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Spring fever.

Dear baby girl,

It’s amazing what a little bit of sunshine can do for your mood. It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, and I sit here watching you take a nap in your swing, sipping on a hazelnut coffee, enjoying the peaceful quiet of the morning. You make little coos and sighs as you sleep, and it is pretty much the most adorable thing ever.

It has been a busy and tiring couple weeks, and today I am thankful for the rest. You had a good night of sleep last night, allowing for Momma and Daddy to feel more rested today as well. Work has been crazy for me, so I am very happy it is the weekend so I can relax and enjoy the time with you and your daddy. We’re going out shopping later for some flowers and landscaping items for the yard, and a walk will likely be on the agenda for this perfect spring day.

I am so excited that spring is finally here (this was seriously the coldest winter ever) and I look forward to doing many of my favorite summer activities with you:

Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market. This starts next weekend, and I am excited to try more adventures in babywearing in the crowds. There is so much good food to purchase and try – I can smell the Dutch letters and pupusas already.

Learning how to babywear. You liked it!

Learning how to babywear. You liked it!

Iowa Cubs. It would be fun to take you to your first baseball game! We haven’t been to a game for a while, and I’m not sure how you’d last, but taking in an afternoon of nachos, friends and baseball sounds like a great day to me. If we went to an evening game you’d get to see fireworks!

Walks around the neighborhood and Gray’s Lake. We’ve done this already, but I’m looking forward to many more walks and getting out more this summer. We were cooped up for far too long this winter! There are so many great walking paths around our neighborhood, and Gray’s Lake is a fun place to go if you don’t mind the crowds. From taking walks to lunching on patios to being in our yard, I am excited just to get outside and spend time with you.

Jazz in July. We haven’t done this for a couple years, but it would be fun to grab a blanket, some snacks and you and just sit outside enjoying the live music and each other’s company.

Iowa State Fair. By the time we go to the fair in late August, you may have more of an understanding and ability to enjoy some of the animals. Really, one of the main reasons I go is to try something new on a stick and other adventures in fried food, but it will be even more fun when you’re able to enjoy it with us.

Lots of family time. We have a wedding, expectant baby birth and family visits on the agenda this summer, and I look forward to seeing and spending time with everyone. I can’t wait to introduce you to your great grandma, great aunts and uncles, cousins and more!

It’s going to be a great spring and summer, and I’m so excited to spend it with you.

With love,

Momma

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Milestones.

Dear baby girl,

We had quite an eventful weekend celebrating your first Easter!

Your grandma and Uncle Brian came to visit, which included lots of food, shopping and being spoiled silly by Grandma. We miss them already and look forward to seeing them again in a couple weeks for Brian’s graduation.

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In your Easter dress at church

It’s always fun having family visit. We don’t have any family in town, so it’s always a special time when we get to see each other. You get so excited, you don’t even sleep! Two weekends in a row, two grandmas and a baby that doesn’t want to nap make for one tired momma.

Throw minimal napping, multiple night wakings and teething into the mix and you would think you would be a pretty unpleasant baby. Surprisingly, you are one happy little girl with very minimal fussing. You slept better last night after the weekend, and you took two long naps today to make up for it, too. Just like a college student. 🙂

I can also tell there is a lot going on in that little brain of yours. You’re trying to sit up, get on your hands and knees, and of course, you are rolling over like it’s your job. And, we officially transitioned you out of the swaddle last week, which could be adding to the mix. So many changes in your world! You’re growing up so fast – I can’t believe you’re already 5 months old!

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5 months old!

It has been fun to see you hit so many milestones and discover new things. Some big milestones to note:

Smiling. You first smiled when you were about 6 weeks old. I’ll never forget the first time you really smiled at me because you were genuinely happy to be with me. Heart. Melted. Now, you smile all the time and it still melts my heart.

Rolling over. You rolled over from belly to back for the first time right when you turned 3 months old. You decided to wait a couple more weeks before doing it again. Then, not long after turning 4 months you finally figured out rolling from back to belly. You were determined to figure it out!

Finding your voice. You also learned you could “talk” at 3 months old. Though it is mostly babbles, coos and grunts, it is pretty much the cutest thing ever. You also recently discovered how to screech at the top of your lungs. Not so cute.

Your toes. Just a couple weeks ago you realized you have feet, and now you can’t seem to let them go! You love to stick them straight in the air – whether you are in the carseat, on the changing table or even in the bath. It’s like you are trying to kick already, our little mini soccer player in the making.

Your hands. Like many of your milestones, you found your hands at 3 months old. You’ve really been going to town chewing on them for the past few weeks since you started teething!

Sleeping through the night. We’ve been pretty lucky that you’ve been a good sleeper from the beginning. For a long time I was waking to feed you to make sure you were gaining enough weight. You may have slept a longer stretch sooner, but the first time you went 10 hours was at 4 months old. The longest stretch you had previously gone was about 7 hours at 2 months old, which has been your average amount of sleep for the past couple months. You wake to eat and then go back to sleep for a couple more hours.

As I mentioned earlier, more recently you have been waking in the middle of the night multiple times, which has been a rough adjustment after being used to longer stretches of sleep! I think this has been because of so many changes in your world, from teething to growth spurts to hitting developmental milestones like rolling over. You’re becoming a big girl way too fast!

While I am sad to see how quickly you are growing, I am also incredibly proud of you and how much you have learned these past few months. It is fascinating to see your development grow and change each day. Seeing you discover yourself and the world just fills my heart with pride.

I cherish these moments and milestones in my heart, knowing just how quickly things will continue to change. As you journey from one milestone to the next, I will watch you, encourage you and be there for you along the way as your proud momma.

With love,

Momma