Tuesday, May 12, 2009

happy two months!

I'm two months old today. (And I like to fly on airplanes!)

Dear Mary Beth,

Today is your two month birthday! And what an interesting month it has been, especially the last week or so. You're really starting to show a personality, and your facial expressions are priceless. If anyone would have told me about your cute faces and stretches, we would have had you a long time ago! You now like the swing, especially the vibrating function. But you have to be in the right mood to be put in there. Which means we do need to go get more batteries... We thought you were starting to sleep a lot more at night, but the last few days you have stopped that. But we have been out of town, so that may be why. More on that later.

We have discovered something you REALLY like. Baths. The other night you were inconsolable - crying and getting fussy for no reason. As soon as we took you into the bathroom and you felt the heater and heard the water, you got quiet and smiled. You may soon be the cleanest 2 month child out there because we love to see your reaction to it all. And your Auntie Kim likes when you smell nice and clean, too.

Last Monday we found out that my Great Aunt Cecilia died at age 105. And then, your great grandfather, my precious Papa (Cecilia's brother) also passed away. He was 94 and has desperately wanted to join his loving wife Geimps and daughter, your namesake and my mother, in heaven. He missed them dearly and was in a lot of pain, so we take comfort in knowing they are together again. Your Aunt Kim, you and I flew up to Minneapolis for the funeral, and spent time with both the Vener and Engelman families. We were nervous on how you would handle the flights -- you slept the entire way, both flights. I can only hope you act that way on future flights! We met a lot of great people at Papa's funeral - including someone who helped take care of Mom when she was a baby and had whooping cough when she was a baby. That was 64 years ago! It's strange to say, but you were the hit of the funeral - everyone wanted to see you and remember that life is a complete circle. Papa may be gone, but you're his blood that will continue on. I'll post more photos and news from our trip, but right now we're resting from being up since 3:30 a.m. I guess that's nothing new for you, but staying awake since that time is new to me! The photo above is from your trip on the plane this morning. Yes, it's written on a barf bag, which thank goodness nobody had to use. Auntie Kim almost had to on the way up there, but she'll have to tell you why one day.

Next week we have a pediatrician appointment for your immunizations. It would be great if you would sleep through those, too, but that's not going to happen. I apologize in advance for what you're going to go through. It will hurt, but it's better in the long run for you. I have a feeling that won't be the last time I say that to you in your life.

We love you, Baby Love!!

Love, Mom and Dad

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