Adam: 3 Months

May 17, 2016

Adam is three months old today! Here are some highlights from the last month…

Loves: ceiling fans(!), being outside, going on walks in his carrier / wrap, bath time, eating, Cousin Day at YaYa’s (Fridays)

Does not love: the hours between 5-8pm, his swing, pacifiers

Favorite food: Mommy milk!

Favorite song: dancing with Mom to Sleeping at Last songs before bedtime

Accomplishments: getting on the real growth charts comparing him to full-term babies, surviving his first round of vaccines, filling out his 3 month clothes and size 1 diapers, attending his first church services at Chapelwood UMC and Community of Faith, AND, last night he slept almost 7 hours straight! (He’s given us a few 6 hour stretches this month too!)

Enjoy these 3-month photos from this morning!

And a few images of what I usually look like in the mornings.:)

Dear Adam,

I just took a break from writing this to change your diaper and you peed on the wall.:)Oh the joys of boys!

You haven’t been the easiest baby, but you sure are the cutest; and this month you have started becoming more content. I think you’re getting used to your body and your home and the world outside the womb. I hope your strong opinions turn into great leadership skills as you grow up.

I am so proud of you and how you’ve grown! You started smiling at us this past month which thrills my soul. You also laugh in your sleep. Oh my heart! <3

I want to write out how we do your bedtime routine – mostly for me to remember. People keep telling me that this season will fly by, and I don’t want to forget the sweet little things.

At about 6 or 6:30pm, I wrap you in my Solly Baby carrier and we go on a walk with Ollie. Sometimes we stop at our pocket park and swing. You love this.

Then, we come home and your dad and I take turns eating dinner.

From about 7:10 – 7:30, I turn on Sleeping at Last and you and I dance around the kitchen. Even with as heavy as you’re getting, I love this part of the evening, and I love that it consoles you.

At 7:30, we give you a bath in the sink in your bathroom. We’ve learned all sorts of tricks to help you like bath time! We turn on the shower to get the bathroom nice and steamy, and we keep a warm, wet wash cloth on your tummy to keep you warm. Now, getting you out and drying you off is a different story. We need to learn some tricks for this part!

We take you in your room, put a diaper on you, give you baby massage with your lotion, and put on your pajamas. Then you and I sit in your rocker, I start feeding you, and your dad reads you a book or two. Then I sing 3 songs, your dad prays, then I pray, your dad turns on your sound machine and your oil diffuser, and I rock you to sleep.

I thank God all the time that I get to know you and be your mom! You are going to be a very special man – we know it. We can’t wait to see what you are interested in and who you become and what you pursue. We believe in you and will root for you for your whole life!

I love you, my beautiful boy!

Ma - May 17, 2016 - 6:32 pm

Well, after reading your mommy’ s words and tearing up during most of them, I’m overwhelmed at the love you inspire in all who know you. I’m praying every day for you and love you more than you’ll ever know. I am your “Ma”.

Ellen - May 17, 2016 - 9:13 pm

That was awesome Ellen!

I hope I remember, continued

Dear Adam,

I hope I remember the warm pillow-y goodness of your cheek against mine.

Also, I fed you last night at 10:30, and you slept until 5! THANK YOU!

– Your refreshed Mama

2 Months Old

Dear Adam,

Your second month was a blast.

Mommy and Daddy went on our first date – the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with our friends, Emily and Freddie, and your Yaya babysat you for the first time.

Your rocking chair was finished being reupholstered and was delivered and now we love rocking in it every night!

We celebrated Easter at Ma and Pa’s! It was your first family lunch and your first time meeting some of your extended family members. You slept through the crazy Easter egg hunt, but next year I have a feeling it will be a different story!

You started having “Cousin Day” at Yaya’s house on Fridays where we get to play with J. Crockett (2.5 years old) and Addie (3 months) for a few hours! We love hearing J. say your name!

