My goodness. 4 weeks already!? I truly cannot believe that our sweet Ruthie has been with us for a month now. It seems like just yesterday she was born. The memories and emotions from the day of her birth are still so fresh, it really is hard to believe that was one whole month ago. What can I say about this sweet girl of ours? Every day I think about what this little girl will be like in just another year or two while trying to hang on for dear life with this precious time we have with her as a teeny tiny babe. Will she be silly, shy, creative, independent, stubborn - it's so fun to imagine this tiny baby as a little person. Already in just one month she has grown and developed so much. She's gained over 1 whole pound, makes eye contact, loves looking at books and taking car rides, also loves being worn by mama in the moby wrap and is such a good little tummy timer. Her most alert, wide awake times are between 9 and 11 am and 9 and 11 pm (little stinker) but her awake hours increase a little more as each day passes. She sleeps well through the night, waking every 2 1/2 - 3 hours. She doesn't require much to be put back to sleep although we both love a little snuggle time in mama's bed before putting her back in her co sleeper.
This past week we ventured out for errands and coffee and lunch dates each day and i'm starting to feel like a normal human again. It's been so nice! I know over the next 4 weeks we are going to see her grown and develop in some big ways. It's so exciting to watch her grow and I can't tell you what a gift it is to be her mama. Just yesterday, while pulling into a parking lot to nurse Ru in the backseat of the car, I had a conversation with my cousin about what a gift parent hood is. Truly. These mundane duties of simply caring for a little one are what make this life so cherished.