My Darling Girl,
Yesterday marked one whole week that you've been out in the world, and what a wonderful and delirious week it's been for the Gwyn family. You've been a great sleeper, sleeping through the night three nights in a row this week, and of course just when I was bragging about that feat to your pediatrician you decided to stay up until 5 am that night. But that's ok because there's something so lovely about walking around the house with you at night watching your wide-awake eyes take in every shadow and every light. I get a lot of thinking done at night walking the floors of our apartment with you in my arms.
If seven days is any indication of your personality, you're going to be a curious little lady. When awake you're absorbing the sights and sounds of our home with bright, wide eyes. You love looking at and listening to the wind chime we have hanging over our kitchen sink; the Christmas tree holds an endless fascination for you; and the sound of the overhead oven fan soothes you when you're fussy. In fact, we keep the oven fan on all high all night long, so you can hear it in our bedroom.
Yesterday you had your very first appointment with Dr. Texidore, your and S's pediatrician. You grew half an inch from 20 inches at birth to 20 1/2 inches at one week. Dr. Tex was impressed with your weight gain. You gained all the weight you lost the first few days before my breast milk came in and even gained a few more ounces on top of that. Your weight at birth was 7 lbs. and 15 oz., but you got down to about 7 lbs. and 2 oz. before my milk arrived. As of yesterday you weighed 8 lbs. and 2 oz. That means you've gained a whole pound in just a few short days. It's no wonder because you nurse all the time. You came out of the womb knowing just how to do this without any encouragement from me.
All the Gwyns are madly in-love with you, especially your big brother, who loves to hold you and dote on you as often as possible. He rubs my back while I nurse, kisses your forehead when you cry, sings you lullabies to sleep. You are a very lucky lady to have this new little best friend always by your side. Your papa is also smitten with you, smiling and laughing every time you look at him. He's already told his friends that you've got him wrapped around your finger. He is such a sure and confident father, a natural. I'd forgotten what an expert swaddler he is; he makes you into the neatest baby burrito at night before we go to sleep, and you sleep tight and cozy for hours this way.
Week one with you has been a lot easier than we expected. Your papa and I are a perfect team, alternating waking shifts at night, fetching items for each other before anyone has to ask for them, staying up late with you watching old episodes of Roseanne on Netflix, taking turns entertaining Seamus and knowing just what the other person needs without having to say a word. I don't know if it's your personality of if it's our experience with a newborn already (or both), but life with a new extra family member has not been nearly as difficult as we expected (so far). You fit right into our lives as if you were always meant to be here.