To the Charlie Bird

Dear Charlie,

You are 11 days old today.

Every single one of the past eleven days I have marveled at you.

You are perfection in baby form, my little man.

I can hardly believe you’re here, and at the same time, I can’t imagine that you were ever not here.

When I was pregnant with you, I would get the sweats and a nauseous stomach thinking about what it would be like once you got here.

My only frame of reference was what your brother was like as a newborn and how I handled it.

I’m sure you’ve heard the stories.

So you understand I had reason to be nervous.

Turns out, I was wrong.

From the moment you were handed to me we have been smitten with each other.

The days and nights in the hospital were full of snuggles and whispers and learning each other.  Your deep blue eyes locked onto my face and I fell into them.  Hard.

Your temperament is so calm.  When you are awake, you like to just stare at me.

And if someone else is holding you, and I speak, you crane around to find me.  This may have been an issue at your newborn photoshoot with Missy causing her to shush me into silence.

You are most comfortable in my arms where you nuzzle your nose against me or stare into my face.  Sometimes I think this makes daddy feel left out, but I can’t get enough of it.  It’s just a new feeling to me.

Also new to me?  A baby who sleeps during the day…without me having to hold him.  While standing.  And swaying.

Seriously, little man.  You can sleep for 3-4 hours during the day with no problem.  And you have even given me up to FIVE hours in a row at night.  Sometimes I hold you while you sleep just because I miss you!

You are back up to your birth weight of 8 lbs, 9 ounces which just still seems so tiny to me after your brother who was 9.5 lbs.  Your doc says you are in the 50-75th % for weight and head size.  I declared that tiny.  Daddy said, “no.  he is average.  You are just used to a boy who never drops lower than the 95th % for anything.

True that.

So, you know…tiny.

You look so much like your daddy.  You have his little chin and narrow-shaped eyes.  You have his long toes and his bird legs.

And you are laid-back.

Just like daddy was the exact right complement to my high energy, high drama personality, I think you are that complement to your brother.

He is my wild Eddie Bear and you are my calm little Charlie Bird.

He adores you.

And I can tell, Charlie Bird, that you absolutely love him back.

This morning while I started this letter, Eddie asked daddy to play some music–Lady Gaga’s Poker Face.  He wanted to show you how to “shake your booty.”

Our house was filled with the bump of the bass as daddy and Eddie wiggled their behinds around the kitchen and I sat and giggled.

In a moment of particular hilarity I declared, “Oh how I love my life!”

I don’t know how you did it, Charlie, but you made this crazy happy family even happier.

Welcome to being a Sluiter.

We love you more than any words I could every say or type.


Looking for more of my writing?  I did a post for Women’s History Month at Borderless News and Views this week:  We’re Not There Yet.

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.


  1. This post brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you and your family. I can’t wait to meet my son this August.

  2. As PrettyAllTrue would say, happy sighs. 🙂

  3. he is so cute!

  4. LOVE. I have a feeling that you and I share similar experiences with our firsts and our seconds. We need to talk about that someday. I am SO happy for you. 🙂

  5. This is so beautiful, Katie. I went through the same thing with Quinn that you went through with Eddie. It made me believe that I’m “not a newborn person.” But this post gives me hope. Maybe Q will have a sibling someday after all. Congrats to you and your beautiful family. *hugs*

  6. Oh, that dimple!!!!! You and Cort sure make beautiful babies.

  7. This makes my heart smile. I am so glad he is the perfect puzzle piece for your family! (And such a gorgeous puzzle piece he is!)

  8. This is such a beautiful peace. I can feel your love and contentment right through the screen.

    I am so happy for you.

  9. What a beautiful post…so glad you are getting your rest, enjoying your new little boy and that there is dancing in the home around you. Many more blessings to you sweet lady, and thanks for sharing all this sweetness and goodness with the rest of us. And the dimple? Perfect!

  10. Le sigh.

    And these are all Lessons Learned? No?

    How they are all different? How your heart can make room for more than one. How Someone knows how much we can handle. And look at you writing? Who’da thunk it! He’s gorgeous! Like his daddy, sure. But he understands his mommy. Knows just what she needs. So happy for all of you.

    Now where’s that video of Eddie shaking his rump-shaker? 😉

  11. Your happiness makes my heart happy. He is truly a beautiful little boy.

  12. Oh, look at that dimple! He’s adorable.

  13. My heart is melted.
    He’s grown so much already.
    Tell him to stop.

  14. That’s a mighty fine looking dude you have there. But, on the tiny thing — whenever I see a newborn, I think there’s absolutely way that either of my kids were ever that small.

    You did chose the “grow at a slow pace” option when he was born, right? So that he won’t get bigger.

  15. Aw… happy sighs, my friend. Happy sighs. xoxo