LIFE: 4 Months

(Mommy fail: this post is 4 days LATE. We’ve been busy)

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My darling daughter,

What a gratifying month this has been. You continue to amaze me with how much you grow each day. You’ve come so far from the first few weeks (over a month, actually) of life, screaming and crying and needing so much of my attention, care and love. I thought that maybe we were in for it with you…that maybe you’d be one of them babies that’s just difficult and takes their sweet time to grow out of that. I’m so relieved and thrilled that you’ve moved on from that trying time. 

You’ve brought your daddy and me so much joy and awe over this past month. I find myself saying quite often how happy and grateful I am to have such a good and happy baby. Of course, you have your moments just like the rest of us, of crankiness and fussing over being tired or hungry (if Mommy waits too long to feed you). But I’d have to say that most of the day, you’re happy as a clam. You wake up each morning in the best of moods, calm, smiling and chatting away. I can’t ask for anything better to wake up to. You spend your day at home rotating between your swing (listening to the chirping birds), in your play yard (swatting at your hanging friends and getting some tummy time), in your new jumper/entertainer (pressing musical buttons and trying your hardest to remove the stationary toys), napping in your crib, feeding and cuddling in your mommy’s arms. When Daddy comes home it’s in his arms you go, on your way outside for your own personal tour of his garden and to visit the chickens. The evening usually brings out a little irritability in you. You’re tired and restless and you try to fight your eyelids from closing one last time for the day. That’s where I come in, cradling you in my arms with a pacifier in your mouth, rocking you back and forth and singing to you the “ABC’s” and “You Are My Sunshine” to get you to sleep. Those are your favorite songs.

This month brought us all a big change.  Mommy went back to work for a few weeks. In Mommy’s perfect world, I’d be home with you everyday. I have always dreamt of being a stay-at-home Mom, because I was lucky enough to have my mom stay home with me when I was little, and I know how special and beneficial that is. In my perfect scenario, we would start each day by cuddling in bed, playing with your little toes, making silly faces, chatting back and forth and kissing you all over.  Like I said, your at your best in the mornings. The rest of our days would be filled with a number of different activities. We’d make breakfast together, listen to music, dance (with you in the carrier), sing songs, play in your jumper, visit our garden in the backyard, pick our fruits and vegetables, visit the chickens and collect their eggs, play with the dogs, go for a walk, and take a few occasional trips to the park and Descanso Gardens.  As you grow, I’d most definitely have arts and crafts hour (probably TWO hours), we’d make beautiful things for Daddy to give him when he comes home from work, we’d make masterpieces that I can hang on our walls, we’d watch educational videos and my favorite kid movies from my childhood, we’d play with your toys and play games, I’d spend time teaching you your letters, numbers, colors and we would read books together in our reading corner (which we don’t have yet, but will). We’d go to museums and other kid friendly events and have play dates with friends. I’d basically create my own little “home school” for you until your old enough to go to school. I can’t wait to fill your head with so much knowledge and skills!

Unfortunately, my love, Mommy and Daddy can’t afford the luxury of not working right now. I have to. But believe me when I say that I’ve been endlessly thinking about a way to make my dream a reality. I’ve been brainstorming ideas on ways to make money and stay at home with you. This is so important to me, I just have to find a way…to make a way. As of now, my best idea is to dive into the world of photography. I’m also thinking of selling hand made items (like quilts, blankets, bibs, burp cloths, etc.) on Etsy. I’m still in the beginning stages of figuring this out and these ideas are subject to change. My goal is to be at home with you full time as of this time next year. In the meantime, you get to spend 4 days a week at Grandma’s (my mom) house while Mommy’s at work! We’ve had 2 1/2 weeks of this new routine so far this month. Next week, it goes into full effect when I start teaching art again.  You’ve loved spending time with Grandma so far. You really do love her and you’re always good for her. You’re so lucky to have this one-of-a-kind, amazing and special woman be so involved in your life and love you so much. I never had a close relationship with either of my Grandmas, which makes me so happy to know that you and Grandma will be so close. I guess that’s the silver lining of our situation. I want you to know that I miss you every minute that I’m away from you, but I know your in the most loving and caring hands, so I don’t worry about you one bit. I treasure the time we do have together so much more, now.

Being your mommy has been so rewarding. I still can’t get over the fact that you were in my tummy only 4 months ago, and now here you are, so big and so beautiful.  Your beauty truly does take our breath away. Daddy still gets choked up at just the sight of you. He tells you how much he loves you every chance he gets. I still catch him staring at you in amazement because you’re so perfect and so ours. We’re so proud of you, baby girl. You’re such a fast learner and developer. You’ve been rolling over onto your tummy all month long, and I’m so excited to say that just over the weekend, you FINALLY figured out how to roll onto your back from your tummy! Mommy doesn’t have to constantly come to your rescue anymore and flip you back over like a little pancake. You’re doing it all by yourself! You also sat up on your own (in our soft, cushioned bed) for a whole minute without teetering over. You’re still a little chatter box and your smiling and giggling more at little things. Your hands are constantly reaching for things, grabbing things, and then shoving things into your mouth. You hold onto Mommy’s shirt and/or hair when I carry you on my hip. You check out and observe EVERYTHING.  You love to watch cars drive by on the street.  You like watching our dogs, Roxi and Rancho. You try to hold your own bottle while you eat. You’ve started feeling Mommy’s face when I lean in for kisses.  You’ve discovered your feet and grab onto them when they’re flung up in the air above your head. You eat about 5 1/2 to 6 oz. every 3-4 hours. The last week of this month, you slept every night in your own crib, waking up once (still) for a feeding. You try with all your might to crawl. Instead, your efforts result in an “army crawl”, pulling yourself forward with your arms.  You only move a few inches, but you’re determination is strong as ever. We have a feeling you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ in no time. You enjoy taking baths in your little blue tub, splashing your arms and feet in the water.  You love taking a dip in our swimming pool. You still have a full head of hair, but it’s finally beginning to lay flatter on your head, rather than sticking straight up. I’ve noticed, though, that it’s thinning out a little on the right side. Hold on with all your might, little hairs! You’ve been wearing size 2 diapers and have outgrown your 3 months sized clothing. Your size 3-6 months clothing are getting their last use and your just about in the 6 months size range. You love to stand on your feet while we hold your arms and support most of your weight. You’re such a strong baby. You’ve entered a phase that Daddy is not happy about at all.  Towards the end of this month, you’ve began to favor ME.  Daddy tries to hold you and play with you when he comes home from work, but you cry and fuss in his arms until he hands you over to me. Silence. This hurts Daddy’s feelings, but he still loves you and will keep trying to win your affection until you grow out of it.

Well, Mia Rose…that’s the most recent happenings of your life in a nutshell. You’re the star of our show and Mommy and Daddy are your biggest fans.  We can’t wait to see what you’ll learn and accomplish each day.  There’s nothing in the world like being a mommy, and I can’t imagine my life without you in it. You are my everything, and I am yours. I love you with everything that I am.

Hugs and kisses!

Mommy

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  1. So very sweet XOXO

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