You are 5 months old today. It’s past my bedtime and I am wiped out, but I want to write this letter before another day, week or month passes by.
You are fast asleep in your bedroom, where you’ve been spending each night all by yourself for almost one week now. I’ll admit that I still snuggle with you early in the morning, but for the most part you are sleeping in your crib like a big boy. And! You’re sleeping most of the night through! (Thank you so much for that. Your papa and I love a good slumber party, but the late nights we’d been spending with you were starting to take their toll on us.)
You are continuing to explore our crazy beautiful world, and it is such a pleasure to witness. You still love being outside, whether it’s sitting on the porch or going for neighborhood walks. You enjoy using your hands to play with your growing collection of toys, grab your feet and hold onto your bottle while you drink. You especially like putting things in your mouth. Anything. Everything. I know you’re teething and that it can really hurt, so I don’t blame you one bit.
One thing that has become very clear to those you know you is you are a mama’s boy. Of course, I would be lying if I said it didn’t bring me some joy. I like that you beam when I walk into the room and that your eyes follow me as I walk out of it. It’s a comfort knowing that I can almost always get you to smile with a smooch or a song.
In those first few days of your life, when I couldn’t lift you out of the bassinet or bend over to change your diaper because of the surgery, I worried that we were missing our chance to bond and you wouldn’t know who I was. Now I see how silly I was being. You know me and, in your way, you love me.
I love you too, little man. More than you’ll ever know.
We are so lucky to have each other, our family and our home. On the other side of the world, people are not so lucky. A devastating earthquake recently hit Haiti, killing thousands of people and hurting hundreds of thousands more. It is truly heartbreaking.
Beyond giving what we can to the cause, the best thing we can do at a time like this is love each other and be our best selves. Your papa and I are trying to do just that. It’s not easy, but we’re trying.
The extra sleep we’ve been getting helps.
The smiles you give us do, too.
So, please, keep it coming.