Week sixteen

Dear Bean,

Today you are sixteen weeks old. You change so much every day.

I think we are getting a bit of a reprieve from the teething business because you definitely have not been as cranky this week. Your teeth still have not broken through, so I know we are in for some more eventually. I’ll take a happy baby for now though.

I think last week was your most photo and video documented week yet. Not necessarily because you did anything spectacular, but because I have found a renewed interest in photography and have been using you to practice with my camera.

This past week I noticed that you were kind of getting bored with the toys we’ve had out for the past month or so and I brought out a couple of new friends for you to play with.

As a knitter, it is pretty dang satisfying that your new favorite is the doll I made.

Today during our photo shoot I probably deserved to get the worst mother of the year award. Or that is how I felt anyway. Ever since your grandpa brought over my rocking horse I’ve been dying to get a picture of you on it. The temptation was far to great today and so I put you on it.

Not too sure about the rocking horse, with good reason.

I probably should have waited a couple more months until you are better at sitting up because you toppled right off of it (even though I was trying to help you balance) onto your bum. Thank God for thick and cushy cloth diapers. You weren’t hurt, just a little scared and that was quickly remedied by a little nursing. Thank God for breastfeeding. Anyway, it probably could have been a lot worse and I felt so dumb afterwards for even attempting it.

Things did not end there though. While we were doing standing practice you wriggled out of my hands and fell head first onto my camera which was sitting on the ground right next to us.

Yep. I’m a superstar mom alright. Even though I think that probably hurt worse you didn’t even cry and were up and giggling in a second. I’m sure you won’t hold a grudge against me for it when you are 16, so I’m not too worried. It was just a good reminder to be more careful with you because you are still little.

This summer your papa’s whole family is going to Mammoth, which they do every three years. I’m still trying to imagine what it will be like this year with a 10 month old. My first Mammoth experience happened when your Papa and I were engaged. I remembered being overwhelmed at meeting the WHOLE family for the first time and also thinking it was so neat that Papa’s family had this tradition. I can’t wait for you to experience it this year, and hopefully for many years to come.

Tomorrow we are going to meet up with some other families that my friend Emily says are “crunchy” just like us. They are part of a homeschooling group and they get together every Thursday for a park day. It will be so nice to meet some other families that don’t think it is weird to use cloth diapers, carry babies in a sling, or have homebirths. I can’t wait!

You are such a sweet and happy girl and I love you so much.




Filed under Family, Parenting

4 responses to “Week sixteen

  1. Bean is so darling! Lisa, you are not a bad mom, things happen! Every mom goes through that. Both of my kids rolled off of my bed as infants because I was not paying attention. Nursing is awesome for curing any owies. Long after I weaned both of my boys (around a year old), I’d so wish I could just whip it out and nurse them when they were crying because it always worked!

    I’m glad she loves the doll you made her! The pictures are so cute. 🙂

  2. Kourtni

    I think she’s definitely getting cuter by the minute. I LOVE it. That doll you made her is adorable.

  3. that first shot, with that little impish smile… oh my goodness, it’s too cute for words!!
    And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done things that have inadvertently caused my kids to get hurt or something. It happens. I once even locked Emma in the car when she was a baby (it was running, so there was no danger of her overheating or anything like that, but still…) and the firemen had to come get her out… yeah, not a good day. hehe.

  4. Hi! 🙂 Thanks so much for delurking on my blog! I love these letters you’re writing your daughter. She is going to be SO glad to have these one days. Love the new pictures of her! She is such a doll! Thanks for the Portland recommendations!

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