Friday, November 21, 2014

First letter to Caroline

Dear Sparkle Eyes,

Hello my sweet little girl. I have so much I want to say to you that it's been intimidating to even start a letter to you, knowing I rarely have the time or energy to write all of my thoughts down. So I'll just start small and tell you what has been going on lately.

The most exciting new development is that you've already started signing back to me! I kept thinking you were just flexing your hand a lot until it dawned on me that you were signing milk. And at first, since it was the only sign you could do, you signed it for everything - essentially babbling "milk, milk, milk" all day long with your hand. But I see you try practicing "light" too and getting so excited when I acknowledge your communication attempts. You also already created your own sign for "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" which you request every diaper change. At least I think that is what is happening. It is amazing to me that a baby so young is already capable of "talking" to her mommy.

You're very strong and mobile. You've been rolling both ways for months and can get across the room to investigate little bits of fuzz on the rug with no problem. You can sit for longer periods of time, but can't get into the sitting position on your own. You've just recently been getting on your hands and knees and trying to crawl. When I put you on the rug to explore, you love playing with your ball, feeling the texture of the rug under your fingers and slapping any nearby books. And there are always books nearby, because Nate likes to set up your play area so that you are surrounded. Like a princess in a book castle.

I would not say you are always quick to laugh (you've been making us work for it!), but when you do start, you often have a laughing fit that is incredibly adorable. These belly laugh episodes are most often triggered by your brother, but your dad and I have managed to get you going on occasion too and it is the sweetest thing ever.

Your other interests include sucking on fabric, pulling hair and practicing your fine motor skills. I've been slowly introducing solids over the past month and you've impressed me with your ability to pick up small bits of food and get them into your mouth. You get frustrated that the process is difficult, but you are pretty determined. Bananas are your absolute favorite.

As long as you are well rested, fed and have a little something to play with, you're a content little monkey.  I am so glad you are here. I love you more than tongue can tell, sweet girl.

Love, Mama
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