Two Months

7 Nov

Dear Charlotte,

This month seemed to just fly by! You’re growing and learning so quickly, it’s hard for us to keep up with your development. Here’s a fussy-britches moment that was memorable.

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Some of the things you did this month:

Took your first trip to the Denver Zoo. I’m sure it was the first of many, and you slept through most of the day. But it was still fun to take you with me! There was a natural mothering fair going on, and all of the exhibitors fawned over you. You’re such a beautiful baby!

Five weeks

We celebrate a lot of birthdays in October – this year your Dad turned 37, Grandpa Jim turned 63, Oma turned 59, and cousin Alina turned 1 all within a one week timespan. That’s a lot of celebrating to be done!

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Nana and Grandpa watched you for a couple of hours while Mommy and Daddy went grocery shopping. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is a big deal to Mommy! It’s hard to think of being away from you for even an hour, so it took a lot for me to let go like that. I know Nana and Grandpa will take really good care of you, but I still have a hard time leaving. I’m sure it will get better with time, but for right now I just want to be around you 24/7.

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One night you slept for seven hours in a row. That may not seem like much to you now, but it’s a lot for such a young baby! We are thankful that you’re becoming such a good sleeper.

Six weeks

We attended your cousin Alina’s first birthday party. She was so excited and happy all day, and we’re glad you got to share her big day. Although you won’t remember a thing, we took plenty of pictures. The day after that party, we took a day trip up to Loveland to meet your great grandparents. Grandma and Grandpa Shields live in an assisted living facility, and we ate lunch with them and got to see their new digs. Once again, you were the hit of the place and everyone commented on how beautiful and well behaved you were.

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I had a six week follow up visit with the midwife clinic who delivered you, and you tagged along with me to that. Afterwards, we went over to meet my former coworkers at the University of Colorado. They were excited to finally meet you.

Eight weeks

We had our first early season Colorado snow storm this month. I’m sure it will be the first of many in your lifetime.

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You celebrated your first Halloween, and while you didn’t get to join in on the trick-or-treating, we did get you a costume.  You were the cutest pea in the pod ever!

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You had your first round of immunizations at your 2 month checkup, and let’s just say you were none too pleased.  We were able to get you calmed down quickly, but you had a miserable night.  You didn’t want to nap in your crib, so your Dad and I took turns snuggling you on the couch.  You slept most of the day and the whole night after that.

Two Months:

Eating: still exclusively breastfeeding. You’re such a good sleeper that I have been able to pump at night, and feed you the expressed milk on nights when I want an adult libation. Good times!

Sleeping: 7-8 hours a night! Yeah, baby!

Diapers: still using the size one disposables that we got for free from the study we are in. Those will run out in the next couple of weeks, and we will finally make the transition to cloth.

Playtime: We got you a playmat and you love looking at the dangling toys. You bat at them every once in a while, but you haven’t quite figured out that the reason they move is because you touch them.

Measurements: 9 pounds, 15 ounces (25th percentile). 22.5 inches (50th percentile). Cute as a button.

Developments: You’re now “talking”, and you smile on a regular basis. We’ve gotten a lot of this on video, and I think they will be fun for you to see when you’re older.

Nicknames: Charlie, Pumpkin, Peanut.

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We’re so lucky to have you in our lives, little one.  Thank you for making us parents.  🙂

Love,

Mommy

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