Dear Eloise // Week 11

Dear Eloise,

11 weeks. You have certainly started blossoming into a little person with a big personality. I get a little more sad each day that passes knowing my time being home with you is almost over. I so badly want to show you that you can have a career and a family, but man I also want to show you how great it is to be a mom and if one day you decided to stay home that would be okay. Our days are mostly filled with cuddling on the couch, reading books, laying on the floor making faces at each other and babbling, and nursing. I thought I would be itching to get back to work but these days with you have been some of the best ever. I am sure once I am back it will be hard, but I will cherish the nights and weekends with you even more now. Time passes so fast, I cannot believe how big you are already.

Your cheeks are one of your best features, they tend to be what everyone points out. They are so squishy and perfect, a sign that you are for sure a good eater. You continue to nurse like a champ, however, the bottle it another whole story. Your dad has been trying every day to get you to take a bottle and so far you hate it. You make this face like you are being betrayed by us, and I think we’ve probably spent at least $75 bucks trying out different bottles. You will get it, I am sure. I am quick to swoop you up and nurse you after you get frustrated with the bottle which probably isn’t helping you learn. I cherish our nursing sessions, watching you look up at me, you tend to hold your hands together which is adorable or wriggle one into my shirt somewhere which I also love. I will miss nursing you all day when I go back to work (because 1. I hate pumping and 2. I love the time with you).

You are still waking up at night, typically for a really short nursing session around 10/11 and then again between 2/3. We wake up for the day typically around 6:30 but sometimes I’ll nurse you and then try to sneak in another hour or so. I love that you are sleeping for longer periods of time but I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss you during those longer stretches.

You have a few spots that are ticklish, but you don’t know how to giggle yet so you open your mouth into a huge smile and wiggle around when I do it. You still LOVE getting your diaper changed and bath time, nothing makes you happier than being naked on the changing table. You have also loved the floor lately, not so much tummy time but being on your back, looking around at the Christmas lights and peoples faces, makes you smile.

You my little love are the best thing in the world and watching you take in the world is the best gift I could ever ask for. Keep on growing baby girl and know that this world is yours for the taking.

Love always,
your mama

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