Mar 28

Tue '17

Letter to Jadzia: 4 months old

Jadzia 4 months old

Dear baby Jadzia,

How can it be possible that you are FOUR months old already?! I just cannot believe it. You are growing up so much. Your little personality is starting to shine through and you are truly becoming your own little person. I love you so much! I weighed you this morning and you came in at 11lbs 13oz! I can’t wait to find out your height at your next immunizations!

Oh you love to giggle whenever mommy tickles you or plays with your belly. It’s so adorable. I’ve even caught you giggling at your sister when she does silly things. I love how interactive you are becoming. You LOVE playing with toys. When you lay down on your play mat, you immediately grab for the rings and toys hanging from it.

Everything seems to go into your mouth these days…especially your hands and anyone’s fingers that are nearby. It’s funny, whenever anyone holds you, you can be seen bending to try to get ahold of any piece of fleshy finger to stuff into your mouth. You must be teething!! I took you to your first baby show and I bought you some teething rings. You love them so much. You can grab ahold of them and keep them in your mouth, but if you drop them, it’s a bit harder for you to pick them back up. They have great ridges that you can use to soothe your gums. The tricky part is keeping them out of your sister’s mouth!

You started taking naps in your crib this month. They went pretty well. You would sometimes cry when we first put you down, but went to sleep fairly quickly. After about a week of successful napping, your Daddy and I decided to move you into your crib full time for nights as well!! You have done wonderfully at sleeping in your own room. By wonderful, I mean we don’t have to move you into our room at any point in the night. Length of sleep is a different story altogether. You are still waking up 3-6 times a night. Every night is different. The longest stretch we had this month was 6.5 hours and that only happened once. You are usually up to eat every 2-3 hours. I am getting used to it, but I do wish you’d like to sleep for longer periods. I am sure it will come one day though.

The weather got a little nicer this month, so you have been getting to spend more and more time outside. I like to put you into the baby carrier and keep you snuggled nice and warm while exploring the outdoors. I think you are going to enjoy going for walks as the spring/summer months come along.

As with the past few months, you still do not like to take a bottle. You will eventually suck on it a tiny bit, but to be honest, the milk usually ends up dribbling out of your mouth and all over your clothes. I still haven’t left you for a long enough period to test when you get really hungry though. You hate soothers and will not suck on them. We honestly stopped trying to convince you to take one this month because it’s pointless. If we offer you a finger, you are all over it though haha.

You have started to like having baths! We’ve got you into a bit of a routine now that you get to bathe every other day. You no longer cry when you get into the bath and you are starting to kick your feet a tiny bit. Mostly you just try to eat the bubbles that are all over your hands. If we get you wrapped in a towel quick enough, you don’t cry anymore after the bath either! Yay.

You got your second cold this month. Your poor little nose was so runny and the sneezes came in threes. It was quite a bit harder for you to sleep. Thankfully you got over it pretty quick.

It’s amazing how much you can change and grow in one month. I look forward to what new and exiting thing comes next! I love you around the world infinite times!

Your Mommy

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Feb 28

Tue '17

Letter to Jadzia: 3 months old

3 months old

Dear Jadzia,

Three months old? How can that be possible baby girl?! The time has flown by so fast. You are officially out of the newborn category.

Well you are growing like a weed. I weighed you today and you weighed in at 11lbs 3oz. Such a good healthy growing girl. You are wearing 3 month outfits but I think you might be getting a bit too long for them! I’ll have to get out the bigger clothes soon. As much as I want you to grow up, I have trouble saying goodbye to my little baby. It gets easier as time goes by, but sometimes I just want it to slow down.

Bottles and soothers are still not your friend. In fact, they seem to be your enemy. Any progress you’ve made with them in the past few months seems to be gone. It’s as if you’ve regressed completely. I think your Grandma got you to take a suck or two on a bottle last week, but you sure hated it. You scream and cry anytime a soother or bottle goes into your mouth. You are a boob girl through and through. It’s tough for your Daddy because he wants so much to be able to calm and feed you. We’re going to keep trying though. Can’t give up and you will hopefully learn to love the ease of a bottle and maybe even the joy of a soother.

