Dear Amelia, You Are Two Months Old

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Weight: 12 lbs. 12 oz.
Hair: It gets lighter and lighter each day and we are seeing a little hint of RED in there too!
Eyes: The bluest of blue.
Milestones: Smiling up a storm and soooo close to rolling over.

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Dear little Amelia,

You turned two months old yesterday and are growing like a little flower.  Ever since you first lifted your head up at the hospital when you were just a day old, we knew you were going to be a strong little thing, and we were right.  These days, you love to lie on your back and stare up at objects, usually a toy or a ceiling fan, kicking those little legs in excitement. Our favorite is when you flash that gorgeous smile that us.  Your eyes will sparkle and you’ll coo little “oohs” and “ahhs” with such purpose… I have no doubt that you and I will always have a lot to say to each other, and I can’t wait for those days.

Your big sister is incredibly smitten with you.  Every chance she gets, she is peeking over my shoulder as I nurse you, or asking if she can help care for you, or putting her little face up to yours to plant a tiny sister kiss on your cheek.  The other day, Everly was taking a bath and I decided to dip you in with her for a few moments.  Everly thought it was the neatest thing ever.  While you’re much too tiny now, I see plenty of bubble baths with you two in the near future.

My little love, you bring so much joy to this family of ours.  Thank you so much for choosing us to be yours.

Your Mama

Dear Everly

Dear Evie,

It’s so hard to believe that you’re nearly six months old.  We are loving every second of life with you right now.  Your infectious laugh echos through the halls of our house and  fills it with your happy energy. Those hands that used to fumble are now focused and much more precise.  Your movements are calculated and your eyes wander about, exploring your space and studying everything that comes into your view.  It’s amazing watching you grow.

These days we’re propping you up, helping you to sit and find your balance, and watching your eyes grow big when you realize that you’re doing it on your own.  Your arms are always reaching out to touch anything that comes into view, and you carefully and fearlessly examine everything that you are exposed to.  It is truly life-altering to watch this and to know that we are playing a key role in these discoveries.

I hope you never lose that adventurous spirit that you’ve been blessed with.  Keep reaching for the stars, little one.  Your Dad and I will always be lifting you up as high as we can to get to them.

Your Mama

Dear Everly

Dear Everly,

I am writing this while you lie asleep in your crib at the foot of my bed.

I wanted you to know something.

My camera is filled with nothing but pictures and videos of you.

My house is in disarray (and your Mama  knows how to keep house like none other), yet it’s never felt more like home.

My life has never been more complicated, yet it’s also never been this satisfying.

I have never been more sleep deprived in my life, but I have also never felt so refreshed.

I had such a good laugh tonight when I came home from work, late as usual, to a sink full of dishes, stack of bills, hamper of dirty laundry, and a happy husband and baby waiting for me and thought to myself, “I am the luckiest girl in the world.”

I’m sure I’ll give myself another huge laugh when you’re a teenager and I’m looking back at these old letters, but we won’t go there yet.

Thank you for enriching my life in so many different, unimaginable ways and simply for just being our little Gracie-Boo, as your Dad & I like to call you.  We have so much ahead of us.

You are truly the best!

Your Mom

Things We LOVE About Everly Grace

Dear Everly,

There are countless reasons why your Dad & I think you are the neatest thing in the world, but if we had to narrow it down, here are a few things (as of lately) that we love about your happy little self:

1.  The way you wake us up in the morning by chatting up a storm in your baby bed, and when we peek in to find you lying there, you’re nothing but a smile factory.

2.  How when we lean in to sneak you a kiss, you open your mouth and try to eat our noses.

3.  The songs you sing in the car when you think no one’s listening.

4.  Chubby wrists that look like they have rubberbands wrapped around them.

5.  How you always seem to know when the weekend is here (and how we want to do nothing else but spend every waking second of it with you!)

6.  The way that we find out something new about you and how your unique personality shines through each new day.

7.  The way you smell.

8.  Those long eyelashes & the way those big blue peepers seem to have such a story to tell.

The list goes on and on….  Just thought you should know, your Dad and I (and most everyone else who has had the pleasure of meeting you) is absolutely smitten with your perfect little self.