Lindsay Sledge

a blog about life with Micah, Denver, Everett, and Presley the dog

Category: Letters to Everett (Page 2 of 2)

4 Month Letter to Everett

Dear Everett,

Happy fourth months little man! We recently visited the doctor for your four month checkup, and you are such a skinny mini, in the 50th percentile for height and the 25th percentile for weight. You’ve already doubled your birth weight though, at 14 lbs 4 oz, which means you’re right on track with your growth curve! Also, you’re fantastic about getting checked out by the doctor but so pitiful after vaccines. You cry and scream and refuse to nurse, and it’s pitiful and very dramatic. Good grief! Here’s to hoping six month vaccines are a bit easier. I’ve already asked your dad to take off work to help me.

Giving me the love eye

Now we must discuss your social skills. Ev, you are a flirt! You smile BIG when you see new people, and especially when other people smile at you. During month three, you were a mama’s boy and didn’t really love interacting with other people. Something changed in month four, though, and you couldn’t be happier being passed around and smiled at. Seriously, it warms my heart hearing you coo at people to get their attention, and I love watching you laugh at whoever is holding you. Keep socializing, little buddy, but know that I’ve got an eye on you and your flirting!

It looks like you’re waving

Possibly the reason you are so comfortable around people now is that we took you on your first trip this month! You flew on four planes, from Nashville to Virginia Beach and back. You are a flexible travel companion, and I appreciate it. You met great grandparents, aunts, uncles, great aunts, great uncles, and cousins. You also experienced many firsts: the beach, a fourth of July pool party, and a hibachi dinner! It was so fun watching you take in all of the new experiences, and I have to reiterate how flexible you were the entire time. You are such a go with the flow baby!

First plane ride!

You are very excited about something!

Getting ready for the beach

Getting carried to the beach

At the beach

Relaxing with Great Grandpa

Flirting with Great Grammie

Snugging with Great Aunt Liz, cousin Rachel, and Great Grand Sarah

Laughing with Pappy

The last major change this month is the transition from bassinet to crib. Around the half month mark, right after we returned from Virginia Beach, your nighttime sleep started to derail as you fought the swaddle. So, Dad and I tried to move you to your crib still swaddled, and you wanted no part of it. So, we dropped the swaddle, let you cry it out, and you adjusted so easily to your crib at night! The crying was minimal, by the way, and I was shocked by the ease. I cannot say the same for naps. You went from taking 40 plus minute naps to 20 minute naps, and it took a full two weeks to adjust. We even skipped church to power through nap training with two parents at home since I was so stressed about it! You did adjust, though, and you seem much happier in your crib. You move a lot at night, occasionally wake up and talk yourself back to sleep, but you’re only waking once or twice to nurse, and you’re sleeping much longer in the mornings, which I love (6:40 as opposed to 5:20).

Blurry pic, but you’re peacefully sleeping in your crib

This is when you were having nap troubles. I gave in and let you nap on me.

Everett, you are so incredibly loved. I can’t wait to see what the next month brings. You’re close to rolling from back to belly, and I’m watching carefully for the day you figure it out! Thanks for being such a sweet, social, snuggle bug.

Love,

Mama

 

3 Month Letter to Everett

Dear Everett,

Happy three months little man. Let’s start with a mom confession: I totally call you Evie. When you’re older, this probably won’t be cool, and I’ll start calling you Everett again. Right now, though, you’re so little and Evie seems to suit you. So, Evie it is.

Tummy time champ

You still love your moose

You are laughing a lot this month, and I am loving it! So is your brother, Denver, who is the cause for much of your laughter. You think it’s funny when he bounces on the trampoline, and you watch everything he does all day long. I hardly have to entertain you half the time because you are mesmerized by watching him. Sometimes he makes loud excited sounds, and you mimic them, and it’s amazing to watch you two interact in this way. I’m so thankful that you’re becoming best buds.

Laughing

Brotherly love

While you laugh a lot, you did have a complete breakdown at church one Sunday morning. I think you were overtired, but honestly, it was a bit uncharacteristic for you. You were so panicked that I couldn’t calm you down and had to ask Dad to assist. He came back to the nursery area, rocked you in a chair, and you immediately calmed down and fell asleep. It was sweet and lovely and I’m so glad that you love your Dad so much.

Everett, you’ve discovered your tongue and you think it’s fun to stick it out all the time. You also love it when I stick my tongue out at you. We sit on the couch sticking our tongues out at each other, and it’s a fun way to spend the afternoons. Speaking of body parts, you’re finally filling out your belly. You’ve been such a skinny baby up to this point. Keep drinking that milk, little man. Your feet are also fun. You have these little zebra and tiger socks that you wear in your bouncy chair, and you kick and stare and try to grab ahold of these socks each day. So cute!

That tongue!

Those socks!

This month you experienced a first: swimming in the pool! The cool water initially alarmed you, but you adapted very quickly and actually enjoyed floating around with me. I’m planning to take you to the pool pretty often, so get pumped!

This is a pic from the pool. I couldn’t take one in the water because I didn’t want to get the phone wet!

Finally, we took some family photos this month to make sure we captured you as a baby! Everett, it was tricky to take the pics. You acted like a sweet little champion baby, but Denver continually tried to derail the process. It’s a wonder that we were able to get any good pics! But, we did, and you’re adorable, and I’m so thankful to have memories from this season.

Love love LOVE you little Evie! Happy three months!

