Saturday, August 8, 2015

two months

I take time each week to write a bit about AnnaRose - how she's changing, any fun stories of things we do together, and my experience as a new mom. This is a collection of those writings, in a letter to my daughter.

AnnaRose at 7 weeks, photo by Carly Bish Photography

Rosie Girl,
This month, you are giving all the smiles. We love it! Trying to get you to smile is one of our favorite things, but it doesn't usually work. You do it when you feel like it and that is OK. You've got a mind of your own already. And those little baby coos, which you like to do while we change your diaper, there is almost nothing cuter. As you reached the two month mark, you have started "conversing" with us. You love music. I made you a mellow playlist with Ben Folds and Sam Cooke songs, but you usually prefer us singing to you. Some of your favorites are "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Sing" from Sesame Street, "Careless Whisper," and anything by James Taylor. But really, I can sing play-by-play of anything I'm doing and you seem to enjoy it.
I just love being your mom. It is hard, at times, to follow your lead; to be patient, to stay awake, to not get stuff done. It's hard for a second, and then it isn't hard at all, because you are amazing to watch and I don't want to miss anything.
This month, we are really getting to know you: Hold me, sing to me, don't count on me napping. Your daddy had some time off before starting a new job this month, and you two really got to bond. It was awesome. You, our girl, are awesome.
Love,
Mama

Thanks for reading my monthly Rosie Letters. It is how I pause and savor these moments.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

one month

I'm playing a bit of catch up here. AnnaRose is now over two months old, so I will be sharing her one month and two month updates right away, and then I hope to get in a flow. We shall see!

I take time each week to write a bit about AnnaRose - how she's changing, any fun stories of things we do together, and my experience as a new mom. This is a collection of those writings, in a letter to my daughter.



My little Rosie,
One month old, and we wonder what we did with our time before you arrived. You bring everyone around you so much joy - even if you spend much of your time asleep! You are a very content baby; being fed by me is what you want the most. We've made a lot of progress with breastfeeding since coming home from the hospital and I'm proud of both of us! We both had some learning to do with that, but you are doing great, kiddo.
I was suprised at how quickly you were able to grab for things - one week old, and you were pulling at my hair and glasses. By two weeks, you were lifting that adorable head up a little at a time, and already having a signature "look." It is a slightly mad looking, very thoughful scowl. You are without a doubt, my daughter.
I'm so proud of you. You are sleeping well, eating great, and growing. Those are your only jobs right now. But, even if you have trouble in these areas, or challenges with anything, I'd still be so proud.
Baby girl, you are the best gift I ever got. I'm not going to lie to you - those first 3 weeks were tough. Feeding you around the clock, very little sleep, and making sure to take care of myself too was very challenging. But you, AnnaRose, you are worth a million billion sleepless nights.
Love,
Mama

Thanks for reading my monthly Rosie Letters. It is how I pause and savor these moments.