dear baby jj,
oh my sweet second born, where do we begin? every one warned me time goes so much quicker with your second, but i never thought it would feel this fast. it felt like yesterday that i was just meeting you and kissing those cheeks for the first time. now, you are one month old and turning into my tiny man.
you are your own little person, not like your brother at all. when you entered this world, you were ready to eat. such a little piggy! snorting to find your way to latch. boy, did you latch! you ate for a good hour and this mama was just so proud. it took you less than a week to gain your birth weight back and just kept on gaining. your cheeks show it, trust me. you have giant hands and your little feet are not so little. they do not fit in newborn sleepers and are a tight squeeze in 0-3 month old. you are a giant! i kind of really love it.
you started out sleeping great. i’d wake you to eat, nurse for about forty minutes (i feel like we skipped the whole brand new baby feeding stage), and went right back to sleep. it was so nice. lately, you have been a bit fussier at night. you really want to be in bed with us. sometimes, i get a little stressed out, but your face sets me straight. around midnight you are ready to go back to bed and sleep for a good four to five hours. a sleeping baby makes my heart melt, especially with the little suckling reflex.
tummy time is a little different for you. if i lay you on your tummy, you turn to the side and either go to sleep or just stare into space. you really, really love that time. i try to put something in front of you to get some movement, but you really just turn the other way quickly and leave it at that. if you are laying on our chest though, your head is up. you are searching for your brother usually. daddy does this with you and you love it. if he does it while you are crying, you instantly stop. phew. at least we get a little tummy time in there.
bath time is your absolute favorite. you could sit in the bath (or shower) forever. you are calm, you are comfortable, and you are relaxed. you even love cuddling in your towel afterward. nothings but coos and smiles for mama then. the next best thing to a bath is having you next to me. you love your slings and your wraps. when in doubt, we just wear you and all is well. it literally soothes your soul.
you and your brother already have an amazing bond. i think that is a second time mama’s biggest worry, how the older one takes to the baby. jensen, there is no one in this world your brother loves more than you. you are his first priority in the morning and his last kiss at night. parker holds your hand every diaper change and says ‘shhh shh shh’ to soothe you. he lays next to you when you are doing tummy time and begs to hold you often. i hope this lasts forever.
my little jj, thank you. you made this family bigger and better. you are the perfect addition to this little village and i am so excited to see you grow into this group. i am in constant awe of the love you bring out of people. keep it up, sweetheart.
love you forever.