Addison has experienced many firsts these past months. First bath, town day, dining in a restaurant, holiday, church, beach trip, cattle branding, family vacation, zoo, picnic, camping trip, art work. My favorites have been her first smile, cooing and laughs. She is very alert and curious about the world around her. She holds her head up well, sits up assisted and loves standing with assistance. I have a feeling that she will be moving and grooving before we know it. She loves her pacifier. She talks, but mostly when she's upset. She tries to laugh, and occasionally succeeds, but most of the time it's a coughing laugh. She is full of smiles and enjoys playing with her toys. She likes looking at faces and chewing on toys or blankets. She grunts and snorts. Since three months, she's slept 4-6 hours at night before needing to be fed, which is nice because in the beginning we were lucky if she would sleep for one hour at a time. She wouldn't nap in her crib until four months; before then I used to have to hold her while she slept or else she didn't sleep. Breastfeeding was a challenge until almost four months old, when I started supplementing with formula. With the formula she's received the extra calories her body needed, and now she is a happy, and content little baby. She was small and slender for the longest time, but has finally put on weight and now she's my little chunk-a-monk. She does well in the car, and enjoys riding in the stroller or baby carrier. She watches TV. Before two months old, she always cried when taking pictures with mommy. Her lip quivers when she cries; it is the most pitiful thing I've ever seen. She's loves Sophie the giraffe. She used to always cry during bath time, but is starting to enjoy it. She loved being swaddled until four months old. She used to have a crying squeak. She is so fascinating to me.
In four months, it's amazing to see how much and how quickly she's grown. In ways she still seems so small, but looking back, I realize that those newborn months have passed so fleetingly. It's a challenge to remember to enjoy and cherish each day, to relish in the present and each precious moment. Before I know it, these days will be gone and my baby girl will be all grown up. There are many moments I look forward to experiencing once she's older, but I'm trying very hard to enjoy the moments I have with her now. It's very rare that I hold her while she's sleeping now-a-days, and during those few sweet embraces, I savor how small and lovable she is. It's those moments that I wish would last forever. Sometimes my heart is so full of love for her that it's near to bursting. How can we possibly love one tiny person so much? The amount of love that my heart is able to hold for her and Wes astounds me. It is a love like no other. Life is never as exciting, or challenging, or rewarding as when you become a parent. My life has changed completely. My whole world has been altered so irreversibly that I can't remember anymore what my life was like before her, and can no longer imagine life without her. She is my greatest blessing, requires my greatest sacrifice and rewards us with the greatest of joy. I can't wait to see what the next few months have in store for my little family!
|first holiday: Valentine's Day|
|first beach trip|
|first cattle branding|
|first art work|
|first Mother's Day|
|first camping trip|
|love Sophie giraffe|