My dear Charlotte,
Another month has slipped away and I am in awe at how much you have changed and grown. It is amazing to see each new thing you do, but I must admit I am a little sad that my baby is growing up! I just cannot believe that it is happening so fast. I miss the way you used to sleep on my chest, your legs pulled in close. Or those sweet times when you would nurse and gaze up at me as if I were the only other person in the world.
I just want to seal all those special moments in my memory. I want to hold on to them so I will always remember the feel of your soft skin and that sweet baby smell. I want to remember the way your delicate fingers feel as I hold them as you drift off to sleep at night. And the way you snuggle in my lap as I hold you close. And the way your eyes light up when I kiss your chubby cheeks.
But my memory is already failing me now as I try to think back to the past five months. And I know that as time continues to pass more of these precious memories will fade away. So I am purposing to treasure each moment that we share, my dear Charlotte. To be fully present for each kiss and each cuddle. To truly enjoy all of your smiles and giggles. I pray that God would help me to treat each moment that I have with you as a wonderful, sacred gift. Though my arms may sometimes ache from the strain of holding you, I know that one day they will ache with longing for these days in which you were only mine to hold.
You are such a beautiful baby. I think you grow more and more beautiful each day. You have just the perfect little face and such bright, sparkling eyes. And your smile. You open your mouth up so big when you smile! Your hair hasn’t really grown in yet. It is a mix of brown and blonde for now. I wonder what it will look like.
You started rolling over from your back to your stomach and you haven’t stopped! And now you are starting to pull yourself forward. Yes, we are in trouble! It looks like you are going to be a mover just like your sister. You also like to sit up now. You can almost sit up by yourself now, but then you start to just fold in half. 🙂 I think that you are really going to like sitting up and playing with your toys.
Genevieve is still in love with you and the feeling is definitely mutual. You just adore your big sister. You smile and laugh at her all day long. The funny thing is that the louder and rougher she is with you, the more you laugh! She makes you hysterical!
You are growing so quickly. You are wearing 6-9 month clothes now. And they just fit you!
You haven’t been sleeping very well this month. It has been really hard to get you to take a good nap, no matter what I do. Even when you sleep on me, it is only for a short time. So, you haven’t been too happy lately. You have also been teething, which I think is making you uncomfortable. You are always drooling and chewing on your little fingers.
I feel so blessed to be your mom, Charlotte. We are all so blessed to have you in our lives. I thank God for you every day. You are truly a gift from Him, an answer to my prayers. I love you!