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Dear Laila,

Everyone always asks if you are always such a happy baby and you truly are! Except for when you want to wake up at ridiculous hours of the morning to “talk”. Yesterday, however, I had to wake you up! This was a first! We had to leave for nanas and at 7:30 you were still sound asleep (why you can’t do this when we have no morning obligations is beyond me)! 

Your little baby squeaks and squeals are the cutest and I don’t look forward to the day when they stop.

We have lots of mommy baby play dates this week so hopefully you will be sleeping well… I think I am getting a cold and I’m going to need some extra rest!

Love you dearly buggy. 

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Dear Laila

Nana is back in town (thank goodness!) and is super excited to be able to spend more time with you again. Daddy and I joined a gym and you’ll be able to go to the nursery once you’re 6 months old. I am still extremely nervous to leave you with anyone besides family but since I’ll be at the gym while you’re there it makes me feel a little bit better. We have been going to lots of baby play dates and you started swimming lessons, which you absolutely love! I love getting to watch you smile and laugh and grow every day. You are such a special baby and I am so lucky to be your Mama.

Love you to pieces. 

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Dear Laila,

I promise to read to you as much as possible. Finding a love for reading early will open so many doors for you later.

I promise to sing to you daily. You’re my best critic. I know you don’t care if I sound like a dying cat. I remember being little and thinking my mom (nana) had the most beautiful voice. 

I promise to support you in whatever passion(s) you find, but I also promise to suggest you stick to things you may not like at the time.

I promise to cook more and to incorporate healthy foods into your diet, once you move beyond breast milk.

I promise to love you forever and always. I love you more and more every day, buggy. 

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Dear Laila,

I promise I’m not getting lazy… I’m getting busy! I have been working on my store, loving you, and creating our very own meet up group! I look forward to the interactions you will get to have with other babies!

 You are a little Rollie poly lately! I put you on your back in your pack-n-play and if I turn around for a second you are on your stomach! It seems like this has happened over night. You are growing up so fast. 

I have also been cooking more lately… Need to get better at this so I can make family dinners in the near future.

You are the sweetest, smiley, lovey baby and I just adore you. 

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Dear Laila,

Today you rolled over from your back to your stomach in front of me for the first time!!! I am so proud if you, you big 4 month old! You are my world, love.

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Dear Laila,

Tonight is New Years Eve and mama is sick… So while daddy goes out I get to spend my night with you (I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way). We are going to hang out in bed with a box of Kleenex and Netflix. Lucky lucky you. I love you buggy, 2016 is going to be a wonderful year watching you grow up.

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Dear Laila,

I want you to know that whatever the circumstance is… I love you more than I ever thought humanly possible. Sometimes your father and I argue. I hope when you are old enough to understand that you never have to witness it. I never want you to blame yourself for anything, like I used to as a kid. You are very loved and I’m sorry because I know that everything won’t always be how I have dreamt it to be for you. I want only the best for you. I love you so much.  

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Dear Laila,

Sorry it has been so long since I have written. You have been waking up earlier in the morning to chat. I think it’s adorable, dad may be a little grumpy because “he has to work” – you keep doing you, little bug! I’ll talk to you at 6:00 am, no problem! We had a great time at your first Hanukkah. Nana and GG started you a fund for college! I’m so grateful that they were able to do that for you. Next week will be your first Christmas and I’m excited for that as well. You’ve started to mimic the sounds I make and I just had a dream that you said “stinky baby” (which is what I call you sometimes, forgive me!)

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. I love you.

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Dear Laila,

Before I had you I never knew why people wanted to have more than one child since I was an only child myself. Now I know. Although I can’t picture myself ever loving anyone or anything more than I love you, I also love you as a baby and I get sad thinking about you growing up. You are the sweetest little baby and I love squeezing and cuddling you. I love when you’re trying so hard to fight going to sleep but your eyes slowly become too heavy for you to keep open. I love your little pouty face but hate knowing your uncomfortable or sad when you make it. Sometimes it’s hard to get things done when you’re my responsibility for most of the day. You’re the biggest and most important responsibly I have and ever will have. I’m learning to try to take time for myself, but it’s hard when I no longer think about things in terms of what’s good for me, instead I think about what is good for you. I guess that’s what being a mom is all about. I love being your mom. I love you so much.

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Dear Laila,

Today is the first day I have fit into a pair of pre pregnancy jeans!!! We went shopping for you though, instead of me, because that’s how life works now. I got your dress for your photo shoot this Saturday and I am so excited to give adorable pictures of you this year as gifts. You’re trying so hard to roll over. I’m excited and scared for you to be able to do so. You are my sunshine. I love you more than you know. Xo