Wednesday, April 21, 2010

letters to my daughter: Month 2

Dear Ellie,

Wow, today you are 2 months old! You are getting big girly! At your 6 week checkup you were 10lbs, 10oz so my guess is now you are around 11 lbs. You have also been changing everyday. Your eyes are still blue and our midwife thought maybe they will stay that way? We will see. You are following us around with those eyes now. I also love when you get a little startled and open them so wide, it is so cute. Also when you smile, as you are doing now, I think your eyes smile too!

You've been smiling since about 6 weeks I would say and your dad and I just can't get enough of it. We love to get you all excited and smiley by talking in silly high voices or tickling your chin and cheeks! It melts my heart in a way I've never experienced before you.

I think I've settled on the nickname I call you the most and I'm sorry to tell you girl, it's "Munch!" Not the cutest but it's just a short version of Munchkin and that just always rolls of my tongue! You are my little Munch! (Just reminding you again here of how much of a dork your mama is!)

I went back to work last week and last week was quite the adjustment.....not so much for you as it was for me I am sure. I miss you quite a bit for the 5 hours we're apart but you are in great hands with your Grandma Kathy. I know the both of you are having fun!

Thursday last week was also the beginning of a hard couple of days for us though as it seemed like you decided you no longer wanted to nurse from me and only would take a pumped bottle! It had me really worried/emotional/guilty/sad/freaked out/ that maybe our time nursing was over because I went back to work. After a few feedings of you refusing to nurse, I called a few of my great mama friends for some advice. The best piece of advice that came was to NOT give you a bottle and that you would eat from me eventually.....and let me tell you, 15 hours later when you finally nursed from me again, it made it all worth it! It was hard to hear your cry and have you be so frustrated and angry when I knew I had what you wanted all along but you wouldn't take it and several times I just wanted to give in and give you a bottle, but your Dad played a huge role in keeping me strong enough to hold out and we made it through!! I am so thankful!

We keep learning new things about you all the time and in your second month some more things I have learned are:

-that you love your bath but HATE getting out if it! You cry and cry when I take you out and am getting you dressed!
-you make a pretty great alarm clock, your fairly consistent as my 7:30 girl! I love this!
-you have discovered your hands and LOVE your fist! You seem to go to town on it at least once a day with a nice slurp-fest! It's so loud and cute!
-you love to use your leg muscles, pushing against us when your on our lap or "standing" up when we hold you like that

Something else that has become a part of our "routine" almost daily is walking! You and I try to take a walk every morning and sometimes another one in the evening with your dad. You mostly sleep through them but you are starting to be more awake for parts of them too and I love to see your little face peering out at the world! I wonder what those wide eyes are thinking?!

Ellie girl, you bring so much joy to my life. I can't even imagine life without you, dear girl.

I love you so much!



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