Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Tidal Wave of Emotion

Dear Madeleine,

Oh my goodness, you sweet, silly girl. Every day you amaze me with the words that you're learning and using. Today you pointed to a passing truck and said "cah," and I wondered how long you've known that cars were passing but you were keeping that little word all to yourself. 

This morning we went on a drive, just cruising around the area, to calm Ellie down and when we returned I put you both in the house and ran back out to the car to grab my handbag. When I walked back in you were crouched down right in front of Ellie's carseat and holding her pacifier in your hand, gently coercing her to accept it from you. Ever since Ellie entered our world 5 weeks ago you have been so incredibly sweet and gentle to her.  You giggle when you see her moving, a giant smile lights up your face when you hold her hand, when you two have bath time together you very gently point out and announce that you've found Ellie's toes and when I'm breastfeeding her you love to snuggle up to me and gently pat her feathery hair on her head.  Part of your bedtime routine is giving Ellie a goodnight kiss and you make the sweetest puckering sound when you kiss her, it is without a doubt the highlight of my day, every single day.  Every day you amaze both me and Dad with your internal joy, goodness and desire to simply love your sister, your doggie and your parents. It warms my heart in a way that I didn't know was possible. 

Thank you for the happiness you bring to me every single day. 

1 month check up

Dear Elodie,

Yesterday you had your 1 month check up and you've come a LONG way! When you were born you weighed only 5 pounds 7 ounces but now, 5 weeks later you're a whopping 9.08 pounds!! YAY!! What's funny is that Maddie weighed 9 pounds even when she was born and she was born 2 weeks late and you were born 3 weeks early. Technically you two would have weighed the exact same amount had you both been born 2 weeks late.

I can't believe how quickly these last 5 (almost 6!) weeks have gone by. Your sister is so incredibly in love with you. Any chance that she gets to be near you she gives you kisses and holds your hand, subsequently that's also how you acquired your first cold last week. I've heard that sisters share everything and I assume that this is the beginning of a lifetime of sharing (for better or worse) for you both.

You're starting to smile all the time lately too, even at 3:00 in the morning...which I would prefer to be sleeping but if I can't sleep then smiles from my sweet Elodie Faye is the next best thing. I've also discovered that you pretty much hate tummy time but absolutely love being outside or in the bouncer.  Wherever you're fussy I can just open the patio door and step outside with you and almost instantly you become quite and serene. I wonder if this is a precursor to what your interests will be as you become older.

You at exactly one month old, sleeping peacefully on my chest

I want to freeze time right now so I can enjoy every precious second of your babyhood but I can't wait to see more of your personality flourish.