Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dear Cooper // Week 2

Note: These are sappy and possibly over the top.  Sorry, can't help it.

Dear Cooper,

I can't believe you're two weeks now, technically two weeks and two days today.  The joy that you have brought into my life is out of this world.  Being a mom is hard, but not hard work.  Taking care of you doesn't feel like work, it feels like a blessing.  I might change my mind about that one day, but right now all I can think about is the fact that you need me to take care of you and that one day you won't.  I'm already not ready for that day.  I know that as the weeks and months pass you will gain more and more independence and thinking about that makes me want to cry.  My mind has been skipping to the future this week and I need to stop that, I need to enjoy all of your littleness while you're little.  

You sleep the best when you're laying on my chest.  In fact, you will sleep for three hours straight when you're laying on me, but if you're sleeping anywhere else you will wake up when two hours on the dot has passed since the last time you ate.  Speaking of eating, you love to eat and I think your skinny little legs will be chunking up in no time.  When it comes time to eat your get so worked up that you will turn your head from side to side so quickly that I can't even get you where I need you to be.  I'm so proud of the progress we have made with breastfeeding, long gone are the days of thinking I need to carry around formula with me just in case.  I didn't mention last week, but I did have to feed you formula twice during your first week of life.  You wouldn't latch on and you cried and cried and cried and I cried and cried and cried and it was just too much seeing you hungry so off your daddy went to CVS to get a medicine cup and some formula and on two separate occasions that week we had to feed you out of that little cup.  It worked, you were fed, but we're both happy to kiss those days goodbye.  You are still not on any schedule whatsoever, I think it's supposed to be that way though, I mean you're only 16 days old! Our days go like this: I get into bed around 10 at night and from then until about 10 in the morning we are in bed but only asleep for maybe 7 hours, if we're lucky.  The nights are basically like the days for you... feed, stay awake for a little while, sleep and repeat.  The nights are different than the days for me because I do not sleep during the day, I only sleep at night when you sleep.

In your second week of life we made our first outing to your Nanny and Poppys house (my parents) and it was really nice to get out of the apartment.  I'm looking forward to all the future endeavors we will get to go on once I feel comfortable taking you out and about.  I'm thinking we'll start going to stores and restaurants once you hit the 6 week mark, I might wait longer though.  I want to keep you healthy!

I'm thankful that this week has been much better for you and I than your first week.  We've both done a whole lot less crying.  In fact, I probably did more crying than you during your first week.  I could not keep it together!

To wrap it up, I've loved these long, hard days I've spent with you and I can't wait for all of the days to come.  We've got some talkin' to do about how much you stay awake though, okay?

I love you more than ever.


p.s. If you didn't know, being a mom is time consuming.  Cooper is actually 2 weeks and 3 days now.

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