Tuesday, April 29, 2014

3 Months

My beautiful little Rose,

Time is passing a little too quickly for me, and you have grown a little too much for my liking. I know that is part of life and there with be many new and great days ahead as you grow but my heart is a little sad that you are not my brand new baby anymore.

You are alter and more aware of your surroundings this month.  I feel your personality is slowing starting to emerge. Although I do think you are a happy baby, you are definity more on the serious side. When presented with something new or unfamiliar I see you taking your time and making a real decision whether you will smile at it or not. And you do like to save your smiles for only the best toys and people.

You continue to "talk" more and more with a growing demand to have a response from who ever you are conversing with. And you will often let a big sigh out when you are not satisfied with the answer given.

This past month your Father and I have really started our baby sign with you. The three signs we have started using are, "change" (for diaper changes), "all done", and "milk". Right now the big challenge is for us to remember to sign them to you before each activity. I really don't know if you know what each sign is but hopefully in the coming months you will pick it up.

This month it has been made very clear that you take after your Father and get very grumpy when you don't get enough sleep. And yet you have not liked going down for your naps and will often only sleep for 30 minutes, which is definity not enough for you. It is an area we will be working on this coming month my sweet Rose.

I have found that this month I have not needed to hold you as much during the day as you have slow started to become more interested in your toys. And for a few moments at a time I'm able to put you in your "baby einstein" chair, give you a toy and I can get a little bit of housework done. This milestone is bittersweet for me. It is nice to be able to get a few things done, but it means I don't get as many cuddles during the day.

Oh my sweet baby I really do love to hold and to cuddle with you. I love to feel your little hands grab hold of my clothes so tightly as if you are trying to say "mommy don't ever let me go". I love the touch of your sweets cheeks on mine and the wonderful sweet baby smell you have. In those moments I wish you would never grow up. That time would stand still, and that you always be my little baby Rose. Who would always give me those sweet toothless grins and long to cuddle the whole day.

But this is not so, and there are lots of wonderful moments to come. And I hope and pray that I can lead and guide you to become the beautiful women inside and out that I know you can be.

I love you so much and I am looking forward to the next month and all the adventurers it will bring.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter Weekend

We were with family this Easter weekend. We didn't really do any special Easter tradition mostly what my family play pass little Rose around, with my Mom (or Nana now) winning this game most of the time.

The timing worked out for us to celebrate my brother Eric's birthday as well. Which was really special as we don't often get to see my family on their birthdays.

When Eric was 6 months old
This is the last year of his 20's
This was also the longest car ride we will have done with Rose,so I was a little worried on how things would go but she was really good in the car. She just slept the whole ride, which was heaven! 

But sadly our nighttime sleeps did not go as smoothly. I don't know if it was just being in a different place or what but Rose was not impressed with the whole situation. Normally our night are pretty good concerning she is only 12 weeks old and my doctor doesn't want me going longer then 5 hours at night between feeds. But all of that went out the window, so all of us got a lot less sleep then we normally do.

It was wonderful spending time with my family and it was very sweet to see my brother hold their little niece.

And one of the best things of that weekend was that when it was over we brought my Mom back with us, so she has been getting a lot of time with Baby Rose.

Rose's In vs. Out Photo 
12 weeks In vs. Out

Monday, April 7, 2014

She looks like .....

One thing that I think everyone does when a new baby is bought home, is the fun game of who does the baby look like.

I love this game. Before Rose was born Mike and I would spend many evenings imaging what she would look like. Who's nose she would have, what color would her eyes be and on and on. 

When she finally arrived it it was so hard to take our eyes off her. One, she is just so beautiful (not that I'm bias). And Two it is fun to see who she looks like. 

She has my chin, she has her father's ears, but over all it has been decided that she looks like me. And I have to say that even Mike's family says that so it's not just my family saying it.

I thought it would be fun to compare some pictures side by side.

On left that is me at 6 weeks, Rose in the middle at 7 weeks and then Mike at 2 weeks. I think these photos show that she really does look more like me at this point. Again not that I'm bias or anything like that. These pictures also show that Mike was a big baby because at 2 weeks he looks much bigger then Rose at 7 weeks.

Let's keep this game going.

Here we have Rose at 8 weeks on the inside then at 8 weeks on the outside. It is really remarkable how that little  "kidney bean" (that is about how big a fetus is at 8 weeks) grew into that gorgeous baby on the right. It really is one of life's greatest miracles.

Let's do one more for fun.

On the right is one of my favorite pictures of my parents, don't they look good? They are much better dressed then Mike and I with our plain old white t-shirts. And you just have to love that sofa.