You love: eating!, being held upright and pushing back a bit so you can see everything, your Boppy lounger, being held and walking and bouncing around the house

You do not love: getting in your car seat, having gas, being dried off after bath time

Favorite food: Mommy milk!

Favorite song: Amazing Grace

Accomplishments: you have grown out of quite a few newborn clothes and into 0-3 months, bath time is much calmer now, and just before you turned 2 months old, you started sleeping in your crib in your room! (In 2-3 hour stretches) What a big boy!

I hope I remember…

April 12, 2016

Dear Adam,

After feeding you this afternoon, you fell asleep on my chest. Instead of putting you down so I could switch the laundry / wash dishes / get a snack / write thank you notes, I just held you. And cried. (Also, Sleeping at Last was playing which is such beautiful, moving music!)

I cried because I love you so much.

I cried because I so desperately hope I remember these exact moments and how little you feel all curled up on my chest. I just softly rubbed your back up and down trying to lock in my memory its length.

I hope I remember the way you “scratch” my side so sweetly while breastfeeding as if to say thank you.

I hope I remember your new little dimples on your knuckles.

I hope I remember the way you look milk-drunk when you “sit” up to burp.

I hope I remember the way your head smells (sweet heaven)!

I hope I remember all of your funny faces and funny noises and grunts!

I hope I remember the sweetness of when you look straight into my eyes.

I hope I remember your sideways smile when you’re falling asleep.

I hope I remember how your forehead wrinkles stretch across your face.

Even in my tiredness, I hope I create memories of all these things. I don’t want to miss them.

Tomorrow you are eight weeks old. You’ve made some big changes and big growth recently and I’m more in love with you every day!

Also, tonight is your first night in your crib. So many emotions!!

You are my whole heart.

Lezlie - April 12, 2016 - 11:10 pm

This is beautiful and you made me cry!
I love you. You are such a good mommy and Adam adores you!

Ruth conner - April 13, 2016 - 7:12 am

Beautiful memories! Thank you for sharing your heart. You are blessed.

Adam’s First Month

Dear Adam,

You are actually seven weeks old today, but I wanted to share your beautiful newborn portraits by our sweet and talented friend, Christie Lacy, and share a few fun details from your first month of life! (I’ll be sharing about your second month soon!)

From the time you surprised us with your early arrival, you have come such a long way! Remember that you did’t even know how to eat? In the NICU, you had a feeding tube, then learned how to suck a pacifier, then how to drink from a bottle, then how to breastfeed using a nipple shield, and finally (especially when we came home!) learned how to breastfeed! That was the hardest eating skill they said you’d learn, and you learned in just two weeks!

Month One was full of FIRSTS, and it is so much fun getting to know you! You:

Love: eating (allllll day!), being held chest to chest, going on walks (yay!), and car rides.

Do NOT love: sleeping at night, bath time (although we may be turning a corner?), your arms to be swaddled, or the part of the diaper change where we put a clean diaper on you. Funny boy.

Favorite food: Mommy milk.

Favorite song: This Little Light of Mine.

Accomplishments: being born, learning to eat, coming home from NICU, and – no lie – before you even turned three weeks old, you rolled over three times during tummy time from your stomach to your back. WHAT?! The first time was after your first bath. Your dad and I looked at each other like, “Did that just happen??”

Your whole first month, I was still supposed to be pregnant with you! But you had your own schedule, and we are so happy to have had this extra month with you!

Mrs. Christie came over and took these photos the day before you turned three weeks old. (Your Nana and Uncle Jesse were in town from Georgia to meet you!) You’ve already changed so much from these photos, so we will cherish these images forever. I will mostly love remembering your wrinkly / baggy skin and even Ollie’s awful summer shave haircut!

You are my gift.
You are my heart.
– Forever your Mom

These wrinkly armpits are my favorite! 

Lezlie - April 7, 2016 - 3:43 am

I love the blogs! You will love reading these back as Adam grows up!
Love sweet Adam!!!!!!!
Love you!

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