You are 3 months already, where has the time gone? I wish I had started writing these letters sooner but we’ve been so busy together (and tired too!). I do make a few notes every night which I am using to write this letter though. You are growing and changing so much, right before my eyes. These notes, along with the little videos and lots of photos I take, are my way of remembering this precious time with you.
I fell in love with you the minute you were put in to my arms. As far as your daddy and I are concerned you are the most perfect baby we could have wished for. Most of the time you are very happy and content. You make some very cute noises when you are happy. You smiled your first smile around 6 weeks and since then there has been no stopping you. When you are really happy you smile and make happy noises as well as kicking and waving your arms around madly. Last Monday night, at 13 weeks old, you made your first proper giggle sound for your daddy. He shouted me from the other room to come and listen. It took a bit of persuasion (lots of silly noises and faces from daddy) but you did do it again for me to hear. It was so cute and brought a tear to my eye. You’ve yet to do it again and believe me we have tried! I know it’s only a matter of time though and I feel you will be a very giggly baby, if your smiles are anything to go by.
Many people have commented on the way you stare at me when you are in my arms, sometimes smiling your gorgeous big smile, other times drifting off to sleep but always watching me. Even when you are being cuddled by one of your grandparents or aunties you will spend a lot of time looking at me if I’m close by. You know and love your daddy too though and you are happy when you are in his arms watching and smiling at him. You especially love it when your daddy baths you and you seem so relaxed when we wash your hair. You tried to fall asleep whilst we washed you hair the other night it was so relaxing for you. You’ve always loved having your hair washed but you cried when you had your first bath however you soon came to love them.
You’ve always been a good sleeper (although you do have your bad nights but that is to be expected). Up until 5 weeks old you slept most of the day except when you needed a feed but after that you started to fight naps in the day (only napping in my arms and waking the minute I tried to put you down) leaving you cranky and over tired in the evenings. You continued to sleep well at night though which we are grateful for. Most of the time you will sleep from around 10:30pm until anywhere between 7:30 and 9am waking only once or twice. This past month though you have got better at having naps in the day in your mosses basket or pram if we are out & consequently are a lot happier in the evening. This week we have started trying to get you in to a bed time routine and have managed to get you to sleep in your basket, upstairs, in our bedroom between 8 & 9pm. You’re not too keen on this idea and have spent most evenings after your bath screaming and refusing to feed or sleep. We’ll keep trying different times though and I’m sure we will work out what you are trying to tell us and get it right in the end. Sometimes you really fight sleep and it is a real struggle to get you to sleep (my hair dryer works a treat though so this is often how I get you down for your first nap in the morning after I’ve showered). Most of the time though you settle yourself off to sleep within 5-10 minutes with no crying which amazes me.
So far you have been exclusively breastfed & are gaining weight well. You were 7lbs 6oz at birth and last time I had you weighed at 11 weeks you were 11lbs 14oz. Your first feed was several hours after you were born, as I had to go to theatre to have some stitches. You were well looked after by your daddy though and believe me I missed you so much. However your first feed went really well. It was like you knew exactly what to do. I’ve really enjoyed this special time just for you and me and hopefully we will continue this sucessfully for some time yet.
We brought you home from hospital when you were two days old. You didn’t like your car seat when we first put you in it but you soon calmed down. It took daddy a while to be happy that your seat was safely fitted and then we made that first nervous drive home. Daddy had 2 weeks off work when you were born. We spent them quietly at home, mostly feeding and sleeping but spending your brief awake periods getting to know you. We had some quiet days just the 3 of us but also lots of visits from your grandparents, aunties, Uncle and big cousin. They all love you so much and even now 14 weeks on they visit you as often as they can.
On your daddy’s first day back at work I remember wondering how we would cope but we did just fine. You are a fairly easy baby for which I am grateful. We spent most of our first week just the two of us, at home but after that we started getting out at least 3 days a week to various baby groups. We are lucky to have met a nice group of mums and babies through our postnatal class who we meet up with at least once a week. You enjoy our baby yoga classes & when we do bits of yoga/massage at home. We’ve also spent many an afternoon walking in the park, as this summer we have had a lot of nice weather. Sometimes it’s been too hot for you really but you take it all in your stride. Your well travelled too. We’ve taken you to meet family all over Cheshire, to Yorkshire and we’ve been to Anglesey a couple of times too.
As much as you love being cuddled you also love spending time having a kick about on the floor. You love your playmat and also the toys over your bouncy chair. In the last few weeks you have really started taking an interest in these toys dangling above your head. You will stare intensly at them for ages, talking away to them. You also like to reach for them and hit them so the move and make sounds. You seem to enjoy tummy time too and are getting quiet strong. Sometimes when you are on your back under your playmat you wriggle so much, I have sat an watched in awe as you rotate 360 degrees from where I placed you. Although you are not reaching out to grab things yet, if you catch my necklace or top in your hand, or I place one of your toy rings in your hands, you won’t let go.
I’ll finish off by saying how much I am enjoying spending my days with you, getting to know your sweet personality. Right now I can’t imagine doing anything else.