Full confession- I am stealing this idea from my friend, Whitney. When her first daughter was born 4 years ago I used to eagerly await her “Dear D- ___ Month” posts. She wrote one each month and it seemed like such a great way to preserve the memories of this precious first year of life. My plan is to copycat Whitney and write to Otis for each month of his first year. Here we go . . .
Dear Otis- 1 month,
Today you are 1 month old! It is hard to believe that you have only been around for 1 month. You are such a part of our lives that it seems strange to think back to when you weren’t a real live human baby. That first moment when you came into this world and the midwife told me to take your arms and pull you up onto my chest was one of the most magical of my life. I was so tired from labor and all of a sudden, with you on my chest, I was full of life and full of love and fully invigorated (I won’t lie- the lack of sleep that you have brought to our lives since then have brought some less than invigorated moments).
In the beginning you were really good at 4 things- eating, sleeping, pooping, and crying. We were pretty proud of you for excelling at those 4 things. Since then your list of accomplishments has multiplied.
You are now a pro at opening your eyes. They are no longer little slits, but are big, round, blue eyes. They react to sounds and sights and follow interesting things. They truly seem to be connected to your brain and are helping you learn about this world you have found yourself in.
You vocal repertoire has grown too. In addition to crying you now grunt and squeak. You are actually quite noisy, especially when trying for a good poop. Your mouth makes the cutest little shapes. You have a pretty hilarious frown, an adorable “O” shape, and even a smile. At first the smile only happened when you were asleep, but now you have snuck in a few during awake hours. We can’t wait for even more of those toothless grins!
Your neck is crazy strong. You can pretty much hold that big head up all on your own. When I have you over my shoulder you move your head to your position of choosing. When you are on your stomach you can turn your head from side to side. Granted, that neck still gets tired and droops from time to time, but we find it’s strength to be pretty impressive.
Your arms have a mind of their own. I don’t think they are really connected to your brain yet. Sometimes your mouth is reaching for me to nurse while your arms are pushing me away. Sometimes you accidentally hit yourself in the face. Sometimes your arms keep you awake if you aren’t swaddled. Even though they aren’t conscious movements yet, those arms are exploring and moving a ton. When I hold you, you hold me back. You can grasp our fingers and even small objects. You pull on the strings of daddy’s hoodie and you often stick your hands down mom’s shirt. I can’t wait for you to figure out that you are in control of those little suckers. Imagine the fun that will be!
You have gained over 2 pounds since you were born. You no longer fit in your newborn clothes or newborn diapers. You are quite the strapping young man. Your legs are super long and getting stronger every day. You love for us to constantly jiggle and rock you. I have a feeling you are gonna be pretty excited to start crawling later this year. You are definitely a lover of movement!
You are becoming more comfortable in this world. While your preference is to be held as much as possible, you have started to find happy moments on your own. Laying on your changing table, crib, or play mat you will gaze around you and take in the sights. You are only good for about 10 minutes before you cry to be picked up, but that is 10 minutes more than a week ago and usually dad’s beatboxing can calm you back down. You still only like to sleep 2 hours at a time, but you have figured out that night time is when we prefer you to sleep and we thank you for that. During the night you wake up every 2 hours, but then happily fall back asleep after a snack.
All in all, you are getting smarter and more adept at living every day and we love watching you figure things out. I can’t wait to see what the second month has in store.
I love you so much!