i can barely fathom that just three months ago i was snuggling you in my arms for the first time...i truly can barely remember the days of being a mommy to just two girls. it seems you have been with us for so much longer than three months...and yet, in the same respect, it seems those three months have past with the blink of an eye.
gone are the days when you were just a scrunched up ball of baby...barely opening your eyes...eager to eat ALL the time. now your eyes are open wide...alert and taking in the world around you, sparkling and twinkling when you catch my eye. you love to stand on my lap (yes...you are definitely a stander...fighting with every ounce of energy to not bend into a sitting position). your lips are ready with full-fledged, toothless grins...and every now and then, sweet girl, you bring the most delightful music to mommy's ears...the beginning burst of a laugh. you even carry on fabulous little cooing conversations. i have to be honest, i just can't get enough of your preciousness.
and, oh my, jillian claire...oh my do you enjoy your sleep. you sleep through the night from 8 pm to 8 am...from the bottom of my heart mommy thanks you! and for all your alertness and grins and giggles and cooing, you truly don't last for much more than an hour and a half before crashing out for a nice LONG nap...and i do mean long. you don't know the definition of cat-nap (and i must say, mommy counts that as a huge blessing)...nope, you like to sleep 2-2 1/2 hour stretches. you are still sleeping as much as 18 hours a day. and, shhhh...don't tell, but you sure do love sleeping on your tummy, all snuggled up in your grobag. a few weeks ago, while we were visiting grandmommy and poppy, you officially mastered rolling over from your tummy to your back (and, let me tell you, you were NOT a fan of getting stuck on your back)...so mommy is quite thankful for the grobag...it keeps you from flipping over AND slows down the wild scooting you do in your crib (girl...you can move! from one end of the crib to another...a 180 degree turn...you are crazy strong).
jillian claire...you are gorgeous...and precious...and i am wildly, head over heels in love with you. but, more than that, you are chosen and precious in the sight of God...and that is worth far more than anything else i can give you. my prayer for you today is that as you grow you would love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength...He has great and wonderful plans for you, my daughter, and i cannot wait to see just what they are.
i love you!