Friday, February 24, 2012

letters to duke - 4 months

February 22, 2012

Dear Duke,

Let me first congratulate you on sleeping 10 hours!  That has been so nice!  You've been eating 5 times a day for about 15-30 minutes each time.  That's made for a great schedule for the both of us.  However, we went to the doctor for your 4 month checkup and because you only weighed 12 lbs and 11 oz., I'm going to need to start feeding you 6-7 times a day.  We also learned that you can start cereal, so you had your first bites of oatmeal yesterday.  You liked it, but you definitely let me know when you were done.

You've started teething which I can tell isn't very fun.  You still spit up, but the amount you spit up varies.  Some days it's a lot and some days it's not so bad.  Since it was getting painful, you started taking Prevacid once a day at 3 months.   Now your pain is gone!  We are so relieved.

You are such a happy baby, always smiling and talking.  Your waketime is getting longer and your dad and I are so glad.  It means we get more time to play with you and make you laugh.  And, I must say, your laugh is one of the best things I could ever hear.

You've continued working on your grabbing skills.  Now, you're starting to reach out for things like my glass of water or my fork full of food.  I know that's only the beginning.  You are great at holding your head up and you've discovered your feet and ears.  I just happened to look over at you one day and one of your hands was pulling on your ear.  Although you've rolled over a few more times this month, you still haven't got it down just yet.  Your eyes will follow us as we enter and leave the room.  It's crazy to see how you've developed!

Your cooing and high sounds have continued, but you've started making a new noise that your dad and I think is just hilarious.  It's a lower, steady, grunt-ish kind of noise.  You'll hold these sounds out for a really long time.  It's your dad's favorite noise you make.

The songs I sing to you the most are "Patty Cake," "You Are My Sunshine," "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "I Love You So Much," and "A Bushel and a Peck."  But, as far as I can tell, your favorite song is "Itsy Bitsy Spider."  I love singing to you and moving your little hands around.

Each day, I love you more.  I am convinced there is nothing you could ever do or not do that would change my love for you.   You are showing more personality each day and I look forward to seeing even more of it as you get older.  Just know that your dad and I would do anything in the world for you.  We love you, sweet son.


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