Lindsay Sledge

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

Category: Letters to Savannah

4 Month Letter to Savannah

Dear Savannah,

You are a third of the way through your first year, and I can’t even believe it! The first year with a baby is seriously the fastest and slowest year ever. I wish I could freeze time when you are sweet and snuggling, and I also wish we could speed up to when you sleep through the night! I’m tired.

Tiredness aside, your sleep is back on track, for which I am grateful. The four month sleep regression was brutal, and you started waking up three times a night! Right around 16 weeks, though, the regression ended as suddenly as it started. You’ve moved to three naps, lengthened your nights, and sometimes only wake up once to nurse! What a relief! This was a very tiring month for me, and I’m grateful for longer stretches of sleep for us both. Taking care of three kids under the age of five is exhausting.

This month Nanny came to visit, and you absolutely loved having her company. Since we’ve been in quarantine, you haven’t met many people and have serious separation anxiety. You easily warmed up to Nanny, though, and she fell in love with you! She danced you around the kitchen, sat you up on her legs for staring competitions, and enjoyed your big smiles. I love introducing you to others because you brighten up every room that you enter with your sunshiny personality.

As I mentioned last month, we had a huge ice and snow storm that began on Valentine’s Day. For several days, ice poured from the sky. There was a two day break, and then we had several more days of snow! It was so cold, I kept you inside to keep you warm, but the storm is worth mentioning because it’s very unusual to get a week’s worth of snow and ice in Nashville.

After the snow cleared, it warmed up immediately, and we’ve been enjoying outdoor time. Dad set up your baby swing in the backyard, and you’ve tried it out a few times. You’re still a bit small for the swing, but we wrap blankets around you, and you mostly try to fall asleep whenever we push you.

You went through another big growth spurt this month, and you had a major developmental leap. Now you can roll from your back to your side, and you occasionally make it all the way to your tummy. You also love to talk. Savannah, you make all kinds of sounds and legitimately have conversations with people. You are really loud and animated, especially with Dad before bedtime. You laugh a ton, particularly when the boys play peekaboo, and you think the word “pickles” is hilarious.

Last but not least, we took you to the zoo for the first time, to celebrate Aunt Los and her birthday! We tried to push you in the stroller, but you preferred to be worn in the wrap, and you slept soundly as we walked for an hour and a half. It was sweet and adorable, and I loved every minute of it.

Savannah my love, happy four months! Keep smiling, laughing, and growing. It is such a joy to spend our days together. I’m thankful that God answered my prayers for a sweet baby girl.

Love,

Mom

3 Month Letter to Savannah

Dear Savannah,

Happy three months Savannah girl! You are sweet and special, and I am so very grateful for you. It is such fun to have another girl around the house, and I enjoy getting to know you more each day. You have a sweet and gentle personality, and you bring a calm to our chaotic house.

This month, you decided to tackle tummy time! For the last three months, you would pretty much lay on your tummy and try to fall asleep. One day, you picked your head up, propped yourself up on your arms, and rolled over! It was amazing. Tummy time is now a regular activity, and I love seeing you get stronger each day!

Now that you have more muscle, you love sitting up. A neighbor let us borrow a baby seat, and you enjoying reclining and playing with toys. Your favorite toys are the Paw Patrol and Mickey Mouse figurines, which you swat off your seat, one by one. The boys like lining them up for you.

You also love playing with Mr. Potato head! It’s interesting how much you gravitate towards toys with faces. The boys preferred toys that move, and you are much more interested in looking at toys with eyes. I think it’s part of the reason you are a very content baby, because there are so many people in our house for you to stare at and give the Savannah love eye.

This month you started putting on the pounds, and I love every little baby roll. I think you’re getting ready for a big growth spurt next month, because you now nurse on both sides, and your cheeks are getting even cheekier! I love snuggling you close and kissing your sweet face dozens of times a day.

Speaking of kisses, you love kisses. When I say “kiss,” you open your mouth and give big, wet, smoochies. It’s pretty adorable.

We celebrated Valentine’s Day early this year, because we are expecting a big ice and storm tomorrow! Aunt Los came over for the holiday, and we had special treats and dressed you up in a cute little heart onesie. You, my love, are the sweetest little valentine.

Savannah girl, thanks for being such a calm and easy-going baby. You are truly a delight to be around, and everyone in our family loves you so. Happy three months!

Love,

Mom

2 Month Letter to Savannah

Dear Savannah,

Happy two months sweet girl! You are still a calm baby, and I am so thankful! This month has been full of change, so let’s get started.

You had a major growth spurt at six weeks. You woke up one day, and Dad and I were shocked to see that you didn’t fit into any newborn or zero to three month clothes anymore. We put those clothes up and you now wear three to six month clothes. Good grief! Keep growing, sweet girl!

