Dear Marlowe // Eight Months

My dear baby girl,

Happy happy eight months! What a month it has been - no one was sick this month and we are fully in Christmas mode. Your dad is obsessed with Christmas and we have to put up our tree the first weekend in November and take out all the decorations. He loves Christmas so much because he loves to give gifts. He loves this holiday because he is crazy in love with blessing others and is so excited for you to experience your first Christmas... even though we know you won't remember it - hey, that is what pictures are for!

Just like your earthly father adores giving gifts, we know that your Heavenly Daddy loves to give good gifts to His children as well (Matthew 7:11). Marlowe, I say this almost every day - you are the best gift. I know Jesus loves you so much more than I ever can or could, and loves you with a pure love, not my broken human understanding of love - but know baby girl you are a gift to us. A true, beautiful blessing in my life.  You make me marvel at the goodness of God. When I look into your eyes and think of how he has entrusted me for this short time on earth to love you and raise you up to know His love it amazes me what a gift that is.

Changes to this month: we have dropped your third nap in the afternoon. You weren't really interested in it anymore but you go to bed super early now because you are still tired- always before 6:30pm because when you wake up at 2:30pm you are exhausted by 5pm. I know as you get older you will be able to last longer and even stay up till 7! :) hahah - but right now this works out really well because I can put you down to sleep and then work on Mr. Jackson's bedtime. I've also been diligent on keeping you in your room for 1.5 hours to help you learn to take two naps that last this long during the day. This is definitely a "still in process" thing at eight months old but I am happy to write in this blog that there is progress - good progress. Let's hope when I write your next month letter that we can check this off the list.

You still wake up once in the night to feed. It has gotten earlier (sometimes as early as 3am) because you go to bed so early but as long as it is one time in the night I'm going to be OK. Also solids - I'm worried I can't drop the last night feed because you have no solid food in you. We really need to get you to eat.

Speaking of eating - you have interest. Not in a spoon or anything puree but you will now eat a "mum mum" and chew on an arrowroot. There is progress - things are going in your mouth and you aren't fully rejecting them. Still no bottle, sippy cup etc. but I've come to learn with you, everything is slow and steady - at your own pace. Again small progress but progress none the less. This still is the biggest stress that I face with you - which I know is nothing compared to a lot of Mommas so I am not complaining.

Your eczema on your face was really bad this month and we rushed your dermatologist appointment because it was causing you so much pain - which means I was in pain too. She saw us for maybe five minutes and declared you will have this for life and to just try to control it and prevent the flare ups. She was not helpful and didn't answer any of questions so we left the appointment pretty discouraged for you - but not loosing hope. The 2% steroid cream defiantly helps but everyone told us (doctor's and pharmacist) that it can thin your skin... and I would never want your face to be thinned out and droopy. However, this dermatologist said to use it for a couple years before that would ever happen... which is confusing and she didn't explain why, even though I asked 10 times. But we are using it a bit more frequently to try and not let you skin become open, because once you get a flare up and start scratching it is really hard to get you to stop. Your Momma will keep researching and buying expensive creams in hope that we can kick this thing. I am also hopeful that it might go away once I stop breast-feeding.. I've heard this could be a thing?

Moving. You roll over both ways and enjoy being on your tummy. You turn around in circles but still no crawling or moving forward, sometimes you move backwards. I'm definitely not forcing this still because I really enjoy setting you down on the floor so I can use the bathroom and being confident you will be in the same spot upon my arrival.

You love your home and your schedules. You thrive off of these two things and when they aren't present it is hard for you. Your brother loves you so much and gets into your crib every single morning without fail to greet you. He says hello and gives you a hug and a kiss. It melts me every time. I love seeing the way he loves you and the ways you return the love as well. Even though you are eight months old it is amazing watching the ways you both interact. I hope you will continue to be friends and bond as you get older.

You spend a lot of the time sitting up now, by yourself, playing with all your toys. As long as you can watch us and see Momma at all times you are happy and content. You are a true joy to mother and we can't wait to experience 'all the things' with you - Christmas!!

I pray for you every day Marlowe and pray that I would show you a true and right picture of what living for Jesus looks like. That you would know from a young age that Jesus is life, true hope and is coming again to make all this brokenness go away. He is coming back for us and we will live alongside him forever on the new earth so very soon. I long for Jesus to come back and restore this broken world, but I know His timing is the best and His heart longs for more people to come to know Him - He is patient and will come at the right time. For now, we love Him and make disciples and give God away and I pray and beg the Lord you would see that in your Daddy and I and grow up to know the amazing unending love that Jesus has for you.

We love you baby girl, so very very much.  We will always be here cheering you on, loving you and showing you how much Jesus adores you. Happy eight months!

Your Momma


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