My dear sweet Mabel,
You are now 2 months old (yes this is late, but get used to it, you're the third kid), and I can't believe it! You also *finally* hit 7 lbs, which is still so small, but when you start out at 4lb7oz, 7 lbs is a huge accomplishment.
Aunt Mary made you some cute knits. They were a tiny bit big, but still you look awesome in green.
Grandma finally arrived! She spent a month here (just left a few days ago) and had such a good time snuggling you and your sisters as much as possible.
It's been a big month for you, you had your first Christmas!
We had a beautiful tree, your sisters worked hard to decorate it, you slept.
We went to the zoolights. You slept through it.
You met Santa, you slept through that too.
You got lots of kisses from Ruby
And hugs from Lucy.
And you wore lots of hand knits, looking adorable, natch.
Your favorite place is with mama. You had your tongue and lip tie released this month and although it's helping your nursing (even though you still are learning to nurse with a wide mouth) it didn't help your reflux, in fact it seems to have made it worse. (Don't worry this happens and hopefully you'll get past it soon). You don't like to be put down much at all, so you live in our arms, or in the sling. It's a little hard to eat hot soup with a baby on your chest but you're not my first baby who liked to be held so I've learned, and you have yet to complain about a carrot or two on your head. I've had to learn to sleep sitting up, which isn't the most comfortable but when you're the mama, you do whatever you need to do to catch a few zzzs. We borrowed an angled bed (the rock n play) from a friend and some nights you'll spend two hours or so in it before needing to be held. It's so delightful to sleep with you, but I'll be honest, sleeping on my side instead of sitting up is much better for me. One night at a time, we will get past the reflux!
You are SO CLOSE to smiling. Most babies smile by 2 months, but I have to keep reminding myself that you are *only* 3 weeks adjusted age, which means in many ways you are only neurologically 3 weeks old, not 2 months. It's hard being patient but you'll get there.
Some days Lucy insists that I rock you both together. This is another time that the sling is my best friend, and a comfy rocking chair. It's pretty great to get you both to sleep at the same time.
You do Tummy Time every day now, sometimes alone, but often with Lucy as your 'Tummer time" buddy. You're great at lifting your head up and moving from side to side, which is good because you have a little torticollis and plagiocephaly from how you were in the womb (double footling breech) and being born early. Tummy Time is the best therapy (besides Chiropractic and CranioSacral Therapy) that you can do.
Speaking of Chiropractors... Your mama was chosen as one of the top doctors in our fair city! you accompanied me to the reception, and were very popular. Well, you slept the whole time, but you looked cute.
My darling Mabel June, you are such a sweet baby. You have inspired such love and strength in our little family. I just love you more than I can express.
All my heart, Mama