Dear Little Sugar,
You, my little sweet muffin, were 3 months old yesterday and I am already feeling nostalgic about when you were a newborn. You’ve managed to lose that newborn look in the last month and you’re growing SO fast! Mommy tries so hard to hang onto every second of your sweet baby-ness because you will likely not have a little sibling. When you wake up around 8:30, I come to you and as soon as I say “Good morning, sunshine,” you give Mommy a huge gummy grin while turning your head to the side, just like that, every morning. I drink in your generous smiles and then I lay you on the bed to let you get all of your many stretchies out. You have a lot of them and it takes about 10 minutes for you to empty your plump little body of all of every single one. I’m so lucky that I get savor these moments. So lucky!
And did I mention your toots? You’re full of those too! Morning smiles, morning stretches, morning toots. I love it all.
You’ve been checking off those milestones too. In your “activity gym” the other day you worked so hard to grab the little bird’s wing, and you did it! You had to bat at it for a while and all that concentration gave you lots of spit bubbles that collected at your pursed lips. It was way too cute.
When you were 10 weeks old, you had a growth spurt. Mommy woke and…you were a real baby, not just a fragile little newborn During this time, we went to Orange (where Mommy grew up) for the first time. Georgia had the time of her life playing with her cousins while you let everyone hold you and say how cute you are. We’ll meet your California family too, won’t be long!
Laughing has become pretty common, it’s the best sound. Your sister Sugarpie was shaking some pink mardi gras beads on Monday and you thought it was the funniest thing! I hope that’s a hint of things to come. I hope that, over the years, you and Sugarpie have more smiles together than you can count. That was just the first.
Last month I mentioned how talkative you are. This month you’ve added more sounds: aaah-ooo! Guhhhh! And you’ve even added a newer, higher-pitched squeal to your cry when you really mean business. You pull out your whole repertoire when I talk to you on your changing table. As for crying, you have a few different ones. You have one for when you are hurt or really hungry, and one when you are sleepy and trying to drift off. This one is really cute because it’s more like intermittent protesting than crying. Your sister pretty much had one flavor of crying. This is just one way that you two are different.
Not only have you discovered your cute little tootsies, but you also have started to bring your hands together. That may not be the most exciting milestone, but it’s an important one. You like to clench your fists and stare at them too. Is that the baby version of comtemplating one’s navel?
Lila Jane, I love you so much. You and your big sister have brought so much joy in richness into our lives. Being a mommy is the best, because you and Sugarpie are the best.
I love you forever and ever,