Baby Lelan – One Month Old!

Dear Lelan,

You’re a month old and already you’ve taught me so much about what it means to love wholeheartedly… I’ve never felt more confident about who I am or what my purpose is in life since becoming your mom.

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Your personality is positively sunny. You are easy going and curious about everything. You are an observer… You have my eyes and smile and your daddy’s nose and lips. You cry only when you need something. You have started noticing faces and voices and will break into a huge smile when spoken to. You even flashed a smile at your pediatrician today, who raves about your good nature during our visits. Your very first out of town visitor was your auntie Shivi followed by your thatha. Locally, you have met your grandma, Papa and Gigi. The rest of the family is eagerly looking forward to meeting you soon! Starting at 3 weeks, you began focusing on the munari mobile above your bassinet. The black and white shapes really grab your attention for several minutes at a time.

At two weeks old, to my amazement, you soothed yourself to sleep. I have a feeling that you are going to be fiercely independent when you grow up, but for now I’ll cherish every second of being needed. You love being held close to the chest and rocked to sleep by me. I’ll never forget the first time you fell asleep on me… it was such an intense feeling and I just couldn’t put you down! I think I slept sitting up all night. You love sleeping with your face smushed into me. In the beginning I worried whether you could breathe but no matter how many times I turned your sweet face it always returned to the original position within minutes. You absolutely love being swaddled and will instantly relax into it. You remind me of a peaceful monk when you’re sleeping, all swaddled up! I could watch you for days…

You make the most delightful baby sounds… Your daddy and I are mesmerized by your voice. Even when you cry, there is such a distinct tone and timber to it. We often remark that you could be a singer when you grow up. You enjoy listening to music and already have your preferences. You will instantly stop crying when I play certain Indian songs. Just like your daddy, you thrive on routine and happiest when your needs are met on time. You eat every 4 hours and some days I can set my clock to your schedule. You’ve been sleeping longer at nights, waking up just once to feed, which has really been a blessing. You seem to enjoy bath time but diaper changes are still a little rough at times. Currently you are in the 30th percentile for weight at 9lbs 8oz and 80th percentile for height measuring at 23in.

The next few months are going to be filled with many milestones and I’m so excited to watch you grow, my sweet darling. I thank God every day for allowing me to be part of your life!

Love,
Your Mom

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