“The soul is healed by being with children” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
G.G. (This is the nickname I have called you the most this month),
Well the cliché is true; you have grown so fast! This month has been extremely eventful and at times I have felt a little out of control of our time and just yearned to lay with you and just smile at each other. I will admit that I selfishly adore and love our mommy / daughter time, especially first thing in the morning. You have gotten pretty good at waking me up by giggling and gently kicking mommy when you are ready to get the day started. You have started to sleep more in your own bed which Mommy and Daddy appreciate SO much and usually don’t sneak into bed with us until your last early morning nursing.
You are one strong little girl already. You absolutely love kicking, trying to push up on your feet, and holding your head up. And you surprised Mommy one day by ROLLING OVER (Dec. 2nd, 2013 at 4:05 P.M. was the exact date and time)! I have never squealed so loud in my life! I tried my hardest to get your next few rolls on camera but you were not having it. When Daddy comes home from work is your special time together and of course you rolled over for Daddy on camera when I wasn’t there….you sneaky girl! (Video uploaded on my Facebook).
You have been quite a social butterfly this month. Not only have you been visiting Mommy’s side of the family and getting to know your silly cousins, but you had very special visitors this month all the way from Texas! Your Great-grandmother (Granny Lulu), your grandmother (Grandma Lynda), and your Great-great uncle (Uncle Ray) got to spend some time with you and spoiled you rotten! You also went to your first party! Your cousin Kennedy celebrated her birthday and you were front and center at the festivities.
Speaking of festivities, you celebrated your first thanksgiving! Mommy was so overwhelmed with emotions as I FINALLY got to say I was thankful for my daughter during our family circle this year. It was the BEST feeling in the world to be able to thank God for you during our wonderful family tradition. On thanksgiving you also went to your first church service. All the wonderful church members were overjoyed by your existence. You had quite a few people pray over you that day and ask God for a special protection over your life.
Some other fun things we have noticed this month:
-You have light brown / blond hair growing in
-You stick your bottom lip out when you get upset
-You get quite distracted during nursing time
-You LOVE sucking your fingers
-Your tight curls are starting to change, the hair in the back of your head is completely straight now and the ones on the top of your head are starting to loosen. We are eager to see how it continues to change.
-Talking! You have become quite a chatty girl lately and we love it. When Mommy talks on the phone you try and mimic talking like her; which is usually loud and fast hahahahah
-Electronics. You constantly are trying to reach for Mommy’s phone. You even got to watch your first show (Barney) and you LOVED it! We try to limit too much screen time, but you sure do get a kick out of music time on the iPad with Daddy at night.
-StoryTime. You actually try and turn the pages while we read to you at night.
You could pass on:
-Getting dressed. You hated this last month and you still hate it.
-Cloth diapers. We have been exploring the cloth diaper world and Mommy will be honest and say its not my favorite thing. You also are not a huge fan. They tend to be quite huge on you and give you rashes. We are still trying to figure out if it will work by testing a few different brands, but we will admit it brings quite a lot of laughter at changing time.
Last but not least, after a great deal of thinking Mommy and Daddy have decided for me to stay at home with you full time for at least a year. I feel so blessed to be able to spend this time with you and know that this is an honor that not all moms get to have with their little ones; so I promise to cherish it.
Always with love,