Dear Jackson // Two Months

Dear Jackson,

I can't believe you are two months old! I know each month I write to you that I will say "I can't believe you are this many months" but it is so true. You are growing so quick and changing each and every day.

I am writing this sitting right beside you as you nap in your lamb [swing]. Your hands are all curled up and your toes are sticking out of your blanket because you kicked part of it off already. You look so peaceful not knowing the hardships of the world. All you know right now is that you are so loved. Jackson, you have so many people who are so in love with you. Both sets of grandparents can't get enough of you and all my girlfriends spoil you silly. Along with my prayers for you, I know there are so many people praying for you each and every day. It is so comforting to me knowing there is a community of people helping Mark and I raise you. I feel so blessed and I hope one day you will realize what a blessing this is too.

As the weeks pass on parenting feels more and more natural and we are slowly starting to create patterns. On average you sleep one long chunk - about 4-6 hours. Two nights in your life you've gone 7 hours between feeds and I so hope that becomes more permanent. After your longer chunk of sleep you usually fall back asleep for another hour or so. Then you cry not because you have a dirty diaper or want food but you just want to be held. These early morning moments I either dread or adore. It's one or the other depending on what our day looks like and how long you have slept. But snuggling you when you are so sleepy in the mornings can be such a treat.

Also mornings are when you talk the most. You are learning to talk "coo" so much and you are such a happy baby. That's something everyone remarks on: you are happy and content. You love looking around and when people talk to you, you give them a huge smile. It honestly makes my momma heart melt. Sure you cry and scream but relatively you are so happy.

At around six weeks you went from two hours between feeds to three. This has changed my life! On average a feed takes you 20 minutes and then burping and diaper changes brings it to a half hour. Instead of only have 1.5 hours until the next feed I know get 2.5 hours and it has made such a difference. I can now eat my food sometimes so thank you Jackson:)

You love your carseat and every time we go for a drive you fall asleep. Hopefully when we head up to the cottage next week it will be a smooth ride and you can sleep most of the way. You are getting better at tummy time and can hold your head up for about 40 seconds before you crash. I love encouraging you and cheering you on! You look at me like and I think you're saying "mom, please stop. I've got this." Sometimes I so wish you could talk to me, yet most times I think you would be telling me that I'm crazy!

You love music [which baby doesn't] so worship music is normally playing in the house. I sing to you constantly even though I have the worst singing voice ever. Good thing you just like hearing my voice and that doesn't seem to bother you.

I thank God every day that he is given you to me and I honestly mean that. Jackson, being your momma is the best thing that has ever happened. I can't think of anything more rewarding and something with such purpose. I pray over your sweet life that you would do great things for the Lord. I love dreaming about what those things might be and who you could disciple and lead. It excites me and then I get back on my knees and pray for you. Praying that you would know Jesus because I know thats something only the Holy Spirit can do, not me.

I love this parenting thing and I am again so thankful for your Dad! I have the utmost respect for single parents and grandparents who are raising their kids children and all the other people that have stepped up and are being 'parents' to certain kiddos. I applaud them and am cheering them on. Jackson, I am not sure I would be a good momma without Mark. He keeps me stable and helps out so much. He loves you so much and watching you too interact is one of my favourite things. You watch him with such awe. It will be so fun when Dad can do more stuff with you!

So happy two months my "Jackson baby." I love you more than I will ever be able to express to you in this letter. Let's see what month three has to offer us. I am praying for you all day every day.

Love your Momma

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