As with all the others the past month has been a whirlwind. In the midst of all your growing and sleeping and learning we moved, you got your very own room and you even started sleeping in it. You handled the move like a champ- due in large part to all the grandparents and friends that came to spend time with you while your Dad and I packed boxes and helped the movers. Moving – you were not impressed:
We also celebrated my very first Mother’s Day, and let me just say, you did a fantastic job picking out my gift (you slept in until 8 am!) and your Dad did an even better job helping us celebrate. He made breakfast, took us out furniture shopping (although we came home empty handed) and made my favorite dinner that evening. You were fairly unsure of the whole thing, but hung in there good naturedly.
You continue to grow at a rate that amazes me- I can’t wait for your doctor’s appointment next week to find out how much you weigh (a little over 13 pounds is my guess) and you are now solidly wearing 0-3 month clothes but still in size 1 diapers. You have taken to break dancing during diaper changes (unless of course you are hungry, and then my little lady, YOU SCREAM BLOODY MURDER THE ENTIRE TIME) which is adorable but also means I have to go in with a solid plan of action to get the job done between your moves. It is better than hating them though, so I’ll take it.
You have also discovered toys which is pretty fun to watch. I read an article about the top toys for the first year and while I had many of them, I decided to add some soft blocks to your collection and you are obsessed. This paved the way for playtime with Sophie the Giraffe, the world’s most expensive chew toy. You are also really happy to have fabric in your hands- a swaddling blanket, a bib, a burp cloth. A two pack of Aden & Anais “issies” have been ordered so you can carry around something a little more your own size. This is the face we get when you are happy and have a blanket in your hand:
You also rolled over for the first time this month (front to back) but of course you didn’t do it for your parents, you saved that move for Gigi. I was working in the other room when suddenly my Mom started yelling loudly and I ran in just in time to catch your second roll. After ending up facing upward you looked around like “Well…how did THIS happen?” and you’ve given a few repeat performances since then, but none for the video camera.
As I mentioned we moved this past month, which was awful (moves always are) and messy and dusty, but now it means I’ve gotten to work on your room and that makes me so very happy. Your Grandpa and Grandma put together your crib while you napped and every night I work a little bit more to make it a special place for you. Your Dad and Gigi have helped me a lot, and right now we are waiting on the paint to dry on a few items, your second curtain panel to arrive and we have to pick up hardware to hang up your book sling. I have a little sneak peek of the room now, but it is still a work in progress. I hope to be done soon.
Since you now have your own room and you sleep so well (knock on the wood of a thousand trees) we’ve been putting you down at night in your crib. I miss hearing your little snuffles and reaching over to touch you during the night, but I know it is where you should be. I will admit to sneaking over the creaky hardwood floors to watch you sleep on a regular basis though. We put you down in your sleep sack, turn on your Twilight Turtle and your white noise and off you go into dream land. We have slowly weaned you from the swaddle and you now sleep with your hands over your head, as though you spend all night celebrating victory.
We also celebrated my 30th birthday this month (your Dad loves May – Mother’s Day, my birthday and both of his parent’s birthdays!) and you wore smocking for the first time. It was actually a dress of mine when I was a little girl and you looked adorable in it, even if you didn’t feel like smiling for the camera. Please ignore the art-less wall and Mama’s crazy eyes…. we went out just a few days after the move and I had just gotten dressed out of boxes. (Sidenote: Smocking is a funny thing…..it is decidedly Southern and bit of a love/hate topic in Mom-World. Most of your current smocked wardrobe was mine, which I think just goes to show that it is a timeless fashion statement for the under 2 crowd. But if you ever want to start a Mom debate and breastfeeding, circumcision, cry it out and vaccines are “been there done that” take a stance on smocking to see the claws come out….)
As with every month, your Dad and I are in awe that it went by so quickly. You are turning into such a fun baby, full of smiles and noises and snuggles. Morning is still my favorite time with you but overall you are a cheerful, cheerful baby who wants nothing more than to play with her favorite people. You are growing up so quickly and we are trying to enjoy this stage- before we know it you’ll be rolling in all directions, sitting up without help and trying solid food…but for now you are happy to stay in one place, snuggle in deep for a bottle and watch your furry brother from afar. You are our world, and the best times these days are when our whole family (Rhett Butler included) hang out on the couch together, just enjoying the moment.
I can’t wait to see what your future hold baby girl. You can grow up to be anything.
13ish pounds, as told to us by the home scale (4 month appointment next week!)
Likes: playmat, snuggling, bath time, your squishy blocks, muslin blankets, riding in the Ergo
Dislikes: not being fed as fast as you might like