Saturday, March 22, 2014

Happy 4-month birthday, Clara!

Dear Clara,

Hi love!  You are four months old today!!  You are such a little joy in our family.  Your little personality continues to blossom, and I admit, you are turning me into more of a "baby person."  I'm not ready to claim that title quite yet, but baby, you are so irresistibly charming!  Your sister loves you so much that she made her own video parody about you to the tune of "Let it Go."

MadeleineLetItGo (Clara Bear) from Allison White on Vimeo.

Too funny.

You are getting chunkier!  You still nurse for your morning feeding, but you prefer breastmilk bottles during the course of the day.  That works out fine since we are oftentimes on the go.  Your teeth are starting to really bother you on and off, and you are having a little bit of some sleep regression.  Most nights you go about 8 or 9 pm to 7 or 8 am, but you are starting some shenanigans every few nights.
March was a busy month, and you did so well just going with the flow with our family.  I am continually in awe of your go-with-the-flow nature.  Your awareness is growing - you love playing on your playmat, and your neck is getting stronger and stronger as you turn to look at everything around you. We've had to venture into some crying-it-out, but don't try any antics, sister, we know from Madeleine that this method is totally worth it as you learn to soothe yourself.  Where we are in uncharted waters is middle-of-the-night crying it out.  Hmmm.

You did have a little fever one Sunday morning, which morphed into a little 24-hour feverish virus, but all-in-all you are a pretty healthy little girl!  We are so thankful for your health.
As you grow, you are able to better support yourself, so this has yielded a new tradition: sister baths!!  We used to bathe you in the sink while your sister got a tub bath, but you are getting too big, love!
Madeleine loves having you as her little buddy.  She loves doing everything with you.  This could change once you start moving and taking her toys, but for now, we will enjoy it!

I know I have said this before, but it is already so hard to imagine our little family without you as a part of it.  Even as such a little baby, you add so much!   
You are generous with your smiles, cuddles and giggles, you still love your paci, and we love watching you grow!


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