Sweet girl, we celebrated three months with you today! I am stuck in that mommy paradox of feeling like we've known you forever but also feeling like this time has flown by! You are changing each and every day. You are getting to be so fun and interactive and talkative too! To celebrate your three months, I thought I would share your personality with everyone by using adjectives to form your name.
M- mysterious - girl, you are getting more scheduled, but sometimes your routine is a mystery to us. You are on a schedule of eating at 8, 11, 2, 5, 8 etc. and before Christmas, you were going 8p-8a without eating, but then here in January you picked up both your late night and middle of the night feeding again. I was quite befuddled and less than thrilled, but the good news is you've dropped them both again...we think. Also, your naps are mysterious. Some days they are long and lovely, while other days you decide to wake up 30 minutes into your nap. Mommy tries to let you cry it out, but you won't go back to sleep, even though you are yawning, fussy and rubbing your eyes! I think you are making a very good mysterious face in this picture.
A- adaptable - your dad and I drag you to a lot of events, and we don't always guard your schedule (so maybe that's why it's still mysterious!) Your Granna reminded me that if you were too rigid and loved your naps in your crib too much, you might not be so easy to haul around! We took you to Plano and Denton over Christmas. We'd prepared ourselves that you might not be able to sleep in different surroundings with so many people around. You did great staying Christmas Eve at your Great-Gran and Great-Granpa's and then 3 nights at Nana and Pop's! We took you to the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium, and just this weekend it was your naptime at the Baylor basketball game. After you had taken it all in (and surprisingly enjoyed it, not getting scared by the noise!) and even won the dance contest during a timeout, you started to fuss sleepily. I got out your paci and cuddled you up to me, and you went to sleep in my arms for an hour and a half! We are so grateful for your adaptability because you can sleep and eat anywhere.
D- determined - you are so strong on your tummy. You haven't rolled over yet, but we feel like it must be any day now. You are also determined to sleep with your head slightly turned to the right. When we went to your two-month appointment, Dr. Koush said that you had just a little flat spot on the back right of your head. She said she wasn't concerned - it just must be the spot where you prefer to rest your head when you sleep. We give you lots of tummy time and we hold you a lot, but when you are on your back, we can almost always find you with your head turned slightly to the right, no matter what we do to distract you to your left! Stubborn baby!
E- expressive - oh Madeleine, you are babbling and giggling, smiling a ton, and you even have tears now! Within a few minutes you can be smiling and talking then get serious and quiet, with your eyebrows furrowed. We love the ways you are already communicating with us. You have definitely found your hands - many times you are holding them together or waving them around...touching your face, grabbing your clothes, mommy's hair...etc. So I don't know how to edit videos - I think the whole thing is cute, but if you're short on time, just skip to 4:45 and watch it through the end. How can I edit videos, y'all?
L- literary - you love it when we read you books! You used to not pay much attention, but just a couple weeks ago, you were really ready to lock in on whatever we were reading to you. You love hearing our voices and looking at the pictures. You tend to talk back when we read to you too - we love it!
E- extrovert - you let lots of people watch you, hold you and talk to you - babies and grown ups, family and friends, you are happy to spend time with lots of people. When I pick you up from Sunday School, Miss Judy says "She was great like always!" You do enjoy getting back to your mom and dad eventually, but you love being around people!
I- independent - as much as you love people, sometimes you just need to stretch out on your own. I try to guard you when you might be overstimulated - sometimes you don't even want to be held by Mommy - you want to get on your blanket and stretch out! On Christmas day, the White gift exchange was happening during your naptime. I just laid you down in the dining room on a burp cloth and you got to sleep. You are also content to play on your own.
N- nocturnal - up until just recently, you have been quite the night owl. Some nights you wouldn't go to bed until sometime between 11-1am! You weren't fussy, just...awake, like a little baby owl. Thankfully, you have now begun to fall asleep at a more normal hour (tonight you went to sleep at 8:30! Praise the Lord!)
E- ever-changing - Madeleine, when your mommy was little, your Granna wrote down one thing a day in a calendar about my little life. I am doing the same for you - just a sentence or two a day to remember what is going on in your world. I go back and read things, just from a few weeks ago and am amazed how much you are changing and growing. We are so blessed by your health and good development.
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