My sweet pumpkin,
How I love these days with you! You are such a smiley, lovable soul. We call you Smiley Wiley because it seems to be your default expression. I love that you are showing just how transparent you are with your feelings: when you’re happy, you’re delighted. When you’re upset, you’re livid. I never wonder how you’re feeling!
You’re still a little piggy. You snort and grunt and breathe so loudly! No one believes it until they hear it, and then they really believe it. We’ve gotten in to a steady routine for nursing, and you’re eating every couple of hours. At about seven weeks, you began sleeping from 9 or 10 p.m. until 3 or 4 a.m. You’ll then sleep for another couple of hours, wake around 6 a.m., and then sleep until 9 a.m. if I let you. I’m trying to keep you awake in the morning so you’ll take a morning nap. You are not a very consistent (or long) napper—you take catnaps throughout the day.
Your favorite times of the day are first thing in the morning and early evening. You get fussy around 8 or 9 p.m. When you cry, you cry loudly!
I’m posting this a bit late (you’re almost two and a half months), but at your two-month doctor’s appointment today, you weighed 15.4 pounds and were 24 inches long. You’re quite the butterball! I love it. You wear size 0-3 month clothes and size two diapers. You have dark hair—it never lies flat and always ends up in a mohawk—that is really coming in! You have blue eyes, and a weepy little eye that breaks our heart—it is always teary due to a clogged tear duct. Hopefully it will clear up soon, but your doctor told us that it may take a year to clear up. We started giving you a pacifier, and it has been a very good thing for all of us. We never used one with Shepherd, so seeing how instantly calming it is for you has been both interesting and relieving.
You love your brother, sitting up and watching the action, being held, your bathtime, and laying down on your “playgound” and watching the animals in the mobile. You love when you’re talked to, and coo and laugh and smile the entire time. You are truly a delightful baby!
You do not like sleeping in predictable patterns, being put down when the rest of us are elsewhere, and having even a slightly dirty diaper.
I love you so much, John Wilder. I love that I get to be your mama. You fit perfectly in our family, and we are so glad you are ours (and we, yours!). My prayer for you is that you will know deep, lasting joy through faith in Jesus and that you will grow strong and brave, loving others the way He did and making them smile along the way.
Smiley Wiley, WyWy, Don WyWy (because when Shepherd says “John,” it sounds like Don), Chamki (a character from Sesame Street Live), Don Chamki, JW (J-Dub), J.W. Chins. Daddy calls you Junior Junior, and I call you Bear and Little Bear.
and here is Wilder at One Month