Dear Marlowe // Five Months

 Dear Marlowe,

Happy Five Months! I can't believe how fast time is going with you. "People said" everything happens must faster with your second child and I can agree with them. Summer is coming to a close and you are growing so much - it is a pure joy to watch you grow.

The sleepless nights are over and you've settled into an amazing routine. We've said goodbye to rocking you to sleep (which has been sad because that is one of my favourite things) but you've learnt to put yourself to sleep by yourself, without crying and I'm so proud of you!

You love your sleep and have an amazing temperament when you are back to sleep within two hours of being awake. This has caused some problems because I don't always like staying in the house but I know you need sleep as much as you need food so am trying to prioritize that and keep Jackson entertained with being in the house all day. You head to bed anywhere from 6-7pm and sleep until 3-5am for one night feed and then immediately fall back asleep until 7-8am. You normally sleep for 13 hours in the night. Once I put you down at 5:30pm because I missed your last nap and that was the first time you slept through the night!!! You didn't wake up till 7am! It was amazing!! But I don't mind the one feed in the night because you go right back to sleep - however your Momma stays awake for hours. I've had such trouble being able to fall back asleep now that I'm rested and head to bed at 10pm most evenings.

You still won't take a bottle or a soother despite many many many attempts. We are going to start you on solids this month which I am excited about. Hopefully that prolongs the milk feeds when I have to do more weddings in the coming months. You still nurse every 2-3 hours during the day and then do a massive long stretch in the nighttime.

You love playing with your toys and are pretty good at rolling over. You have yet to be on your back and roll onto your tummy but you are close. You reach for toys on your tummy but still don't enjoy "tummy time" and can't be on your stomach for more than a few minutes. You love your Bumbo seat and have enjoyed sitting at the table with us and on the counter while Jackson and I do dishes.

You give us the biggest smiles in the morning or whenever we come get you from your nap. You are such a content baby and hardly ever cry (I think this is because of all the sleep).

At 4.5 months you weighed 14 llb 12 oz and were 65 cm long. You are right in the middle of the pack for your weight and about 80 % in your length. Your hair is still a bit crazy (sorry about this) and we call it the rooster tail because it always sticks up and I can't for the life of me get your hair to stay down. You have lost some of your hair but not to the extent of your brother, which I am grateful for. You still have pretty bad eczema and I will try yet another cream from the US this month to see if anything will help.

You cry when others hold you and aren't the most receptive to strangers...you just thrive when you are on a schedule with your Momma and able to sleep in your own bed! I'm not wishing these days away with you and can't wait to watch all that you will discover and learn as these months go on.

I catch myself dreaming of all the fun girl things we will do together and I smile so big thinking about it all. Yet, I want to remember these mundane ordinary days of baths, folding laundry and laying on the floor with you talking in an extremely high pitched voice.

Jackson adores you so much and still loves to jump in your crib. When you go to sleep he gives you the best hug and kiss and says "nih nih Mar Mar." It makes my heart explode seeing his love and adoration for you. He always makes sure I don't make any noise when you are sleeping and tells me to "Shhh" often. He won't play with any of his trucks that make loud noise because he is aware that you are sleeping. Too precious.

Happy Five Months to my Daughter. I will never be able to explain the deep love I have for you. I pray that I will love you with Christ's love and you would experience and begin to grasp at a very young age the love He has for you as well.


Your Momma

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