Nicknames: Mah-ree-ree, Fuzzy Lumpkin, Sweetie Pie
Temperament: You are a very easy baby. As long as you are fed, changed, and burped, you are good to go.
Things I Could Do Without: You have a pretty severe nipple preference (you like the bottle better) and sometimes I can’t get you to latch at all.
Things You Could Do Without: The moment where you get out of the bath, your brother (literally) jumping on you, having both of your arms swaddled in the miracle blanket at night, tummy time.
Item/Toy We Love The Most: The glider. It’s so wonderful to snuggle up with you and rock back and forth as you coo and snore.
Item/Toy You Love The Most: The Moby. It’s soft and warm and you get to do your favorite thing in the world, which is sleep on me.
Things I’m Loving Most Right Now: That I’ve been able to relax and enjoy the time you’ve spent nursing, all of your darling smiles, treating you like a little doll and getting you dressed.
Things You’re Loving Most Right Now: Mom’s chest (for eating sometimes, and sleeping always), dad’s face (you smile so big whenever he is around you).
I want to write, long, detailed letters to you relishing every moment. Because we do, we relish the time spent with you. You’re such a sweetheart. But being the second baby means there just isn’t time for that. I don’t know if you’ll have kids someday, but if you do, and you have more than one, you’ll understand.
The good news is, we made most of our mistakes with your brother. Hopefully we’ll consistently be running a tight ship over the coming years. This will benefit you in some ways, but make you mad in others (we learned our lesson the hard way when it comes to unlimited screen time and what it does to young kids).
I would definitely characterize you as the prototypical easy second baby. I’m still not sure if this is because your temperament/personality are different, or because our expectations and abilities were so far improved. You go down really easy and sleep a lot, and when you’re awake there are lots of smiles.
The thing that sticks out most in my mind is how much bigger you are than your brother was at the same age. We starved him trying to exclusively breastfeed, and I wonder if it took him a lot longer than I realized to make up for those lost ounces? You received formula less than 72 hours after birth, and the pictures above show how well you’ve been growing ever since. You’ve outgrown your newborn wardrobe faster than I thought possible. There is an upside to this though – I get to dress you in new outfits every day! It’s going to be really tough for me to keep myself from spending all of our money on your wardrobe. I’m working to improve at putting together cute outfits combining pieces for boys and pieces for girls so that you can wear some of your older brother’s things as well.
Speaking of your brother, he adores you. He says “I wanna hold her” and “He’s so cute!” (we’re working on using the correct pronouns right now) and “I love Maw-wee” all day long. He feeds you, helps me change you, and wants to wash you when you’re in the bath. I know there will be rough times, but I’m looking forward to watching your relationship develop over time.
I think the thing we, as your parents, say the most about you is “What do you think she’s going to be like? What will she look like? Will she get mom’s eyelashes and dad’s nose? Mom’s skin and dad’s metabolism?” It’s going to be such a treat to see how it all unfolds.