One Fish, Two Fish

Anna, Month Two April 17, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Letters,Month Two,Photo — leighnut @ 10:11 pm

Dear Anna,

You are a snuggly baby. Your favorite place to be is in our arms, resting on our thighs, or slung over a shoulder like a sack of potatoes. You don’t really care what the plan is, where we’re going or what we’re doing, as long as it involves human touch. Even just holding a finger calms you down. My favorite time is when you’re very sleepy and nuzzle your face into my neck. I could breathe in your baby smell forever.

Speaking of smell, Anna, we need to talk about your farts. I’m not going to mince words. You are the gassiest baby I’ve ever known and your farts smell like death. I don’t know if it’s something I’m eating that gives you such incredible gas, but if it is, I’d gladly give it up. At some point every day, someone in the house says, “Whoa. Anna!” as the stench wafts up to the closest nostrils. I don’t want to dwell on this, but I don’t think you’ll ever live it down. We’ll be talking about this for years, it’s that impressive. 🙂

Good thing you’re cute, huh? This month, everywhere we go, people say, “Look at that hair!” You have amazing hair! Right after a bath, your wet hair is tight little ringlets all over your head, but as soon as it dries — swoop! Up into the air it goes. It stands straight up and sweeps to the right. It’s so adorable.

This month you smile. You don’t smile for just anyone or anything, but dole them out when the time is right. You save your best grins for Daddy. Just the sight of him causes you to break out in huge smiles. He loves it. And Sam! Oh, do you love your big brother. You stare and stare at him and grin. He loves to see your smiles, too, when he can sit still long enough to notice. He gives you lots of love and is getting better at reading your signals that you’ve had enough cheek-to-cheek time. He says, “Oh Mommy, look at uuuusssss, look at us. We’re so cute!” I get some smiles, too, but not like the ones you give the boys in your life. That’s ok, I’m happy to share you.

You are sleeping for longer and longer stretches. We’ve had some eight-hour nights, but you usually sleep about five hours between feedings. You’re still a night owl, Anna. By one in the morning, you’re ready to go to sleep for the night. You absolutely will not take a pacifier (we’ve tried five different shapes!), so going to sleep involves lots of body contact and rocking, swaying, and bouncing.

We’re so in love with you, Anna. Your little personality is showing more and more every day and we love seeing you grow and develop into a lively, alert baby girl. I wish I could pause these baby days and swim slowly through each tiny moment with you — your little hand wrapped around my finger, your sleepy smiles as you nurse, the feel of your warm, sweet breath on my cheek. You are my best girl, my little rabbit, my Anna.

Love,
Mommy

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9 Responses to “Anna, Month Two”

  1. caitlin Says:

    Next weekend can’t come fast enough! I’m so excited to see you guys and get my hands on sweet Anna. Have a great week, see you at the BEACH!!

  2. Christine Says:

    I SPY A BLABLA!

    Anna…you are adorable, as usual. 🙂

  3. leighnut Says:

    You’re right, Christine! It’s a little BlaBla rattle. It’s so cute! Muriel got it for Anna for Easter. She loves it as much as a baby who can’t really play with toys can love something. 🙂

  4. G/G Peavler Says:

    Anna- you are so photogenic! Grandpa says “she has such crystal clear eyes”, and you do. And Kristin- thanks for the gift of writing, describing this brief time of babyhood so well.

  5. Jeanne Says:

    Oooooh…..I am vicariously LOVING this grandgirl……I can NOT WAIT to have a grandbaby girl. They are ALL wonderful, of course, but I cannot WAIT to see the differences, up close and personal! Anna is BEAUTIFUL….and those CHEEKS are a SIGHT to BEHOLD!

  6. leighnut Says:

    Thanks, Jeanne. She’s pretty wonderful! I hope you get your grandgirl sometime soon. Who’s on deck for the next baby? 🙂

  7. Mom Says:

    My little Anna,
    I can’t wait to snuggle with you and kiss those adorable cheeks. You’re SO beautiful. I love you!!!

  8. The Other Half of Kristin's Brain Says:

    I. Love. Her. I can’t wait to meet her some day. Oh, and that is an AMAZING quilt in that picture of Sam and Anna! 🙂

  9. leighnut Says:

    Megan, that quilt is gorgeous and we use it every single day. Thank you, thank you!!


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