It's hard to believe you've already been with us for nearly two weeks. I feel like you've been with us forever—perhaps because every moment of our days are now filled with your smiles, silly faces and (of course) high-pitched wailing. You never fail to make me feel melty when you lock eyes with me, or when you pause to smile while you are enjoying a meal. You are truly the sweetest.
Your dad is head-over-heels for you, and seeing him embrace the role of "father" has been so wonderful. He has been such a huge help during these first days! He has already learned the art of the perfect swaddle, he is a diaper-changing machine, he wakes in the middle of the night to walk with you as we try to get you back to sleep, and he instantly lights up when he sees you in the morning. He has such a way of calming you when you're upset. He'll scoop you up and calmly talk to you in a way that makes you look at him so intently.
You are already a daddy's girl, and seeing you two together makes me swoon.
The first week spent at home was incredibly calm. You slept well, ate well and were an undeniable social butterfly to anyone who was around to pay you any attention. You slept in your crib for the first time, met two of your grandparents, had your first doctors appointment, posed sweetly for hundreds of photos, and made us so proud. You definitely surprised us during the past several days as you have finally found your voice and have kept us awake for hours on end at night! Still, you are as precious as ever and we are thankful for each moment we share with you. You are already changing before our eyes, and before we know it you will no longer be a newborn, but a little girl.
Please stay tiny as long as possible, okay?
It's amazing to me how natural being your mama came to me. I remember one night in the hospital when the nurse brought you back from the nursery because you were crying and couldn't be consoled. Immediately after she put you in my arms you were calm and quiet. You melted into my body and rested your tiny head on my chest. It was as if you just needed to be near me to be okay. As I held your tiny body in my arms at the hospital, I felt so overwhelmed and in love and...complete. That's the only way to put it, really. You have made our family complete. And I can't wait for all the incredible moments that are ahead of us as we continue to learn more about you every day.
Stay sweet, little one.
For more photos of the wee one, please visit this flickr stream! Posting on the blog will be rather sporadic for a while, considering my days revolve around breastfeeding, napping, trying to get Eisley to nap, giggling with Jay over tummy drums and exploding diapers, and other exciting shenanigans.