Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dear Eisley

Little Miss,

Sixty-one days old.  We have crammed so much into your short little life, that it seems like you have been with us forever.  However, I also feel like we should still be at the hospital some days.  I think about the day we met you every single day; I can't express how amazing it is to have two beautiful girls in our life.

You are well on your way to doubling your birth weight, weighing in at eleven pounds.  You are so long and skinny, from your arms to your legs to your fingers, and your toes.  We are finally seeing some chub around your little legs and chin, but that's about it.  I have already nearly forgotten how it was half an Eisley ago - how were you ever so teeny?

Also, I think you'd be about 16 pounds if you didn't spit up sixty times a day.  You have quadrupled my laundry duties since you have arrived!

You are sleeping through the night, save for one short snack (usually), and it is amazing.  You have been this way since we brought you home, but I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop - for you to believe nighttime was a time for partying.

You do insist on putting yourself to bed if we don't do it with you, which sort of makes me sad.  Kind of like a Fine, if you're not ready, I'll do it myself.  You usually want to snuggle, nurse, and be all wrapped up by about 10:30.  I love that part when I'm actually ready to go to bed, but being the night owls that we are, that usually doesn't fall within your bedtime.

You are early to bed, early to rise; my favorite time with you is in the morning.  We have special time together, just the two of us, and you are so content and so wide awake.

You are as snuggly as ever, refusing to be put down for any length of time unless you are on your belly. If I catch you at a good time, I can usually buy some time to get a few things done with the swing but this is always short-lived.  That swing has turned out to be one giant ugly piece of unused house decor with both you and Ruby.

In fact, you have fought sleep all day because I have been attempting to get things done and you aren't having it.  You are finally sleeping now, snuggled up against me in the boppy.  We have discovered that the wraps work wonders with you; I use those many days to be able to snuggle you and get things done at the same time.

If I had to choose one thing that consistently upset you, it would be only this.  You just crave being cuddled.

My favorite development this month is your beautiful smile.  You have dimples, but one is extremely pronounced and puts a smile on my face every time you flash a big gummy grin.  I'd say your Daddy gets the most of these grins.

We have also entered into the realm of cooing and talking.  I could listen to you all day as you chirp at me while I talk to you.

You love to be sung to - Ruby and I sing You Are My Sunshine to you on a daily basis and it is an instant soother.  You become still, soaking in the sounds of the song.  You know that song, and I love that it calms you.

You love looking for Ruby.  We'll see if you are this infatuated with her in about twelve years.  She loves to kiss and hug you.  She also thinks she should suck snot out of your nose, try to pick you up, and run her trains over your belly.  You put up with all of it and still have smiles to give to her.  You always reacted to her in my belly; you act just the same now.  I can't wait to see you two grow up together.

And despite whatever it is that everyone seems so desperate to grasp at - you and Ruby do not favor each other at this time.  Certainly, we catch glimpses of similarities, but that's the extent of it.  You both have stunning blue eyes; as far as I'm concerned, that's about as far as the similarities extend.

You do, however, look a lot like your Uncle Eric.  I am excited to see what you look like as you grow; I'm also excited to see more and more of your sweet personality revealed.

Eisley - you are so unbelievably precious to us.  I had a hard time imagining my life with a baby.  I had an even harder time imagining my life with a second child.  Here we are, deep in the throes of life with two children and I couldn't be happier.  I feel so fulfilled with you as part of our family.  We thank God for you every single day.

I love you more than you can ever possibly know.


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