Oh precious Charlotte, this past week has been a difficult one for us. A week ago you began to cough and a few days later we noticed that you were having difficulty breathing. Your breaths were very rapid and shallow and you were coughing more and more. We brought you to the doctor and he said you had bronchiolitis. We weren’t sure if we would have to bring you to the emergency room because of it. All day we watched you carefully and held you upright in our arms. It was Genevieve’s third birthday that day. I tried to be strong and trust that God would take care of you, but by that evening all the fear and worry that I had been holding in all day came pouring out in a river of tears. I ached as I watched you suffer. My precious baby, who had only just begun to breathe, laboring so much with each breath. That night Daddy and I took turns holding you so that we could watch over you and pat your back when you began to cough. I brought you back to the doctor the next day and you had improved slightly. I was so relieved that we had gotten through the very worst of this sickness, but you were not all better by any means. We are just now beginning to get our sweet, happy baby back.
You are a strong little girl Charlotte! Although I know you were suffering this week, your beautiful spirit still shined through. I just love you so much. This week has just made me so much more grateful for you. I thank God for every breath and every smile. I realize now what a gift these little miracles are.
You have become so much more social this month. I saw a big change in you after about 6 weeks. You smile back at us when we smile at you. You like to look at and study our faces. You especially like to look at Genevieve. You look for her and seem to really enjoy watching your big sister.
We have been having lots of conversations lately. You mostly say “ah” or “ahga.” You seem to like it when we repeat the sounds you make back to you.
All that milky time has paid off. You are getting so big! We took you to the doctor at 6 weeks and you weighed 12 pounds and were 22 3/4 inches long. You are in the 94th percentile for weight and 85th for height. You still fit in 3 month clothes, but just barely! I also have put you in some 6 month clothes and they seem to fit just fine.
You are absolutely perfect Charlotte and your dad, sister and I are so in love with you!