Thursday was your four month birthday! Today we took you to the doctor for your well baby checkup and you are doing great. You weigh 11 pounds, 7 ounces and you are about 25 inches long- this puts you in around the 25th percentile for weight and the 50th percentile for height. You may be a little petite but you are sure strong! You can stand assisted and sit with some help- although you do tiny baby crunches when you strain to sit up on your own.
You love it when we sing to you- your favorites are In the Leafy Treetops and You Are My Sunshine. When you get sleepy you rub your little eyes until they are red, and soon your heavy eyelids close and after a few verses of Brahms, you drift into a peaceful sleep. When you are awake you are full of smiles and giggles, you love to play in your Jenny jump up, you love to hold your rattle and play with the krinkly toy that I made for you.
You have lots of different little expressions. You have happy, playful faces and concerned, furrowed brow faces. You have hungry faces and tired faces and all sorts of faces in between. I love all of your faces, every single one, and I could just eat your cheeks right up.
I will admit I love playing dress ups with you already- you have tons of cute outfits and shoes to match. Wherever we go, people fawn over you and want to see you. You are truly one of the most beautiful babies I have ever seen, and I’m so proud to be your mother.
Before I had you, everyone said how different it would be having a baby of my own. I had done a lot of babysitting and had nieces and nephews and all sorts of baby interaction. I thought dirty diapers and crying fits, snuggling and kissing and singing would be the same no matter the baby. I thought I knew- but everyone was right. It is insane how much we love and adore you, how much our world completely revolves around you.
There is a special book that my mom used to read to me called Love You Forever. You may remember it, as we have read it a few times.
A new mother held her baby and very slowly rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held her, she sang,
I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.
Isabelle, I love being your mom, I love taking care of you everyday. As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.
Love, Love, Love you.