A Letter to My Daughter

Dear Greta,

Today you turn six months old. You’ve been with us for a half a year already! I can’t believe it has been that long. When you were super itty bitty and things were hard (you slept a lot less then, and mommy and daddy didn’t really know what they were doing), we thought the days were creeping by and longed for the day that you’d be the age you are now – able to laugh and play with us. Now I look back at pictures of you when you first came home to live with us and, although I can still remember how hard it was being a brand new parent, all I see is a beautiful little girl who I love more than I ever thought I could love anyone or anything. Yes, I see a tired, stressed out mama, but you steal the show.

I do remember how hard those first weeks were, not just because of loss of sleep and cluelessness, but because we were scared about the syndrome that we learned you had when you were only one week old. Baby, that day was hard for Mommy and Daddy. I wanted so badly to be strong and brave for you, but all I could do was cry and ask God, “Why our little girl?” But Greta, God was taking care of you the whole time you were inside my body. He knit you together in there, and made sure that you made it out safely. There may be some hard things ahead, but you are doing so well. You are one of the 1% of girls with Turner Syndrome that makes it through pregnancy. And as far as we know, there aren’t any major health issues for you yet. Our little fighter-miracle girl. We are so thankful that you’re here.

you at two weeks old

you at two weeks old

It has been such a joy to watch you learn and grow. You got your first two teeth when you were only three months old, and now at six months you are working on four more (you have bitten me a few times with those teeth – not okay). You learned to roll over at around three months. We were happy to see you do it, but then you kept rolling over in your sleep and getting really mad about it. Now you can work it out on your own, and even prefer sleeping on your belly. We have a video monitor (yes, I watch you sleep), and I love seeing you in your bed sound asleep, on your belly with your cute little thumb in your mouth. One day we’ll have to work on not sucking your thumb, but for now it is one of Mommy’s favorite things. You love to jump, and recently have started chewing on your socks (while they’re on your feet, of course). It’s a little gross, but also really adorable. Right now, you’re working on strengthening your muscles so you can learn to sit up and crawl. I don’t know when you’ll learn to do those things, but I know that the crawling is going to be a huge change. Pretty soon we’ll start giving you solid food. I’m sure there will be lots of pictures and videos for you to see of how those first experiences with food go (think diaper only, covered in avocado – perfect for a graduation or wedding slide show).

Only six more months until your first birthday. I’m excited to see all the things you’ll learn to do between now and then, and to see your little personality continue to develop. It is wonderful to be your mom, and to be a part of your story. I love you with everything I have.

Love,

Mommy

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you at six months old