Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Letter to Andie: You're three months old

Dear Andie,

How are you already 3 months old?  What happened to my tiny 5 pound baby?  You're doing exactly what you're supposed to do, sweet girl... growing, learning, and thriving.

Your third month was full of new little milestones, changes, and lots of smiles.  We started out going to the doctor for your 2 month check up.  You weighed 10 pounds 8 ounces, measured 22.25 inches long and are a very healthy baby.  Your shots were horrible, but daddy stayed with you while I hunkered down in the corner.  You slept for hours after the shots.

We took our first overnight trip to Monterey for two nights with family, and you were so good.  You are such a trooper.  You slept well in your little pack and play, and strolled around with us in your bassinet.  You get attention everywhere we go.  People always comment on your adorable chubby cheeks.

Your smiles make my heart beat fast and my insides melt.  You have been using those sweet smiles to communicate with us.  I love making eye contact with you and seeing you smile at me.  It's during these moments that I realize you have fulfilled something deep within me, you make me so happy to be a mom.

You've learned to take long naps in your crib during the day, but it still isn't a routine for you yet.  Sometimes you'll go only 30 minutes, and sometimes it's 3 hours.  Occasionally, you don't want to be in your crib and you just want to be held and snuggled.  We love to snuggle with you!  You are still waking up about once a night, sometimes twice, but you eat and go right back to sleep.  I don't mind one bit.

You've done well at taking a bottle from daddy when I go work and out with friends.  You've only had a few, but I know how much he loves to have his special time with you.  You've continued to do pretty well breastfeeding.

Gramz always says you're a blanket baby.  You love holding on to blankets and shirts.  You have tiny feet, your newborn sized shoes still don't fit.  You're wearing 0-3 month sized clothes.  Some are still a little big.  You are in size 1 diapers.  Daddy and I had our first date night since you were born on August 3rd, and Gramz & Pops came to our house to watch you while we were gone.  You slept the whole time!

We took you to your first doctor's appointment on August 2nd because you had 3 days of lots of unusual crying.  Your pediatrician thought you may have had a little intestinal virus, but the next day you were back to your normal self.  You weighed 11 pounds 6 ounces at that appointment.  Growing girl!  You're also getting very strong, getting close to being able to hold your head completely on your own (even with those cheeks), and we are always shocked by your strong little legs.

You are often a little fussy in the evening, but nothing that can't be fixed with being held, talked to, and comforted.  You like to talk, coo, scream, and yell to get our attention.  You like driving in the car, but have had your moments where you want to be out of your seat.  You go everywhere with me and do very well being out and about.  During this month, you started using your big girl stroller, you love being able to see your surroundings.  You also are starting to like watching the tv.

You are so much more alert, smiley, happy, and occasionally a little "demanding".  You have acquired some new nicknames from us:  Little butts (daddy calls you that), Mrs. Demandy-Andie, little bug, mrs. cheeks, Jean Jean girl, little pooh butts, sweets, and of course, my baby girl.

You bring endless happiness to my life, even in the moments you are sad or grumpy.  There is so much excitement, even in the little things, and it really puts life into perspective.  We still spend a lot of time just staring at you.  You are so special and I am reminding myself to cherish every day with you, because these days with my little Andie are numbered.

I love you so much & feel incredibly lucky to have you.


Jenna said...

She is so so sweet and getting so big! I'm not even her mama and I can't believe how much she's grown since you first introduced her to us :)


Meghan said...

What a cutie! I love the nickname demandy-Andie!

Jess at Just Rainbows and Butterflies said...

Aw, this post is beautiful as is your daughter. She's so cute and she'll love reading back on these little letters. xo

Caley-Jade Rosenberg said...

What a beautiful letter Trac! Little Andie is so lucky to have a special mama like you - and what a little cherub she is. I just love those cheeks!!

Brooke said...

So sweet! Anide is just adorable!

Leslee said...

These are so great Tracy! Will be fun to look back on them and Andie will enjoy these letters forever!

Anonymous said...

She is adorable !!! I have been following your blog for sometime now and I'm more than happy for you and your hubby to be blessed with a sweet little girl !!!

Allison said...

She is so, so sweet. Isn't it crazy how fast time goes when you have a baby??

Candace said...

Ah she will be one before you know it:) Happy 3 months beautiful girl!

Carolyn said...

She is so adorable! :) Happy 3 months Andie!!

Dawn said...

She is so sweet...she and my daughter share chubby doesn't get much better, does it? Happy 3 months!! My baby girl is 9 months and I'm trying to freeze time on as much as possible!!

Jamie Kubeczka said...

She is such a doll and I am glad your having a ball with her. They grow so fast!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

She is such a cutie! What a happy girl!!

Allison said...

This is so precious - I love that you're writing your beautiful girl these letters that she can look back on!
She is lucky to have you as a mama, my beautiful friend! xox

Unknown said...

such a sweet letter for such a beautiful babay girl! Love her cheeks!! I would love to get our babies together! Lets figure out how to make this happen. xo