Thursday, August 4, 2011

To My Darling Burke: The First Two Months

Dear Burke,

Your short little life has been packed full of exciting new things for both you and for Mama and Daddy. In your first month, you did a whole lot of growing. You grew nearly 3 inches and gained about 1.5 pounds!

About two weeks into your life I noticed that you started making tears. They still haven't rolled down your sweet cheeks, but when you cry (mostly in your car seat, which you are NOT fond of) your little eyes are very moist. It breaks my heart to hear you cry and I always feel guilty when you are in your car seat too long. You are just such an active boy, and have been from the start. You hate being confined--and I can't say as though I blame you.

You were about 3 weeks old when your belly button fell off. Daddy told me in the morning that it had fallen off sometime during the night, but he did not know where it was or when it had fallen off. (He does your diaper changes at night and then brings you to Mama to eat...such a good Daddy!). Well, I later found it in the lint trap of the dryer when I was doing your laundry (which for such a small person, you sure have a lot of), looking even more shriveled than before. Imagine a moldy raisin. No. I did not keep it.

Daddy said you gave him your first smile when you were three weeks old. But when I came to see this smile, you just cried. But we both witnessed you give away a big smile to a strange lady in the airport the very next day. From that day onward, you were one jolly boy, giving away many smiles to Mama, Daddy and anyone (or anything) else who caught your fancy!

It has been so fun to watch you grow, and observe, and laugh and talk. Each week you become more and more interactive, and you really are so happy in your waking hours!

You took your first airplane ride just two days before you turned 4 weeks old. And you did fabulous! We flew from Baltimore to Salt Lake City, UT so that Daddy could be the best man in his friend, Josh's, wedding.

You stole the show in your tuxedo onesie! The most handsome boy at the party. You also dazzled the flight attendants on our flight home. They were so nice to us and even had the whole flight crew sign a certificate memorializing your first flight! Just one month old and such a great little traveler.

You were just five weeks old when we drove nearly nine hours (overnight) to Myrtle Beach. While you are not fond of your car seat, you did great on this trip since we drove overnight. You were getting so much better at sleeping at night--sometimes 4-5 hours at a time! What a wonderful gift for Mommy and Daddy. We spent a week at the beach with Grammy and Pappy, Uncle Jonah, Aunt Moriah and Uncle Matthew.

Somewhere between six and seven weeks, you discovered your hands. And those chubby fists were at your mouth all the time after that. You began noticing your toys and even started batting at them during playtime. Playtime is never quiet with you, as you love to talk and coo and imitate the sounds we make. Such a bright and happy boy!

You are such a strong boy, too. We watched you push yourself up when on your tummy so that your eyes could look straight out. Such a strong neck! Daddy is very happy now that you can control your head and neck so well...he does not have to worry so much. You think you're bigger than you are, trying to sit up when reclining on the Boppy!

By eight weeks, Love, you were really tracking people and things and your dog boy, of course. You love to sit in your bouncy seat and play and talk to Mommy while I'm working in the kitchen and you follow me from the table to the counter and back again. So smart! And your Rutherford cannot leave your side. He loves you so much. You have really started noticing him these days and you watch him as he sniffs out crumbs under the table.

While you found your hands at 6-7 weeks, you really started studying them intensely around 8 weeks. They must be very interesting! And you found that cute little tongue too, because now you love to stick it out just for fun. You haven't slept through the night quite yet, Love, but it's mostly because you go to bed a little earlier than we do. You did sleep for seven hours the other night, which was so wonderful for Mommy and Daddy! With all that sleeping, you are growing so much! You grew another 1.5 inches (so now you're 23 inches long) and about 4 pounds. You weighed 11 pounds 11 ounces at your two month check-up! I love those little rolls of chub that are forming around your legs, arms and wrists. And those chins and cheeks are just irresistable, Burke. You are one handsome and abundantly loved little boy! Mama could not love you any more!

These past two months have been the best of our lives, Burke. Daddy and I are so blessed and love you so very very much. We thank Jesus for you every day and pray that you grow up to love Him and to fulfill the destiny He has for you. We pray that above all you love deeply, for that is the most important thing in this life. And I pray that we are able to show you just how deeply we love you, for it is simply a love that words cannot describe. Happy two months, sweet boy!

Mama and Daddy

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