Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dear Stella: 2 Months

Dear Stella,

You recently turned two months old.  This was a big month for you in terms of celebrations and holidays and while all of it was fun it made the month go by very, very quickly. Too quickly if you ask me but I will probably say this about every month.


On December 13th we celebrated your baptism.  It was a dreary day and we had to sprint from the car into church so not to get soaking wet in the rain but it still remains one of the most beautiful days of this month together.  We picked your baptism date simply because it was the only date in December that worked for us and your Godparents but it ended up being a perfect fit for many reasons. First of all, December 13th is the feast day of St. Lucia, a saint that is particularly close to my heart due to our Swedish heritage and this year December 13th was also Guadete Sunday, Joy Sunday, which is particularly fitting considering your middle name means "Bringer of Joy." You did wonderful during the service and afterwards we headed out to lunch to celebrate you.  Of course you slept through the majority of the celebration but as soon as you did start to stir there were many people waiting to hold and love on you.

 

Two weeks after your baptism was Christmas. If there is one thing you will eventually learn about the two weeks leading up to Christmas it is this: they feel like two days.  At least for us adults, that is. For you and your brothers it will probably feel like two years as you wait in anticipation.  Our Christmas celebrations this year were perfect: a nice balance between spending time with family and spending some much needed down time at home. You slept through most of these celebrations as well and spent much of the time being held by extended family members, waking every now and then to come back to Mama to be fed. Your gift theme this year was dolls: Santa brought you a small little dolly that is made out of the outfit you came home from the hospital in, it will be perfect when you start grasping toys. Busha and Mimi also bought you little dolls, a Wee Baby Stella and a plush My First Doll. I'm going to be honest, as a lover of dolls when I was a little girl it makes my heart full to see this house filling up with dolls of your own.




Before I tell you about the most exciting thing that happened this month let's talk about the hardest thing.  Reflux.  Oh Baby Girl, if I could save you from the dreaded reflux I would. I tried my hardest to pretend that's not what was going on and then I tried to change my own diet before succumbing to putting you on medicine. In the evenings leading up to Christmas your Dad and I would put the big boys to bed I would make a cup of tea and then I'd go wrap a couple of gifts while your Dad bounced you and you screamed through the whole thing.  You may ask why I mention the cup of tea, well I needed something to calm me because I can't stand hearing you cry, but the Christmas presents weren't going to wrap themselves.  I usually did two or three a night and then I cuddled you until you finally cried yourself to sleep.  One night though you fell asleep in your Dad's arms; we were both amazed and were staring at you in wonder when you urped up and then screamed bloody murder.  It was at that moment that I knew we were dealing with reflux.  I called your doctor the next day and she immediately sent the prescription to the pharmacy.  In all honesty, she was just waiting for that call because she had called us a couple of times that week asking about you.  Since we started you on medicine things have definitely been better. Your fussy time is still generally in the evening but at least you aren't screaming for hours on end anymore.





Okay! So! The most exciting thing that happened this month! You smiled for the first time!  It's only been a few times, nothing real regular yet, but your Dad and I like to argue over who you smiled at first (it was me, by the way, just don't ask your Dad!) This makes me so excited for the month to come; I keep telling everyone that if you are going to grow older and get bigger anyway at least we have some fun things to look forward to.

 

At two months you weighed in at 11 pounds 7 ounces (52%) and were 23.25 inches long (83%). You have blue eyes and your hair is still dark on top but caught in different lights appears to have a tint of strawberry blonde. You are finally starting to like baths and still love to be held and snuggled. You really dislike being in the car, which is unfortunate since we had to drive down to Illinois for Christmas.  Once you wake up you scream for a good 30 to 40 minutes before falling back to sleep. It has made car travel difficult. While I really don't want you to get any bigger, I can't wait to see how you change in this next month.

 



I love you Baby Girl,
Mama

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