For my heart.
September 14, 2009

Dear Charlie,

You have been breathing and sleeping and pooping for eight weeks now.  The strange thing about this is that I think EIGHT WEEKS ALREADY?! and ONLY EIGHT WEEKS?! simultaneously.  How can you have grown so much in less than two months?

And how is it that two months ago, you were not here, in my arms, at my bosom, an inch away from a million kisses?

Over the past two weeks, you’ve started to really blossom.  You are holding your head up for longer intervals everyday and you love to look around at the world.  Of course, sometimes you’re so busy looking at the world that you forget to keep holding up your head, but that’s okay.  A little head floppage never hurt anyone.

We are beginning to work out a general sleep routine as well.  You have been sleeping through the night – anywhere from 8 to 11 hours a pop – since you were six days old, but your daytime nap schedule was much less reliable.  Until recently, living with you during the day was a lot like being terrorized by the Energizer Bunny.

A loud, sleep-deprived, screeching Energizer Bunny with the remarkable ability to shoot poop clear across a room.

I’m really glad that chapter of your life is coming to an end.  The Energizer Bunny chapter, not the poop-shooting chapter.  I hear THAT doesn’t end until you start wiping your own butt.

You’re also starting to smile and laugh more often.  Your father and I love to watch you wake up in the morning.  First, you stretch out your arms drowsily.  You arch your back and crinkle your forehead.  Then, you look your father in the eyes and flash the biggest grin you’ve got.  It’s like HEY, it’s you!  I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

I’m not too bitter about your father getting the first smile of the day.  After all, I provide you with your sole source of nutrition approximately seven thousand times daily.  At a very bare minimum, I’m pretty confident that my breasts hold a special place in your heart.  So I suppose your father’s allowed an abundance of smiles.

Just as long as you promise to save a few for me.


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  1. By on September 14, 2009

    she has grown SO MUCH already, it’s amazing. the expression on her face on that second picture is just amazing.
    i love to read your updates..and i hope to have a baby who sleeps trough the night half as quickly as Petite Charlotte did… !

  2. By on September 14, 2009

    She is such a doll, but sorry, my favorite part of the post was “A little head floppage never hurt anyone.“  Don’t know why, that is seriously cracking me up!!
    My baby girl (now 2) was and is the same way with her daddy! Loves him more than anyone EVER, and I wouldnt have it any other way.

  3. By Elizabeth Mackey on September 14, 2009

    Cuter every day!!

  4. By Katelyn on September 14, 2009

    Eight weeks?!  Wow!  Times goes so fast!  She is so precious :)

  5. By caramama on September 14, 2009

    I can’t believe she’s 8 weeks already! She is so beautiful! And her night time sleep/daytime energy sounds so much like my daughter (who is now 2.5 and still that way).

    My son is 3 months old today, and boy can he shoot his poop! IIRC, it gets better when they start solid foods. That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway. :-)

  6. By Megan R. on September 14, 2009

    OMG…I am sooo jealous!  Sleeping through the night?  WTF is that?  I get about 3 to 4 hours one bout during the night…and then I am lucky if I can take on another one or two after that!  My daughter does not know what it is to sleep in the night!

    And, my poor peanut is so miserable with reflux and colic that she has yet to smile just for the sake of smiling. 

    I cannot wait until we hit some of these milestones!  Until then I will just read about this fantasy-type world that other mommies get to live in!  ha!  One day…one day…

  7. By Monica on September 14, 2009

    Yep, she’s no longer a newborn, just a plain old baby.  :-)  Congrats on the smiles, and on sleeping through the night!

  8. By beyond on September 14, 2009

    wow, she sounds like a good sleeper
    that must be why your posts sound so sane : )
    hard to tell what color her beautiful eyes are
    grey, blue, hazel, maybe it depends on the light

  9. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on September 14, 2009

    Beyond - right now, her eyes are blue, but they darken everyday.  I think we’re going to have brown eyes before we know it =)

  10. By kbreints on September 14, 2009

    oh time.. it flies. Next thing you know your baby will be five on his next birthday—oh yeah.. that is MY baby :(

  11. By Megan at FASS on September 14, 2009

    She has the most precious eyes….ahh.

    Thank you for your kind words about Maggie…we are recovering!  Happy 8 weeks, Charlie!

  12. By Allison on September 14, 2009

    She is too cute. How is she already 2 months old?!

  13. By Brianne on September 14, 2009

    Adorable pictures! My kid is almost 2 and still has some issues sleeping through the night!

  14. By April on September 14, 2009

    i especially love that first picture… such inquisitive eyes!

  15. By on September 14, 2009

    That last picture is so incredibly beautiful.  If it were me, I’d have it framed and it somewhere prominent on my walls.  Her expression and the way she’s holding her head off to the side—looking inquisitive, not floppy—is priceless.  You have a beautiful family.

  16. By Jinxy @ Jinxyisms on September 14, 2009

    I felt the same way with Lily.  Like I can’t believe its only been so many weeks and yet its only been so many weeks.  Sometimes I still feel that way.

    I can’t believe how lucky you are with the sleeping.  Lily’s almost 9 months old and still sleeps like crap.  She has woken up 4 times since 7:00 tonight.  That is 4 times in 3.5 hours.

  17. By Stephanie on September 15, 2009

    isn’t it amazing what 8 weeks can do to the face of a newborn? she looks so DIFFERENT and still so very adorably CUTE!!!

  18. By Katie on September 16, 2009

    Oh my goodness!  She is so beautiful! 

    I know exactly what you mean about thinking its been so long and yet also thinking time has flown!  It seems like Beanie has been here our entire lives, but when I see how big he is I think, “Where has the time gone?“

    What lucky moms we are.

  19. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on September 16, 2009

    I can’t believe how beautiful she is!

  20. By Julia Brown on September 18, 2009

    I LOVE that last picture!!! Love it!!





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