Speaking of growing, your hair is getting so long! It is so funny because it sticks straight up. Nothing I do will make your hair lie flat, and I honestly love it. You have the most precious brown hair, and you still wear bows in your hair, and it’s adorable.

You smile now, most often right after naps, when you’re sitting on my legs, and for Dad. He has even gotten some laughs out of you while making animal noises! I have yet to get a picture of you smiling, because you refuse to smile for the camera, but I do have a video of it.

You’ve found your hands, which is such gift to us both, because you’ll lay on your play mat and swat at toys. This has provided great relief to my back, which was struggling with holding you all day, everyday. I still hold you often, but the newfound independence is appreciated.

Naps were a major source of struggle this month. You only wanted to sleep in someone’s arms during the day, and that is simply not possible with two older brothers who need attention. Around six weeks, Dad and I started gentle sleep training with you, using the pick up, put down method, and let me say, it has been a life saver. You fall asleep for naps so much easier, and you nap for good stretches now! Nights, on the other hand, are an entirely different matter. During nap training, we discovered that you sleep better without the swaddle, so we dropped it during the day. At nights, you slept fine until around four o’clock in the morning, and then you repeatedly fought and broke free if the swaddle. So, at eight weeks, we moved you, unswaddled, into your crib at night. You’ve honestly handled the transition beautifully.

This month we celebrated your first Christmas, with Pappy and Aunt Los! It was so nice to have company, especially since we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. You love Pappy, and he held you for hours each day since you would nap in his arms. I know you won’t remember, but you received many new books for Christmas, with strong female characters, and I am excited to read them with you as you grow up! We currently read My Very First Tea Party before nap time, and I am excited to have real tea parties with you in a few years.

Not only did it snow on Christmas, but it also snowed at the end of the month, and I took you outside to see the snow for the first time. It was so cold on your little face, so we didn’t stay out long, but it was long enough to feel magical. Everything is extra special with a baby.

Happy two months, darling Savannah! You are so loved by so many, and I am thankful for you every day.

Love,

Mom

1 Month Letter to Savannah

Dear Savannah,

Sweet girl, you are here! Savannah Hope Sledge, we are all so thankful to be holding you in our arms. After praying for you long before I knew I was pregnant, and every day of a really hard pregnancy, I am so grateful that you are indeed here, a sweet and snuggly baby girl.

Savannah, you arrived on Friday, November 13, at 9:03pm, 20 inches long and 7lbs, 12 oz. I will tell your birth story one day, but I will skip to the finale here: I had no idea that you were crowning and about to come out until a nurse told me to stop pushing! I was laughing and saying how happy I was to meet you, and out you came, after pushing through only one contraction! I tell people that I laughed you out, because that’s pretty much what happened.

You are absolutely beautiful, with a head full of brown hair and bright blue eyes. Your dad and I are wondering if the hair and eyes will stay those colors or change. What a surprise! You were a bit fussy at the hospital, with some tummy troubles, but you’ve been exceptionally calm at home, for which I am relieved.

Your Dad and I love you so much, as do your big brothers! They fight over who gets to hold you and give you kisses, and they laugh when you poop. You mainly turn your head to one side, so it’s always a battle between which brother sits in your line of sight. It is nice to have helpers loving on you alongside me, even if I have to watch everyone carefully to make sure that you are safe.

This first month has passed quickly, with three kids in the house, three sleep schedules, and nights that blend into days. We’re also in the middle of a global pandemic, so we haven’t had many visitors apart from Aunt Los, Pa and Ru. Thankfully, you’re really good about sleeping from 7pm-4am,, waking to nurse once or twice. Dad and I go to bed at 8:30pm each night to make sure we get sleep since 4-6am is a work in progress.

You are by far my easiest baby. You don’t cry often, are comforted quickly, and love your pacifier, which we’ve named “Wubbie.” When you do get fussy, you will suck on Wubbie and mellow quickly. In the evenings, all it takes is a bath, some jammies, Wubbie, and a ceiling fan, and you become the calmest baby, ready for bed. I nurse you, and sometimes you go to sleep on your own, but often Dad walks you around to settle you. He’s so happy to have a little girl to love, and he’s gone into protector mode from day one.

Savannah, you are such a joy and delight, and we’re so glad you’ve made us a family of five. I enjoyed celebrating your first Thanksgiving, even if you slept through most of it, and I am excited to celebrate your first Christmas in a few weeks. You have the cutest turkey and reindeer outfits, and I love dressing you up in bows.

Stay sweet, snuggly, and calm, baby girl. You are so loved.

With love,

Mom

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