You had your first round of immunizations this month. You didn’t like the needles very much and you went all crying red tomato faced for a few minutes afterward. You recovered quickly though and luckily, you didn’t have any side effects.

Your little tear ducts started producing tears this month. So now when you cry, I have to see the tiny little droplets roll down your face. So sad to see your watery eyes.

One of the new things you do is lay on your playmat. It’s bright and colourful and it has a mirror on it. You lay there for quite awhile looking up at yourself in it. There are dangly toys on it too that I swear you like to bat with your hands. You can’t grasp them yet, but you’re definitely exploring your surroundings and feeling out what is around you.

You are still sleeping in our room, but you now sleep in your cradle instead of the bassinet and you seem to be doing pretty well. It was tentative at first because your Daddy and I realized that you had never slept on a flat surface. We panicked a little because we would like to move you to your crib soon and you need to be able to be flat in there. Currently, in the cradle, we have some rolled up receiving blankets on either side of you so that you are still somewhat nestled. We are hoping to be able to remove them soon. I know I said above that you are no longer classified as a newborn, but you sure still sleep and eat like one. Meaning you are up 2-5 times per night to eat, depending. We have had a couple 4 hour stretches but you most often go about 3 hours between feeds. It’s tough but I know it won’t last forever.

You’ve started to giggle and it’s so so so adorable. You love when anyone snuggles into your belly or neck and wiggles around. It’s like an instant mood booster because you always giggle. I am looking forward to some full out belly laughs soon.

You joined your Grandma and I for a little Oscars party this month. You spent most of the time sleeping, but it was fun to have our 3 generations together for a night. We left your sister at home with Daddy and so it was some nice one on one time with you!

You are a Mama’s girl 100%. You often don’t like to be out of my sight. It’s sad for other people because you cry for them, but it makes my heart warm and fuzzy. Still hoping you’ll warm up to other people soon though.

You are definitely more aware and have a lot more open awake times than the previous month. I can see you are itching to start playing and not miss out on what’s going on in the world.

I am looking forward to seeing you continue to grow and smile and giggle and everything.

LOVE YOU SO MUCH

Your Mommy

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Feb 25

Sat '17

Ballerina movie adventure

My Mom won tickets to see an advanced screening of an animated film called Ballerina (I guess it also goes by the title “Leap!”). She only won 2 tickets, but we thought we would try bringing the girls with us anyway. So this morning, we loaded the girls into the car and went off to the movies. There was no problem with the tickets and all 4 of us were able to see the movie.

This was Ezri’s second adventure out to the movie theatre. We went to see Finding Dory in June and that went quite well, but she was still fairly young. I was skeptical how she would be this time around as she is way more antsy and mobile. Her attention can’t be kept for so long. However, she did very well!! She sat in her seat for almost the whole movie. Around the last 20 minutes or so she got a bit antsy and eventually moved onto my Mom’s lap for some cuddles. But it doesn’t make me hesitate to take her to another movie sometime.

As for Jadzia, she did okay as well. She slept for about half the film and then was awake. I fed her a little bit and at times, she even watched the movie. At least her focus was on the screen temporarily. She whined very briefly and I was able to change her position so she didn’t disturb anyone around us too much. It was a kid’s movie so there were a to of young kids around anyway making noise. I wasn’t “ashamed” for bringing my baby out to the theatre.

The film itself was quite cute. It is set in the early 1900s and it’s about an orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina and training at a prestigious Paris academy. It’s a feel good type of story for sure. I believ the movie comes out in April, but I could be wrong about the date. Keep an eye out for it as it’s a great family film.

It was a great adventure out today and I am so grateful that my Mom, the girls and I get to spend some quality time together!

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