a one month letter

Dear Charlie,

You are one month old today.

Stop that.  Stop that getting older thing right this minute.

Sorry.  I got all cliche on you there for a second.  But really, I don’t think anyone can believe it’s been a whole dang month already since you were sliced out of my belly.

Yesterday we were at the doctor’s office and they weighed you.  10lbs, 4 oz.  Dude.  That is a pound and 2 ounces in like a week’s time.  You are a champ!  Must be because you are averaging about 20-24 ounces of formula a day.

You are such an agreeable baby, my son.

You put yourself on a three-hour schedule almost immediately after moving into our house.  Sometimes at night, you will go four, even five hours at a stretch, but during the day, you want food every three hours.

You sleep really well too.  We will get some awake time where you coo and “chat”, but mostly you eat, poop, and sleep.

Rarely do you get so crabby you can’t be consoled…you’re maybe an anger ball for about an hour once every other day.

Just like your brother, you’ve found the elephant on the wall next to the changing table.  When you’re not mad at me for having your booty cakes out in the breeze, you are happily staring, and sometimes cooing, at that dang elephant.

I’m sorry that I compare you to your brother so much.  It’s hard not to though.  I mean, he’s all I have to say what mothering an infant is like, and you…well you are quite a bit different than he was.

So just for funsies, instead of comparing you in personality and temperament, I’ve got some pictures of you both at this age.

a fresh Eddie

newborn Charlie

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Daddy and Eddie bonding

Daddy and Charlie cuddling

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Eddie at 6 days for his newborn photoshoot

Charlie at 7 days old for his photoshoot (also with mL photography)

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upclose with Eddie

Charlie's close up

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And lastly…

Eddie at 4 weeks old

Charlie at 4 weeks

There is a LOT about you two that is alike upon first glance, but that is really where it ends.  Most of my pictures of your brother are of him wide awake and yelling.  The pics I have of you are all of you snoozing.

Eddie was rocking tummy time by four weeks.  You have zero interest in it.  In fact, it’s almost difficult to find time to put you on your tummy.  You’re either eating or sleeping all the time.

But you have one thing in common with Eddie.  You both love to snuggle.

I hope neither of you ever grow out of needing me.

I love you, sweet Charlie Bird.

You make me happy every day.

Love,
mommy

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Oh hey!  The lovely Courtney from GCS Design worked her magic yet again (you’ll remember that she designed my business card and this blog), and whipped up Charlie’s birth announcement.  I am excited to share it with you all!

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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.

Comments

  1. That birth announcement is beautiful. Yeah no doubt they are brothers. I miss mine being little like that and the snuggle time. Nothing calms you more then a sweet baby sleeping on your chest.. Best time in the world

    • it’s so true. The whole world slows down to “calm” when you have a sweet, sleepy baby snuggled under your chin.

  2. Happy 1 month Charlie!! I’m so glad you’re so good to your mom. And you’re adorable!!

    Beautiful birth announcement and lovely pictures, Katie!

  3. Sigh. Charlie is just so peachy. I’m so happy that he’s laid back! Eddie & Charlie sure do look like brothers. Happy 1 month, Mama! You deserve a pat on the back. XO

    • Thanks, you! I am so glad he is laid back too. And yes, Charlie and Eddie are two peas in a pod 🙂

  4. what cute babies!!

  5. You sure do make some gorgeous bootycakes. (I’m stealing that word, btw)

    • he he…thank you! and steal away! I think I may have stolen it from Miranda (not super…just mom)

  6. Amanda Venema says:

    Love the birth announcement! So cute–doesn’t hurt that your little man is adorable. Good work! 🙂

  7. You Sluiters make some beautiful babies…

  8. you make beautiful boys! and you are positively correct…they get big way too quickly…
    must be why I had 4 in 6 1/2 years…
    Don’t remember how I ended up here, but glad I did…looking forward to going back and also reading new posts!

    • oh I LOVE that you ended up here! And thank you! Oh to have more. But that is a subject I have to DELICATELY bring up to the hubs. I love having a snuggly baby around 🙂

  9. So cute! I can’t wait for my little girl to arrive. As in, I’ve cried all day today because I’m so miserable and I’d rather have her in my arms than in my belly at this point. I’m such a look-ahead kind of gal, I’m always more interested in what my kid is doing next than what they were doing yesterday. At least with my first—we’ll see if I keep that attitude with my last!

  10. Awww, I love this sweet, precious letter and the pictures . . . swoon!!

  11. What a nice way to let Charlie know what’s been going on and how much you love having him in your life. Treasured memories forever. The pic comparisons are adorable and the birth announcement is beautiful. Happy 1 month birthday, Charlie. 🙂

  12. Don’t hate me, but I think you need to have add a third little baby to your house. I mean, AFTER, the current one isn’t quite so new. It’s just that you make such pretty babies, it would truly be wrong to deprive the world of such handsome-ness.

  13. I bet it’s hard not to make comparisons, but they are totally different people inside and out, but both equally loved and adored.

  14. Katie, your family looks just about perfect. I can’t believe that Charlie is a month old — seriously, can’t believe it.

    The comparison thing? It’s absolutely unavoidable . . . I’ve got two, one by adoption and one biologically. one boy and one girl. They’re an apple & an orange, and yet I compare them all of the time. It’s just what you do.

    But neither of mine, even now, will approach 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

  15. That birth announcement? Perfection.