Wow does time fly when you're having fun. Well, Elizabeth is officially 5 months old as of yesterday! I can't believe it...let me type it again...I have a 5 month old...nope still can't believe it! Life just gets more amazing everyday. At only 4 1/2 months old, Elizabeth said her first word: mama. I cannot even begin to describe how amazing it was to hear her call out for me. I know that textbooks say that babies are not associating words with people yet, but screw those books! She was calling out to me because she wanted her mama. She's eating cereal like a champ! Oh and did I forget to mention that she sleeps from about 9 at night to 8:00 in the morning?! We are so blessed in so many ways. She's sleeping well at night and she is as happy as can be. Lately, her favorite things are holding her feet and gumming her toes, hearing mommy sing anything (I mean literally anything...even the occasional made up song), putting everything within her reach straight into her mouth, and making her mommy and daddy inexplicably happy. There are no words for the joy, the love, and the fulfillment that Elizabeth Rose has brought to our lives. Before she was born, I couldn't imagine what life would be like having a baby. Now, I cannot imagine my life without her. When she looks up at me and gives me that certain smile, my heart melts...I completely turn to mush. And it's a certain smile that she gives only her mommy and her daddy. She smiles as if to say I love you no matter what and, at the same time, her eyes are saying that we make her just as happy as she makes us. Anything crummy that may have happened during the day...just doesn't exist anymore the second I see her. I'm a completely different person when I'm with her. I don't care about little things, they're a waste of time and energy. And the big things...well the big things can wait a minute or two because playing with her and seeing her smile is what matters most. God has blessed us in so many ways, but it doesn't get any better than having Elizabeth in our lives.
Below is a video clip of her saying mama. It was just her and I in the house. I was in our bathroom, putting on my makeup, when she called out mama for the first time. After I calmed down from excitement, I grabbed my phone to try to record her (because no one would believe if I told them she was talking and didn't show them some proof). And after the video, I picked her up, held her close and sobbed like a baby myself. I was so moved and so touched to hear "mama" come out of her adorable mouth. She really wanted her mama to pick her up and love on her...as you can tell by watching the video below. I love you my gummy bear, my strawberry, my Elizabeth Rose!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Well, it's crazy to think, but this week Elizabeth is going to be 10 weeks old. Time has flown by so quickly. She and I have had so much fun together over these last two months. She is my favorite girl in the whole world. I have been blessed with such a happy, healthy little ladybug. She has completely changed my world forever and it's the most amazing feeling to be a mother. Our days have been filled with laughter, tears of joy, sleep deprivation, and lots of hugs and kisses. I am madly in love with her. She loves her mommy very much. When someone is holding her, she constantly looks around for me, as if to say, "Mommy shouldn't YOU be holding me? YOU'RE my favorite!" I simply cannot stop kissing her and giving her big big hugs. She coos, kicks, and laughs all the time. She loves to talk to her mommy. Right now, her favorite things to do are go for strolls outside, have me pick her up in my arms and dance around with her, and she LOVES for me to read to her. She really enjoys music. She loves the sound of a piano. She enjoys the instrumental stuff. ;) Wow! I'm getting super emotional just typing this. Whew! Blurry keyboard...anyway! Words simply cannot describe how amazing it is to hold her, look into her eyes and know that we love each other unconditionally. It doesn't matter how tired I am or how stressful the day has been, when I see her...all of the crummy stuff just melts away and it hits me that those things are just transitory...not at all vital to my happiness. Nothing else is the whole world matters when I'm with her. I have never imagined that I could love someone so much. Please don't misunderstand me, I absolutely adore/love/am crazy about Jason (my husband)! But this love...it's so different from anything I have ever experienced. When Elizabeth looks into my eyes, it's like she can see into my soul and she just smiles because she knows just how crazy I am about her. When she has a tummy ache or gets a little fussy, I sing "You Are My Sunshine" and it always seems to make her feel better. It's so bizarre to think that not so long ago, I was sitting in her room in my rocking chair just admiring the room that we had set up for her. I kept imagining what she would look like, be like when she finally made her arrival. While she was in my tummy, I would become overwhelmed with love, so much so, that I would cry while rocking in her room. I'd sing "You Are My Sunshine" to her while she was in my tummy. I would play her mobile in her room while I rocked and I'd cry because I could not wait to meet the beautiful little girl that was growing in my tummy. I could never have imagined how beautiful she would be. I can remember being so upset when my due date came and went. I was frustrated because I couldn't wait to hold her and love her. It felt like I was going to be pregnant forever. I had all of this wonderful baby stuff and a beautiful room set up, but her crib was empty. She was definitely worth the wait and the weight ;) Being a mother...well to me, is the greatest gift that God has ever given me. It doesn't get any better than the smile on her face, the love in her eyes, and the fact that she's mine...my own little personal piece of heaven. Elizabeth Rose, you have changed me forever and I will always be grateful for that. You have made mommy the happiest/luckiest/most fulfilled woman in the whole world. Mommy loves you more, so much more than you've ever known -xoxo