raise as individuals and as siblings. Charlie has redefined each of us and our family as a whole. He has done so with flair and laughter. Happy Birthday to my Charlie! I love you so much there’s a lump in my throat. I’m so proud of who you are and look forward with great delight to discovering who you’ll be.