Letter to Zoe, 3 1/2 Months

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Dear Zoe,

This is my first letter to you, I hope the first of many. I write them as a way to preserve memories of your early days which you won’t be able to remember for yourself. As such, they are as much for me as they are for you, as these are the things one can’t imagine ever forgetting but then later on can’t seem to quite remember. They are also for the benefit of loved ones who live far away, who haven’t met you yet, and who may only see you sporadically as you grow. But most of all they are so that you will know how very much you are loved and cherished…and have been since the very beginning.

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Developmentally your most recent accomplishments are grabbing onto small toys and holding onto them, bringing your two hands together to clasp, and laughing (your father nodding his head is particularly hysterical). You’ve been standing up on our laps supporting your own weight while we balance you for many weeks now – you have freakishly strong legs. Your track people walking from one side of the room to the other, especially if that person is your Daddy.

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At a three months of age your personality is becoming more and more apparent as the days progress. You really are a happy baby, ready to reward anyone who talks to you with smiles. You are beginning to laugh more now as well. It’s not the laugh I would have predicted you’d have. It sound a bit like a squawking crow with laryngitis. 🙂 And while there are plenty of fussy moments as you deal with both teething (already!) and reflux, you really seem to be pretty laid back for the most part. I take you to Bible study and you sit on my lap quietly the whole time. It amuses the other ladies there because you fold your hands at your chest and look intently at whoever is speaking nodding your head from time to time, seeming wise way beyond your years.

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We have the ability to capture you at this stage, both visually and audially, but I really wish we were able to somehow record what you feel like to hold. You are so soft, round, squishy and altogether cuddly. You have a way of melting into my arms and then looking at me and smiling, and its just about all I can do to keep from melting myself right then and there. You are growing so quickly that I know soon it will be a whole lot more work to hold you for so long. Already my arms are often quite sore by evening (and almost as often still are the next morning too, as you really like to be held a LOT.)  So I wish I could record this sensation now to enjoy over and over again as the years progress, but since I can’t, I remind myself often to enjoy it now while I can and to try not to worry so much about all that I am not getting done because my hands are full with a baby.

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Your brother is really crazy about you. To be honest, I was worried he’d be jealous and resentful of you after you were born. But although it has been a hard adjustment going from being an only child to having to wait his turn to have his needs met so often these days, he has only good things to say about you. He calls you his cutie baby or his sweetie baby. He says you are so pretty and that you are HIS baby. He takes care of you every way he knows how and is SO gentle.

You two already look like you're in cahoots.

You two already look like you’re in cahoots.

This past weekend when you were crying in the car your father and I heard him say to you there in the back seat, “Awww, bessie, bessie, it’s going to be okay. It’s gonna be okay, bessie, bessie.” He gets very concerned when you cry and informs me that you are crying right away (even when I’m already holding you and trying to comfort you.) Eli really looks forward to the time when you will be old enough to play with him, but please, don’t go start growing up all in a rush or anything. The rest of us need to enjoy your sweet baby-ness a while longer!

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With all the love you could ever possibly imagine and more,

Mama

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16 Comments

  1. June 20, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    What a nice idea – I wish I’d thought to write down the development of the babies as they grew. Your children are very sweet .

    • June 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Seeing other people do this is what inspired me to start blogging. Eli’s letters begin when he is about 1 1/2 years old but Zoe will have them from earlier on 🙂

  2. June 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    We definitely don’t see you guys often enough – miss you!!

  3. Nina said,

    June 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

    She is stunning, Karen! And yes, the siblings are definitely up to something 😉

  4. Inder said,

    June 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Awwwwwwww. *Heart melts.* She is so sweet.

  5. Kelley said,

    June 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Oh sweet girl! She is so adorable, Karen! And Im happy that Eli is so taken with his new sister! What a great letter 🙂

    • June 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Thank you, Kelley! I’m so happy that so far at least there hasn’t been much sibling rivalry. 🙂

  6. Linne said,

    July 12, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Hard to believe how recently you posted the last picture of your pregnant self and now here she is, practically ready to run . . . not too soon, I hope. I love that baby stage and it’s short enough at the best of times. Nice to see your letter to her, too. What a treasure for her later on . . .
    ~ Linne

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Thank you, Linne! I hope she’s not running too soon, lol! But I know what you mean. Time seems to be flying by much faster with this baby than with our first.

  7. Maysem said,

    July 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I miss reading your letters. As always beautiful and without a doubt will be much appreciated by Zoe. She is absolutely adorable and looks so cuddly! I would never want to put her down. 🙂

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Thanks, Maysem! I miss writing the letters too. I hope to get back in the swing of things soon. You’re right, this cuddly baby does get held a lot!

  8. July 30, 2013 at 9:20 am

    What beautiful pictures! Did you take those? They’re lovely. And I laughed at your little ones being in cahoots. So true! 🙂 My husband was also the first person my son watched walk across the room. It was so neat to see. For my second child, it was her big brother who earned that title. You are so smart to write these moments down. Glad I’m back blogging, and glad to read your beautiful posts!

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Thanks! I used to be great about writing to my son every month, but now with two it isn’t getting done like before. I keep telling myself it will get easier and I’ll get back to it. I’m glad you’re back to blogging. I hadn’t commented much before but I’ve been following your blog for a while. 🙂


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