Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Week 9.

Dear Noelle, You are two months old already! I know, I know. I can hardly believe it myself. You're exhausting at times, but you are also perfect and beautiful and the love of my life. I'm so lucky to have you. You're such a daddy's girl. Not only do you look exactly like him, but you completely light up when he's around. He takes such good care of you and is crazy about you. You've started to "talk" to us a lot more these days. You've got some great stories to share. Know what else you have? Dimples! I'm not sure where you got them from, but they are off-the-charts adorable. Your Uncle Chad has dimples; maybe you got them from him. What a gift! Your eyes are so big and blue. You're still working on the whole hair- growing thing, but you're cute enough to pull off the bald look. (Not many of us are, trust me.) You're doing great at holding up your head, & we'll probably try out your Bumbo seat soon. You're a champ at eating and are now up to 9 pounds, 9 ounces. You've also grown a couple inches since you were born. Going to be tall like your daddy, I'm guessing. You and I struggled with feedings the first couple of weeks, but now you love nursing so much that you absolutely refuse to take a bottle of any kind. I'm thrilled that we're able to exclusively breastfeed, but weaning you is very possibly going to be a nightmare when the time comes. We'll figure it out, though. You're an awesome sleeper and sometimes go 8 whole hours without waking! Although on those nights, I've been up every hour anyway, making sure you're still breathing. I'll work on that. You're super smiley and have started to mimic what your dad and I do when we're holding you. For example, the other night I had you on my lap and was stuffing my face with popcorn. Dad started laughing because you were staring up at me, chewing away on your tongue. We're going to have to watch everything we do and say, because you're going to be soaking everything up like a little sponge. Let's see, what else? You enjoy baths a lot more than you used to, but you hate getting dressed afterward. (I'm the same way, don't worry.) We also suspect that you may be teething already, because you have recently started drooling like crazy and are constantly chewing on your little hands. But you don't cry very often, so maybe that's not it. We're so blessed to have you as our little girl. I can't wait to watch you grow and spend every day loving you. We adore you, Turtle Dove! You're the best surprise we ever could have gotten. ;-) Every day with you is a miracle.