Friday, August 9, 2019

Letters to Verity: 8 months


My dear Verity Heart,

Happy 8 months, littlest! People have commented how smiley and social you are this month. It seems you are in full baby mode rather than newborn haze, which you seemed to be in for about 6 months of your life. Now you grab at anything within reach, roll everywhere, and scream to make yourself heard. What a joy to behold your growing up little by little.

You stopped using the lounger mid-July, transitioned into the crib in your shared room with your big sister Reverie the last week of July, but have found your way back to the pack 'n play in our room a couple of weeks later because you kept getting your limbs stuck in between the bars of your crib. Perhaps that's just an excuse but we don't mind having you in our room still. You've been teething, biting your fingers, blankets, and teethers with ferocity.

You started solids this past month while sitting in the Bumbo. You weren't a fan at first, but have warmed up to the veggies we offered: zucchini, butternut squash, carrots, sweet potato, along with samples of tofu, banana, avocado, pear, apple, kiwi, spinach, peas, and cucumber. The samples were due to quick forays into jarred baby food during our family trip up north two weeks ago.

You smile, giggle, babble, grab, jump up and down in excitement, and snuggle into our chest with heart-melting sweetness. Developmentally, you're about 5-6 months old. You wear 3-6 month clothing, size 0-1 shoes, and size 2 diapers. You enjoy hugging your stuffie to sleep, preferring to sleep on your side or tummy, usually with the pacifier. So far, you've enjoyed the pacifier the longest out of your siblings. You're happiest in your parents' presence, though you adore the sight of your siblings as well. We love fawning over you. Your siblings fight to hold you and be near you. You are so dearly loved, littlest. Every day I hold you just a wee bit tighter as I ponder how I love you so.


Love you so,
Mama

P.S. Verity at 0 , 123, 45, and 6 months. Plus, her birth story.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Verity's first food








Verity sampled her first zucchini solids two weeks ago. She was quite surprised by the non-milk substance. She wasn't a fan. Love how her feet stick out of the Bumbo; it was actually her first time in it. We borrowed it from a friend as Verity does not sit up well enough in the high chair, with which her older siblings had no problem by the time they each started solids. While her siblings all were keenly interested in food, Verity wasn't. Thankfully that has changed in the last two weeks.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Letters to Verity: 7 months


My dear Verity Heart,

This past month has been all about your feet. You're fascinated by them, these new favorite toys of yours. You grab them, stare at them, stick them in your mouth, and repeat. The cutest sight to behold is your feet sticking straight into the air from your lounger, waving around until you grab onto them. Consequently, you're more mobile this month. You roll from tummy to back, and from back to tummy less than a week ago quite comfortably. You roll from side to side as you suck your fingers, coo, and babble. You articulate iterations of "ahh" and "mmm" interjected by high pitched squeals and lip smacking, for you've discovered the growing capabilities of your voice.

You are a social baby, content in the company of your siblings who adore you so and glady do tummy time with you on the blanket in the living room. You grin at them and babble at them as they fawn over you. You're happiest in the presence of your parents, kicking madly and beaming from ear to ear when you catch sight of your daddy or me. We love to nuzzle your neck and tummy with kisses, which makes you laugh uncontrollably. You smile at your reflection in the mirror. You feel safest in my arms or sling, observing the world with wide eyes like a little koala. You involuntarily grasp at anything within reach, whether it is our hands, our hair, a toy, your blanket.

You recently went through a growth spurt, waking more often at night to eat. When I'm gone, you'll take the bottle only from a select number of people, including your daddy. You nurse on average every 2.5-3 hours during the day. You wear 0-3 month and 3-6 month clothing, size 0 shoes, and size 1 diapers. You'll be transitioning diaper sizes this coming month though. So grateful you're growing and thriving, littlest baby. We are thankful every day you are here with us. You are an undeserved gift. We hold you close and pray we steward you well as you grow in grace.


Love you so,
Mama

P.S. Verity at 0 , 123, 45, and 6 months. Plus, her birth story.