Sunday, January 22, 2012

letters to duke - 3 months

January 22, 2012

Dear Duke,

Time for another letter already?  Crazy!

Well, you are a pro at napping/sleeping.  You've consistently slept 7.5-8 hours every night this past month and in the past week or so, you've stretched it to 8.5 hours.  9 hours is our next goal!

You've been eating every 3 hours but yesterday, you ate every 3.5 hours.  So, that must be changing.  Something I've enjoyed lately is how quick your feedings are!  Rather than eating for an hour, you eat for 15-25 minutes.

You learned how to reach out and grab things this month.  It's been so fun watching you figure it all out.  The day you first did it, you were on your playmat.  Your dad and I were sitting on the couch, mesmerized by your efforts.  When you finally got your little fingers around one of the links hanging down, we got so excited!

You've still been spitting up a lot and up until a few weeks ago, it was happy spitting.  Lately, it's been causing you a lot of pain and after trying Zantac for a week, we're now on Prevacid.  It's your third day on that and so far it seems to be working wonders.  It has been a long couple of weeks trying to figure all of this out, but hopefully we've arrived at the answer.

We had to take you to the doctor on January 13th and you weighed 12 lbs 1 oz.  You're certainly not a chunky baby, but people are always commenting on how long you are!

Each month, you focus more and more on faces and things around you.  When I walk in and out of a room, your head follows me.  It has been so wonderful being able to look into your eyes and make you smile.  One day, I started singing "You are My Sunshine" to you and you wouldn't stop looking at me and smiling ... so I sang it about 6 times in a row.  I loved that moment.

Something I've learned about you and motherhood this month is that it changes all of the time.  It can be exhausting trying to keep up, but regardless, being your mom is a great job.

You have taught us so much about life, love, and God and you're just 3 months old.   I'm so thankful for your life.  I love you.


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