Love,

Mama

 

2 Month Letter to Everett

Dear Everett,

Happy two months, little man! I am loving this age. You are so adorable, with your big smiles that start at the eyes, and your gentle laughter, which I can literally feel in your chest and back while holding you. You have a very sweet personality, and it melts my heart when you stare into my eyes for long periods of time.

Sweetest smile

You are outgrowing your evening fussiness, and I am soooo thankful! You definitely made full use of the witching hours, but you’ve recently calmed and evenings are more enjoyable. You especially settle down at bath time now that you bathe with Denver. It’s pretty adorable watching you two in the tub together. I love seeing your friendship grow.

It still takes some time to get you to sleep each night, but you are a tremendous sleeper, waking only 1-2 times a night to nurse, and going back to sleep fairly easily. You switched from a velcro swaddler to a blanket swaddle midway through the month, and you definitely prefer being able to move around more. The night sleep has been such a relief for your Dad and me, so please keep it up, little buddy!

Peaceful

You’ve already hit your first major milestone, and that’s because you are ROLLING! At five weeks you surprised me when you rolled from your tummy to back. Then you did it several more times in a row, and again the next day! What a champ. I keep a close eye on you now because I am always afraid you’re gonna roll off furniture.

This has nothing to do with rolling, but it’s cute.

Ev, I absolutely love your expressions. You have many. They are the most obvious when you are staring at your toy moose, Mortimer. I am glad to see that you have a goofy side. You are also very happy while playing on your play mat. You’re already swatting at toys, and it’s interesting to see that you have an independent side. You will play on your mat for 30 minutes at a time, and it’s very peaceful to watch.

Seriously, what is this expression? You and Den look like you’re up to something!

I told Dad you look like a boss and Denver looks like your muscle. So hilarious!

Your hair is getting longer now, and there is one spot that is extra long in the back. Dad calls it your Alfalfa patch, and it makes me laugh because it often sticks up a bit.

Alfalfa patch

As calm as you are, you detest the car seat. You seem to run warm, and you get hot in the car, which makes you cry louder, which makes you sweat more. Good grief. The car seat is your friend, Everett! I am hoping you’ll learn this soon.

You look somewhat less than amused

Everett, you really are an incredibly sweet little boy, and it’s lovely how easily you’re comforted when Dad and I pick you up. We love you so much and are so thankful that you’re a part of our family. Happy two months! You actually get two pics because I can’t decide which is the best.

This pic shows your scrappy side.

This pic shows your calm side. LOVE your calm side.

Love,

Mama

1 Month Letter to Everett

Dear Everett,

You are here! I’m so delighted, little man, because you took your time arriving. I could not believe it when I reached 40 weeks and you decided to stay put, so when you officially arrived at 40 weeks and 6 days, it was such a relief! I was worried about your size, and for no good reason. You weighed only 7 lbs, 1 oz. at birth. Clearly you needed that extra week to put on some weight. You were long, though, born at 20.5 inches. Your weight is picking up now, and I’ll be curious to see the weight to height ratio at your next appointment.

Let me just say, you’re adorable. You have long fingers and toes, a prominent nose that looks just like your daddy, and my cleft chin! I still remember the moment the doctor placed you on my chest immediately after birth, and I pray I’ll remember that feeling for the rest of my life. It was a holy moment.

Not the first moment, but very soon after

This first month had it’s ups and downs. Week 1 you were a perfect angel baby, napping all day, sleeping all night, and barely crying. It was calm and comforting to us all. Week 2 was rough. You woke up a bit, became much more vocal, and decided you didn’t want to nap during the day. I really think it had a lot to do with tummy troubles that have since settled down. Life has calmed considerably these last two weeks. We’re still working on naps, but I’m getting better at reading your sleep cues, and you seem to be more comfortable with the nap routine. You’re happy for an hour of awake time, and then I calm you (or try to) and swaddle you up. The evenings are rough from 6-9ish, but there have been a few calmer nights recently, and I am hoping that you’re settling into a nightly routine. At the very least, you are amazing at nursing quickly and going back to sleep at night on your own. That is a wonderful gift to Dad and me, and we are so thankful.

Nap time success thanks to a perfect swaddle

Getting ready for bed with Dad and Denver

Let’s talk about your brother. He loves you, and he’s perplexed by you. When you wake from naps, he comes running to help pick you up. When you were crying one day, he grabbed a nearby pacifier, bolted from a room so fast that he ran into a door, and continued into your bedroom where he gave you the paci. He reads to you, holds you, and asks for you whenever we are at mealtime and you’re not in your seat. So that’s the positive. He has tried to launch off of you a few times, there have been some close calls with his feet kicking near you, and he tried to pick you up all by himself once and you both fell to the floor. I am thankful that babies are durable.

Meeting your brother for the first time

Denver loves to read to you

Speaking of durable, you visited the ER this month. I was babywearing you in the backyard on a very muddy day. Denver was covered in mud, and I bent down to take off his shoes. In the process, you fell out of the baby carrier, head first, and landed on the deck. I am SOOOOOOO sorry, Everett! You are fine, but let me say, it was the absolute worst day of my life. Love you, little man. (If it helps, please know that you projectile pooped in my hair one day.)

Poor little head

I am still getting to know your personality, but I get the impression that you’re generally calm and snuggly. You absolutely love being carried, hate taking baths, and make the cutest facial expressions. Dad and I are both smitten.

My sweet snug bug

First bath at home

So many expressions

Happy 1 month Everett! Welcome to Team Sledge!

Love,

Mama

P.S. Here is one of our first pics as a family of four!

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