letters to sunday | month three

My sugar bear,

I never thought I'd be one to have little cheesy names for my kids (or for anyone in my life)... but I just cannot help myself with you. I love all of the silly feelings of affection that spill out of my heart through ridiculous words and sing-songy voices. It's probably ridiculously entertaining for anyone who observes my interaction with you. I can't help it - you love it and I will do just about anything to make you smile.

The past few weeks have been tough on my mama heart. We're trying to teach you to fall asleep on your own and it has really been hard for me. You just find such comfort in drinking yourself to sleep. It's so sweet and cuddly of you, but we are trying to teach you how to fall asleep without eating. It's one of my first big challenges of parenting. You are getting the hang of it... but you really don't like it. And I don't really like it either. But I know it's better for the both of us.

You are beginning to practice rolling over! It's so fun for me to watch you try. A couple of times I've helped you make it the last little bit and then you get all upset because suddenly you are on your tummy and you don't like it at all. Oh, my silly girl. :)

You are officially out of all newborn and 0-3mo clothes. I have sorted the clothes in your room probably 5 times in your short little life. I can't believe how quickly you grow!

As it turns out, you continue to refuse any sort of pacifier or bottle. In fact, I got so desperate last week that I pulled out the sippy cup for you to try. And when I warmed up that valuable breastmilk and you refused it yet again, I spoon fed it to you. I just couldn't bring myself to throw away another bottle of milk! The spoon feeding actually went pretty well... but I can't really expect a babysitter to try that in the future. So I plan on continuing my efforts to familiarize you with the sippy cup.

You are beginning to really enjoy all of the baby entertainment centers we have around the house for you (okay, just two). It was just the other day when I noticed you were starting to explore the little animals and color wheels on your jumping set for the first time. It was so fun to see you noticing new things! But you are just as happy laying on the couch with a dry washcloth in your hands, too. And that makes me a proud mama. :) My easy to please little girl!

Together we are still trying to discover a good routine for the both of us. Lately your napping needs have been completely unpredictable. I've sort of given up trying to go out and do much for the next few weeks. I'm determined to figure out a routine for the both of us and if that requires we stay at home for a little while, then I'm okay with that. I'm just crossing my fingers that our time at home will pay off with a routine... eventually!

Oh! We pulled out the disposable diapers. I bought some for a trip this past week and when we got home, your dad unloaded everything from the car except those diapers! I laugh at him, but I do think it's pretty adorable that he wants you to be his all-natural babe.

Oh Sunday... it is so fun watching you grow. There are days when I can't wait for you to sit up and grab at toys or crawl around... and then some days when I want you to remain my small little cuddly girl. I do my best to cherish each fleeting moment with my beautiful baby girl.

Mama loves you!

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.