Oh how time has flown by. I’m beginning to understand what they mean when they say “the days are long but the years are short.”
I expected that I would update more often, keep track of milestones and the like, but now that you’re here sometimes I forget about this blog entirely. I guess it’s good that I’m more busy interacting with you in the present than with writing letters to the idea of your future self.
You still seem to have above average physical capabilities. You’re already rocking back and forth on your elbows and knees and scooting backwards, a behavior that typically doesn’t occur until 6 months or later. You started doing this at around 4 months and 3 weeks. Every so often, including just now actually, you seem to almost crawl forward a bit. Won’t be long now! We will certainly have our hands full, keeping you out of trouble!
Shortly after your 2-month doctor’s visit, I started exclusively breastfeeding. This might sound ironic to some but it’s actually out of laziness. Mama J and I just really hate washing dishes that much! Bottles are particularly cumbersome to hand-wash and we do not have a dishwasher. It seems my milk supply is adequate now and you seem to be enjoying the extra cuddles. I generally feed you in the side-lay position, so it gives me an opportunity to rest and take a break too.
You’ve been smiling and laughing for quite some time now. I remember the first time you really undeniably laughed with us was actually on New Year’s Eve. It was such a beautiful and precious moment that I will never forget!
Right now you’re on the floor, on your tummy, wiggling around and looking up at me, laughing and smiling as I speak to you, while my phone changes the words from audio into text. By the time you’re old enough to read this letter you won’t remember that you have heard these words before. I likely won’t even remember saying them in this exact arrangement.
You’re still fussy as ever, but you are also an incredibly happy baby. Your emotions can change drastically at a moment’s notice! Sometimes you even alternate between laughing and crying simultaneously! Things like that are why one of your many nicknames is “crazy girl”. Another one of your nicknames is “banshee”, because you seem to enjoy screaming as loud as humanly possible. You don’t only do this when you’re upset, you also like to do it when you’re happy, and during the moments in between when you can’t make up your mind. You can often find Mama J and I sporting earplugs.
You’ve also taken up the hobby of babbling. You don’t copy our noises yet, but you do seem to babble in direct response to our talking to you. Your whole life you seem to have been capable of making the sounds “leh” and “lay” and it makes me wonder if I should teach you the word “leche” for milk first! Perhaps you can say “leh lay” until you have teeth! (Mama J thinks this is funny though because leche is used as a curse word on Guam!)
Well I could go on and on but I should probably stop myself here, I think I’ve written enough for today.
I haven’t forgotten that I still need to write out your birth story again. Ironically I’ve told it so many times now that I’m kind of tired of doing so which is why I haven’t gotten around to it yet. At this rate I might be telling you in person before I get around to writing it down on this blog!
-With love, your mom, Ari