Today you are one month old! Wow, it hardly seems like it’s been that long… this month has passed SO quickly. I can’t believe that only a month ago I hadn’t met you yet – only felt you move and kick. And now I’ve been with you every day since!
This is the only month you’ll spend in the apartment where you were born. It makes me a little sad to be leaving, because I’ll never be able to point to the bathroom and tell you “You were born there!” I’m sure you’ll like your new house, though, where you’ll get your own room. It’s fun to imagine you growing up there.
You’ve changed a lot in the past month. I feel like you’ve gotten so big! You had your one-month checkup yesterday at the doctor, and you have gained a pound since you were born. The doctor said you are healthy and perfect! You seem so to me too. You’ve also grown two inches since you were born. I have noticed that your face has stretched out a bit, looking less like a newborn and more like a little baby. You still have such kissable cheeks though. I never understood how kissable baby cheeks were, but I definitely realize it now! I also am amazed at your eyes. I love when you’re awake and alert and looking around – and when you focus on my face. Your eyes are blue/gray and I’m curious to see what color they settle on as you grow older. You make the most adorable faces. Sometimes you put your lips in a little O and look like you’re trying to blow a bubble!
You’ve been a pretty good baby, breaking us in easily as first time parents. Your daddy had never even changed a diaper before until he changed yours in the hospital! I’ve noticed you seem to like noise and commotion, which is good because there has been a lot of that. If it’s quiet, I turn on music on my computer and that seems to calm you down. There have been a lot of people who have come to visit you. You’ve met all your aunts and uncles and grandparents so far, and one of your great-grandmas. You’ve also met almost all of your great-aunts and great-uncles on your mom’s side! You’ve met a lot of our friends who have come over to see you, and a few of their kids who I’m sure will be your best friends. :-)
Developmentally, you’re doing great! You are holding your head up really well, though I still have to make sure I support it. You LOVE taking baths, and don’t even seem bothered when the water gets into your eyes. You like to grin and kick your legs and wave your arms. I know it’s just a matter of time before you’re splashing around in the bathtub. You like to be swaddled sometimes, especially at night. You also like your Paci – again at night. When you’re fussy, you enjoy being in my arms and bouncing on the exercise ball. I hope to get a rocking chair when we move so we can cuddle and rock together! You are sleeping well, usually from midnight to 5 or 6am, and waking up every two hours after that. One night you slept almost 7 hours! I look forward to that being the norm. :-)
Our schedule has been really busy this month since we’re trying to get the house ready to move in this weekend. You’ve been happy to go with the flow, though. You sleep a lot, especially in the car. Sometimes we bring you in the store in your carseat and sometimes I put you in the sling. You always get a lot of comments about what a cute baby you are. I like showing you off! When we are at the house, you sleep in the pack and play and don’t seem to notice hammering or sounds of people working around you. I’m so glad! You have spent a lot of time with your Grandma and Grandpa this month, but they go back to Orlando tomorrow. It’s been nice having them here, and I know they will miss seeing you every day. Your other Grandma and Grandpa live in Massachusetts, and they are coming to see you again in November. In the meantime, they like me to take pictures of you with my phone and send them a picture each day.
One thing that I’ve noticed this month has been how my love for you has changed and grown. When I was pregnant, I didn’t feel the bond that a lot of pregnant mommies talk about – feeling head over heels in love with their unborn child. I wasn’t sure when that love would come for me. I felt a desire to care for and protect you, but that crazy mother love didn’t come right away. I don’t know when it came, but I realize now that I love you so much! I want to cuddle you and kiss your cheeks and tell you I love you. I am glad you’re my daughter, and I’m glad I have met you. I am excited to see the person you become!
I look forward to many, many more months with you – watching you change and grow into the woman God created!