Charlotte, I am cherishing every moment with you, every snuggle, every smile and still the time is just flying by! You look so different. You are not a little newborn baby anymore. You have gotten so big! Fifteen pounds and 3 ounces to be exact. You are 25 1/2 inches long. It is time to move into the next size clothing. You are still wearing 3-6 month clothes but they don’t all fit you! Some of the one piece outfits are too short and I had to change your pants a few days ago because they were too snug around the middle. I feel like you barely got to wear these clothes and now you are ready to move on!
You love to smile and giggle. My favorite time with you is in the morning when you just wake up. After I change your diaper, you just lie there, smiling at me. I kiss your chubby cheeks and you love it. You close your eyes and just squeal in delight. I love to look at you right after I kiss you because your eyes are still squinting and you are smiling so brightly. The best giggles come when I kiss your belly though. You get very excited. Lately, the two of us get up first and the house is so quiet. I like having that time with you. We spend some time with the Lord together while I read the Bible aloud and then we pray together. You are so precious to me.
You love when I say “How big is Charlotte? Soooo big! You smile and laugh every time I lift your arms to to show so big. It is so cute.
You enjoy tummy time a lot more lately. I put the big mirror up against the couch next to you and you will spend some time on your belly looking all around the room. You like holding your toys and putting them in your mouth. You play with the wooden rattles that I bought you now. You love to put them in your mouth. You are definitely teething. Your little fingers are always in your mouth and you have even bit me a few times when nursing. I feel so badly that your little gums are hurting. I gave you a frozen washcloth to chomp on but you didn’t really like it too much.
As you are getting older, you are becoming so aware of everything that is around you. You love to look around and study everything. This has made putting you to sleep a little more difficult. You just want to know what is going on around you. You used to sleep through all the noise around you, but now it wakes you up and you want to know what is going on. We are going to have to work on having you go to sleep in the bedroom now so you can get good rest. So far whenever I put you down to sleep you wake up within a few minutes though!
I just nursed you to sleep on my bed. When your little eyes were closed I just remained still, staring, so I could soak in the sight of you, feel the up and down of your breath and drink in your sweet baby smell. I know these moments won’t last and I just want to ingrain them in my memory. Such pure joy it is to be near you. I realized that I would do it all again, the months of nausea and fatigue, the back and leg pain, the hours of labor… I would do it all again just for that moment of lying next to you in the dark, touching your soft fingers, kissing your silky head. I would do it all again for you.