"At last I have found it...My vocation is love!"
St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Elise: The Six Week Update

Okay, so it's really the six week plus two days update, but it's close enough!

Dear Elise,

The other night I was trying to think of one word that sums up motherhood so far. To be honest, I was pretty stumped; no word seemed to capture it perfectly. Then, it hit me: joyous. Being your mom brings me a deep joy. Remember that joy is something deeper and more constant than happiness. Joy persists even in the midst of difficulty (and in the midst of poopy diaper explosions and 2 a.m. feedings!).

From Day #1, you've had an incredible appetite! When you're hungry, nothing can be done to distract you. You "peck" and open your mouth like an eager baby bird! You also pant like a little puppy!


Your first two weeks were tough, because Daddy and I were getting to know you. Thanks to your pediatrician's advice, some informative books, and good old fashioned trial and error, we now know what helps you fall asleep. Daddy has perfected vigorous side-to-side swinging in the Ergo carrier, which almost always puts you to sleep-- even when you protest. At night, I usually let you fall asleep on my lap (on the Boppy pillow) as I type on the computer. Once you are sufficiently limp, I carry you into the bedroom and put you in your "sausage suit" (I'll explain what this is in another post). I gently place you in your bassinet, and you sleep for 2.5 to 3 hours. You can be a noisy sleeper and let out an assortment of grunts and whimpers, but I'm getting pretty good at distinguishing your sleep noises from your waking noises. When you're ready to eat, you begin to grunt... You never cry! I wake up, remove you from your bassinet, and bring you into our bed. You nurse for a few minutes and drift off to sleep. I also fall asleep, but wake when I realize that you are ready to return to your bed. Your Daddy likes to wake up early, so he takes you between 5:30 and 7:00 a.m. and lets me sleep in! (Yes, your dad is awesome!)

Growth and Milestones

Dad and I weighed and measured you a few days ago. You were 23.5 inches long and about 9 pounds! You started smiling the day before we left for our visit to California. During our trip, Nana and I got many more heart-melting smiles out of you! You also seem to be learning how to coo. One evening while you were laying on my lap, I heard you squeak. When I looked down, I was surprised at what I saw...your eyes already fixed on my face and a huge toothless smile!


-sleeping on our chests
-staring at windows and lights
-vigorous motion
-warm baths
-going to Church (you're very serene in environments with music and/or ambient noise)


-diaper changes when you already are cranky
-being swaddled
-being on your back when you are awake

I love you, baby bird!


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