Letters to Miriam: Two months

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Dear Miri, you turned two months old yesterday, as you enter your ninth week of life. I can’t believe I have only known you for two months, yet I love you more and know you better than anyone else on the planet. We’re both still getting our sea legs on this big adventure: you are entering the world and becoming your own person and at the same time you made me a mom and you made us a little family.

These past few weeks have been amazing with all the changes going on. It’s like the lights got turned on, and you are emerging from your hazy newborn hangover and becoming aware of your world and of other people. You smile at us all the time now, especially in the mornings. No one has ever been so happy to see me first thing in the morning! The first smiles brought tears to my eyes each time, sometimes they still do. Sometimes it seems like you’re just cracking yourself up, working on your comedy routine. Once you came through the stormy six-week growth spurt, your eyes focused and started tracking things. They are so bright and curious! We hung the Freddy the Firefly mobile over your crib, but it quickly was renamed the Slake Moth due to its powerful hypnotic powers. No matter what state you’re in, you are completely mesmerized by it. It doesn’t put you to sleep, but it buys me valuable time to use the bathroom or make a cup of tea!

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You’re sleeping through the night now, nearly eight hours at a stretch, but of course we’re not telling anyone for fear of jinxing it, or hearing the typical response, “Oh, you just wait…”

It’s not all smiles and strawberry shortcake breath…you had your first shots today and you have been vehemently protesting the injustice of it all afternoon. The screaming! The tears! (Oof, your first tears). The red-in-the-face-silence-quivering-lips because you can’t catch your breath crying, that high note screech you hit that triggers my own tears…

But for the most part we’re having a lot of fun, and I’m so excited to see all the changes you’re going to go through, and for all our adventures still to come!

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