You are the perfect addition to our family. In the cheesy words of Jerry Maguire, "You...complete me" or, rather, you complete us. There was a time that I thought Lily would be our only child. And there was a time where I thought the quiver was full with Scott. Then, there was you. You are the last arrow in the quiver and we are thankful that God placed you in our family so that you may know Him and make Him known. You are a beautiful little girl and adored by every person in this family...especially your brother. We can't believe you've been around breathing and crying, eating and pooping for a whole month. The countdown to the first birthday seems to go by much faster with each baby. I'll just go ahead and start a Pinterest board titled "Ruby's First Bday" and pin away. But, don't get your hopes up. Yo mama ain't gonna make nothin' from Pinterest. She doesn't do that. Make things. She can make a meal and she can make a bed, but she sure isn't going to make anything else. You'll have to get your makin' skills from someone else. Anyway, we love you Miss Ruby and have enjoyed every second of your first month...especially this one:
Here are some highlights of your first month...
Firsts: Everything is a first! But some major first events are: trip to Birmingham to see family, church, out to eat (Panera Bread), MCG (missional community group), shopping with Mommy
Favorite Toy/Activity: Not much right now. You like to be held. You like to lay on your floor gym, but not for long. In the morning you enjoy laying on the floor staring out the window at the sunlight.
Mommy's Favorite: Your peach fuzz after a bath and watching you sleep
Daddy's Favorite: when you snuggle up against his face
Lily's Favorite: When you lay on her bed just before bedtime and she gets to hold you and talk to you
Scott's Favorite: Every single thing. When he sees you he acts like it's the first time to meet you. He gets so excited when you "O O HER EYES!" (open her eyes) like it's the most amazing thing he's ever seen. He loves to rub his cheeks over your soft hair on your head. He also tells you he loves you and says, "Hey Beautiful!"
Milestones: Staying awake more during the day, trying to hold your head up, 25th percentile in weight and 50th percentile in height and head circumference, you are taking 3 ounces at a time and eating every 3-4 hours
Weight/Length: You were 6lbs 14oz and 18 inches long at birth. At discharge you were 6lbs 3oz. At your newborn check up you were an even 7lbs and 20 inches. We went to the doctor for another heel prick recently and you weighed 7lbs 12oz!
Like Mommy: long fingers and toes
Like Daddy: dark hair
Like Lily: beautiful blue eyes
Like Scott: I thought you looked just like him when you were born. In fact, that was the first thing I said when I saw you. But, I think you've changed so much since birth I'm not sure about that anymore.
Best Memory: Being in the OR waiting to see your face and hear you cry for the first time
Biggest Challenge: Teaching Scott how to love you gently, not aggresively, ha!
How We Spend the Day: Well, every day has been different so far since your sister and brother are in school and have different schedules. Mommy tries the BabyWise method of eat, play, sleep but that's hard when you are so little and just want to sleep all the time. It's also hard when your schedule has to revolve around car line. We'll figure out a routine sooner or later. For now, I'm enjoying any downtime I have with you.
Nicknames: Tiny Little Baby (Scott's nickname), Sweet Precious (Lily's nickname), Wuby Jeams, Ruby Jean, Miss Ruby
Funniest Moment: When your brother held you for the first time in the hospital. It was oh so sweet until he was done...and he was DONE. He tried to pick you up by your swaddling blanket and hand you off to someone else.
How We Celebrated: Mommy made a cake and we enjoyed it and celebrated you after school this afternoon. We are so thankful for your life!
We love you sweet girl! We look forward to another month with you!