Published on November 19, 2015

Oh, Tessa!

This weekend our current youngest daughter turns three. 

Tessa, Fall 2012

Our 2012 Thanksgiving Baby

As every parent says, I’m not sure where the time has gone.  Tessa came into the world with a flare of excitement, but was a very calm baby.  She grew into a happy, always on the run, too smart for her own good, caring, silly, giggler.  Everything is funny in Tessa’s world.  She’s usually smiling.  She doesn’t like to listen to her mom and dad, if it’s not part of her current agenda.  She follows her sister, Taylor, wherever she goes, and if not shown the right amount of attention, will dogpile onto her until she is satisfied.  She has now claimed that my dog, Sami, is in fact her “Sami puppy”.  She loves going to daycare to see Alison and her friends.  I wouldn’t change a piece of her for the world. 

Tessa Today

Tessa - Fall 2015

Tessa recently became unusually fond of Baby Vicks.  She loves rubbing it on her tummy (I know, not that effective.)  One evening, I had my usual bout of “evening sickness”.  I left Tessa in her bathroom going potty.  When I was walking back, my first thought, “She’s too quiet.”  When I walked in the bathroom, Tessa was grinning ear to ear, naked, and covered in Baby Vicks.  Head to ankle’s (she missed her feet).  Back, front, head, face.  Every inch of her body she could reach.  Her hair stuck out in every direction.  The jar was empty, and she just laughed, singing, “I shiny! I shiny!”  I exclaimed in shock “Oh Tessa!”  I tried using baby wipes to get it off of her.  She shined and glistened in the bathroom light.  Luckily, none of this found its way into her mouth.  As I’m cleaning her off, my husband walks in, “Heyyyy-Oh Tessa!”  As parents know, sometimes it’s hard not to laugh.  Instead we have to tell her why that was naughty, as we’re hosing her off in the shower. 

This is just one recent example of a typical Tessa story, which always includes the words, “Oh Tessa…”  I have both First Nurse and Poison Control in my cell phone contacts, for a good reason.  She keeps us on our toes, but brings a love and joy like no other.  I look forward to celebrating Tessa turning 3 this weekend with our family, but I can’t wait to see what life brings Tessa.  She is unstoppable. 

Tessa -- chase your dreams and follow your heart!  You can change the world!


About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom of twin girls who were born in April 2016! She and her husband Ryan also have two daughters, Taylor (15) and Tessa (4).



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