Dear Scarlett, at 1 month

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Dear Scarlett,

You have accomplished so much in just one short month of life. You can now smile, coo, and even hold your head unsupported. Most of all, you’ve captured the hearts of all who have met you and turned our household upside down in all the right ways.

I don’t know who is more in love with you – me and your daddy or your big sister. She is obsessed and jumps at any opportunity to give you hugs and kisses, retrieve your pacifier when it’s lost or remind you that you’re her “best friend.” She still calls you Belly Baby and something tells me that will be your nickname for years to come. So far, we haven’t had any issues with jealousy and she seems to understand why you require so much of my attention.

From the minute you entered the world we knew you were going to be a good baby. You only cry when you need something – food, diaper change or a little snuggle. And you sleep unbelievably well. So much so that I asked your doctor if I should be concerned. You usually only wake up twice in the night and you nurse yourself right back to sleep every time. You’re even content to lay by yourself for extended periods of time. You just wiggle around and check out the scenery like the content little bird that you are.

I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop because I can’t believe we’re so lucky to have two easy babies. I mean I can’t even complain of sleep deprivation. Sure, I’m tired pretty much all the time nowadays but I’m not as delirious as I expected to be this time around.

Just days after your birth we jumped into the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Thanksgiving was a blur but by Christmas I felt pretty secure in our routine. Your grammy and bampa came to stay with us for a week before Christmas and they soaked up the chance to spend an uninterrupted period of time getting to know you. We celebrated an early “Virginia Christmas” and while you didn’t have a clue what was going on, your sister had a ball. Our second Christmas was magical and we followed up the holiday with a wintry escape to Teddy Bear Mountain.

It’s been a busy month and I don’t feel that I’ve had quite the same amount of bonding time with you that I had with your sister. I’m hoping that after the new year we’ll have plenty of days together with nothing to do but sit in the rocking chair and get to know each other better.

It’s hilarious to me now that just a month ago I was stressed out that I wouldn’t know how to love you as much as your sister. I don’t know how my heart did it but the minute I laid eyes on you, my ability to love grew and it’s been growing ever since. I am literally obsessed with you and can’t imagine a better anything better than a day spent with you and Savannah.

You have completed our family, little girl. It has been so fun to have a new baby in the house again and because you are such a dream of a newborn I’ve even had moments where I’ve thought we should have a third down the line. Your father is praying that once my hormones are regulated my sanity will return but for now, I like imagining an endless stream a little babies cooing their way through our lives.

1 Month At A Glance

Weight: 10 lbs. 7 ozs – 95th percentile

Length: 22.75 inches – 85th percentile

Cool Things You’re Doing: SLEEPING!, cooing, smiling, focusing your gaze on your surroundings, holding your head unsupported

Likes: Snuggling, SLEEPING!, eating

Dislikes: Poopy diapers, being hungry

Our Favorite Things About this Age: Your sweet, sweet disposition and ability to smile with your eyes, stealing quiet moments alone with you in the middle of the night, the beauty of maternity leave and the gift to spend so much time with you.

Nicknames: Scarlett Johansson, Scar Mar, Belly Baby

Thank you for taking it easy on your mommy both with your birth and everyday since. I love you endlessly!

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