Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dear Harper: Two Months Old

I can hardly believe you are two months old, Harper-Lynn.  Time is flying!

You are growing like a weed and currently wear a size 0-3 months, but wear a 3-6 months in sleepers and pants.  It was very sad when I recently packed up all of your newborn clothing.  It was so weird to have your clothes fit you one day and then be too tight on you the next. 

I've been doing lots of shopping at consignment stores and through Facebook recently so I can stock your 6-9 month wardrobe.  I've found you some really cute clothes at outstanding prices.  Now that your wardrobe is complete, I am working on 12 months stuff for next spring and summer. 

We learned that you were suffering from acid reflux after a trip to Scottish Rite.  You started medicine immediately and within 24 hours you were doing great! You've had a few rough nights since starting the medicine, but nothing like it had been.

Everyone who comes in contact with you can't believe your strength and the way you can hold your head up and put weight on your feet. They all agree you are very "advanced." Because of this, I had Daddy pull out your exer-saucer and have been letting you use it.  Amazingly enough, you knew what to do with it from day one.  I get such a kick out of watching you reach out for the toys on it.  You really seem to enjoy it. 

You do everything you can to fight going to sleep.  Recently you've stopped wanting to sleep at all between 5pm and 10:30pm.  After a long day of you not napping much already, I am exhausted by evening time.  I hope this doesn't become a permanent pattern for you.  You are wearing out your mommy! : - )

Sleeping overnight has been great! You typically sleep anywhere from 3-5 hours before waking up to eat.  I give you a 4-5 ounce bottle and you go back to sleep for another 3-5 hours.  Due to your reflux issues, we started using a humidifier in your room at night.  It keeps it warm in there which I think helps you sleep for longer periods of time.  As long as you sleep I am happy!

Speaking of happy...

We have been trying to get your cousin Gracelyn (currently 23 months old) to say your name.  She refers to you as "Baby," but hasn't said your name yet.  While Aunt Kelly and I were both asking her to say, "Harper," she responded with, "Happy!" We laughed so hard.  Before we left their house she said "Happy" again! It was the cutest thing. 

Last week I went to get you out of your crib around 8am.  When I reached to pick you up you gave me the biggest smile.  I thought I was going to lose it with the waterworks.  It was the best start to any day I've ever had! Since then, you have been smiling pretty regularly.  You can make perfect eye contact too. 

Your eyes are still blue.  Just about everyone comments on just how blue they are.  Even your cousin Jayden (almost 6) said you had "very blue" eyes when he rode with us to get lunch at Zaxby's a few weeks back.  I keep wondering if this is your true eye color or if they will be changing soon. 

You have been scooting for several weeks now.  I can hardly believe it when I go to get you out of your crib and you have gone from one end of it to the other.  I stood at your doorway recently and watched you in action.  It's fascinating! Since you can pull yourself up and have great head control, I'm almost certain you will be crawling in no time.  I keep telling you that you need to be a baby for a little longer.  It just seems to be going by so fast.  You change daily and if I blink I'm afraid I will miss something.

While I am utterly exhausted running on about 4 hours of sleep a night and living off of granola bars and reduced-fat Cheese-Its, I wouldn't trade motherhood for the world.  You are such an amazing gift from God!!! I try each day to be the best mommy I can be for you.  It's indeed a learning process, but one that has so many incredible rewards. 

I love this picture so much.  It's a testament to just how much head control you really have.  You were playing with the toys on the exer-saucer when you heard the washing machine make a loud sound when it was shutting off.  You turned your head to check it out.  I just stood there in amazement!