Â That's all you seemed to do for your first few weeks on this earth. You almost drove me and your poor mother mad !! (Her more than me, as she had to feed you when you were hungry). But recently, we've noticed that you're changing, and changing pretty fast.
From about when you were two weeks old, you started lifting up your head when we laid you on your stomach. Now, you can hold your head up (it makes the crying louder). And you've become so mobile. You don't like lying on your back, you always seem to turn and lie on your side when you're sleeping. And when you're awake, we have to be really careful, because you roll around, sometimes a bit suddenly, and in short jerky movements. We can't leave you on the bed anymore, because you almost rolled yourself to the floor once. You are certainly an active baby !! You were active in your mum's womb (and almost got yourself into a lot of trouble for that), and you're continuing to do that. Mmmm....could we have a female athlete on our hands ? I've checked your fingers, and you qualify !!
Two nights ago, you slept in your cot, and only woke upÂ once for a feed !! (5am). Your mum gotÂ some much needed sleep !! WeÂ were both very happy, and thought it was the start of you sleeping through the night. However, last night, you woke up quite a few times. But take your time, don't rush it.Â I've been sleeping in the guest room, as your mum likes to have you nearby when you want to feed, and there isn't enough space on that bed for 3 of us.Â I miss my bed, and I miss my wife, but I love youÂ both so much, I'm willing to sacrifice until you start sleeping through the night.Â And I have a feeling it will be soon !!
Also, you no longer cry all the time when you're awake. Now, you're always looking around, studying everything around you. It's an exciting phase to see you darting your big eyes all over the room, staring at everything, taking in your environment. And it sure beats crying !! You've managed to give us a few half smiles, but your mum and I are waiting patiently for the first time you smile. It will make my heart melt.
And on Saturday, you'll be one month old !! Wow, how time flies !! Before you know it, you'll be dating, and we'll start having sleepless nights again !
In March this year, at the Oscar awards, one of the winners, Reese Witherspoon (I wonder what she'll be doing by the time you're old enough to read this!), in her acceptance speech, said:
".......I am so blessed to have my family here tonight. My mother and my father are here. And I just want to say thank you so much for everything, for being so proud of me. It didn't matter if I was making my bed or making a movie. They never hesitated to say how proud they were of me. And that means so very much to a child. So thank you, Mom and Dad......"
And when I heard that, your mum was about 2 months pregnant with you. It was just dawning on us that we would be parents. And I told myself, that's the kind of dad I want to be. That's how I want my child to feel about me.
So whether you become a world champion tennis player, a professor of mathematics, a future secretary general of the UN or a hairdresser, I want you to know that your mum and dad will always be proud of you. And that no matter what happens, we will love you unconditionally. You will always have a place in our hearts.
Lots of love,