My darling Mabel,
Today you are 3 months old. Yesterday you were 8 weeks adjusted age, so you act like a much younger baby in many ways, but you are so amazing!
This afternoon you weighed in at 8lbs 3oz! You are still tiny, but you seem so huge in comparison to where you started! You've almost doubled your birth weight!
At the beginning of this month your daddy and Ruby went to Maui for 2 weeks to work on the new condo (your first trip to Maui will be in 2 days!). So you and Lu and I were on our own for a while. This was good (lots of fun, and sleeping late and no school routines! and traveling to visit family) and bad (apparently mama had lurking postpartum depression and anxiety and as soon as Grandma and Daddy left, mama's brain imploded, but don't worry, therapy and medication are making things much better).
You still have skinny chicken legs but you are starting to chub up in some places.
We went to visit Auntie Bug and Uncle Jason. You slept a lot.
Then we went to Nana and Boppas. we all napped together.
you worked on tummy time
Once we got home we had friends come over for dinner. Flannery is just a couple months older than you but since she was born on time, she's a giant monster baby next to you. Don't worry, you'll catch up and be buddies in no time. Lu and her big brother Cormac have a blast together.
The sun came out and helped us get through some tough days
lots of walks and snuggles
you pretty much live in the sling. you want to be on mama 24/7 which makes sense you're only 8 weeks out of the womb! (which is why I'm glad you are still small)
your big sister Lu loves you so much, tho she has taken to loving you with her teeth...
But that hasn't stopped you from starting to smile!!
your face is becoming very expressive (when you're in the mood)
your sisters both wore this onesie when they were 6-8 weeks old, and here you are finally wearing it! my heart is so full!
your smile is so delightful, and it's accompanied by oooos and aaaaahs and occasionally a little gooo here or there. You're finally finding your voice. Just today I noticed a little screech, too.
My sweet baby Mabel, it has been a rough month for us. With my fragile emotional state, and your daddy being gone (and then Lu and I have been sick with the flu for the past week while daddy was traveling again), everything has felt hard and challenging. Everything is exhausting and overwhelming, but at the end of every day, you snuggle up on my chest and fall asleep and all is right with the world. We will get through this, one day at a time, you and I.
Eventually I will have to go back to work, but for now we have about 5-6 weeks left to snuggle and figure each other out. YOu aren't a fan of other people holding you for long which is going to have to change when i go back to work. It will break my heart to think of you with Isaiah crying and crying, and he doing his best to comfort you. It's heartbreaking for all of us when you cry inconsolably for mama. So hopefully over the next few weeks you'll grow a little more and realize that I am not the only person that can love you (I'm just the one who loves you best)
In two days you are going on your first vacation! we are headed to Maui, Lu and you and I and my friend Ashley and her daughter Lainey (a buddy for Lucy). You won't remember any of it. But we will play in the sand and float in the water and relaaaaaaax. And the sun will warm us up from the inside out.
Happy 3 months (8 weeks adjusted) sweet Mighty Mabel. Keep on kicking ass. I suspect you are going to do great things in the world.
All my love, Mama