Wednesday, January 11, 2012

letter to lawton

Dear Lawton,

First of all, thank you for overlapping your nap with your sister today allowing me time to even consider writing a blog entry.  Much appreciated, bubs.

The past four months have been such a whirlwind around here adjusting to adding you into our little house and into our lives.  For the most part you have been quite cooperative and I feel like we have yet again won the baby lottery.  Both you and your sister have been champion sleepers starting at around 3 months and I could not be more grateful for that.  It's amazing how much more confident and HUMAN I feel on a solid night's sleep (although we do need to discuss this recent 5:30am wake time you've started trying out...).  We kept you in our room for longer than we did with her (mostly since your bedrooms are so close together) and you slep in your bouncy seat for a while once we moved you to your nursery, but you have now adjusted nicely to sleeping in your crib every night and even for some of your naps! 

You're a much better eater than Laine was, which you proved by weighing in the 90th percentile at your 2 month check up.  You were back down to the 50th at your 4 month appointment but seem determine to make up the loss with a growth spurt this week which has you wanting to eat close to every 2 and a half hours again.  I'll take the trade if you keep sleeping 10-12 hours a night!  I'm confident that we will be able to stick with nursing exclusively this time, which is very exciting for me and your daddy (and our wallets... formula ain't cheap, buddy boy!).

You just started trying out Laine's old jumper and your new johnny jump-up that hangs in the doorway and you seem to love the new perspective.  You're strong and independent already and love being able to be in on the action with your big sister in a whole new way.  Speaking of which, you ADORE your sister already (and the feeling seems to be mutual so far).  If you're having a fit, she can instantly calm you.  If you're playing near her on the floor, your eyes are glued on her.  I think she even got your first official smile!  There is nothing I love more than watching the two of you together and I can't wait to see your relationship grow.

Your other new favorite thing is screaming.  LOUDLY.  You scream when you're happy, sad, tired, frustrated, amused, excited, you name it.  It is your new vocalization of choice.  Most of the time it's pretty funny, but every now and then Laine and I BOTH are asking you to knock it off!  Laine reminds you often of the "no screaming in the house" rule, but you don't seem willing to play along.

I'm not gonna lie, I'm relieved to be moving out of the newborn phase into infancy.  I love watching new expressions grace your sweet little face and hearing new sounds (minus the screaming) escape your mouth.  I love watching you start to notice and explore your surroundings, grabbing onto toys, chewing on everything you can get your hands on, and even rolling over for the first time yesterday!  I also love seeing the many ways you have changed our little family:  I enjoy watching your daddy with a new little baby- his first SON!- and seeing Laine grow into such a special, helpful big sister.  And most of all, I am just so glad to be your mommy. You are and will always be my little handsome man.

I love you very much,