Lindsay Sledge

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

Category: Letters to Everett (Page 2 of 2)

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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